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The Inimitable Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
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The Inimitable Jeeves (original 1923; edition 2011)

by P. G. Wodehouse (Author)

Series: Jeeves (1)

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A Jeeves and Wooster collectionAn absolute classic collection of linked stories featuring some of the funniest episodes in the life of Bertie Wooster, gentleman, and Jeeves, his gentleman's gentleman -in which Aunt Agatha stalks the pages, seeking whom she may devour, Bertie's friend Bingo Little falls in love with seven different girls in succession (he marries the last, the bestselling romantic novelist Rosie M. Banks), and Bertie, with Jeeves's help, just evades the clutches of the terrifying Honoria Glossop. At its heart is one of Wodehouse's most delicious stories, 'The Great Sermon Handicap.'… (more)
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Title:The Inimitable Jeeves
Authors:P. G. Wodehouse (Author)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2011), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
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The Inimitable Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (1923)

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The Inimitable Jeeves is a collection of early Jeeves and Wooster short stories - all published individually between 1918 and 1922 - which form an episodic novel. (The seams are well hidden, but each story can really stand alone.)

If you're keen to read the Jeeves stories in order, I recommend the omnibus The World of Jeeves which collects all the short stories, and includes these in their "definitive" versions, which include some reworking.

It's worth noting that Wodehouse was past 40 when this collection was published - and he still had another 50 years of writing Jeeves stories to go! Bertie's narrative voice, Jeeves' exquisite manner, and the gallery of grotesques and incompetents who surround them - they're all fully formed this early in the game. It's a satisfying collection, however I strongly believe that Wodehouse is at his best in novel form. The short stories can begin to tire if read in excess - Wodehouse is, after all, like eating a packet of sweets or drinking an entire bottle of fine wine. The pitch-perfect conjunction of interlaced plots would be the hallmark of this series, once he started writing long-form versions in the 1930s.

Still, rather marvelous. ( )
  therebelprince | Jun 24, 2021 |
One of the best Jeeves novels. ( )
  addunn3 | Apr 13, 2021 |
This is the second installment in the Jeeves series. In this volume Bertie is serving primarily as agony aunt to Bingo Little, who falls in love with a new girl every week and enlists Bertie’s aid in winning her affections. Various hijinks invariably ensue. Aunt Agatha also comes in at the beginning to terrorize Bertie, and his cousins Claude and Eustace do their bit to liven up his life in the most inconvenient way possible. Through it all, of course, the unflappable Jeeves pulls young Bertie out of the soup every time.

This was exactly what I needed to read at the moment. Because this is a Bingo-heavy volume, the stories could feel a bit repetitive, but I laughed out loud at least once per chapter, and the whole book was thoroughly enjoyable. Of course, I always picture Jeeves and Wooster as Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, which really makes it even more fun. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Feb 20, 2021 |
Largely missing Wodehouses's usual brilliant writing. I wasn't compelled to highlight much at all.

> I suppose every chappie in the world has black periods in his life to which he can't look back without the smoldering eye and the silent shudder. Some coves, if you can judge by the novels you read nowadays, have them practically all the time; but, what with enjoying a sizable private income and a topping digestion, I'm bound to say it isn't very often I find my own existence getting a flat tire. That's why this particular epoch is one that I don't think about more often than I can help. ( )
  breic | Dec 17, 2020 |
Bertie and Jeeves, what a pair! Absolutely made for each other. ( )
  AthulyaGireesan | Nov 17, 2020 |
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Wodehouse, P. G.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Case, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hitch, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
IonicusCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jarvis, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schmitz, FredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A Jeeves and Wooster collectionAn absolute classic collection of linked stories featuring some of the funniest episodes in the life of Bertie Wooster, gentleman, and Jeeves, his gentleman's gentleman -in which Aunt Agatha stalks the pages, seeking whom she may devour, Bertie's friend Bingo Little falls in love with seven different girls in succession (he marries the last, the bestselling romantic novelist Rosie M. Banks), and Bertie, with Jeeves's help, just evades the clutches of the terrifying Honoria Glossop. At its heart is one of Wodehouse's most delicious stories, 'The Great Sermon Handicap.'

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In a series of brilliantly plotted episodes, Bertie and Jeeves help Bingo Little with his love-life, as Bingo is involved successively with tea-shop waitress Mabel; Honoria Glossop (whose laugh sounds like a train going through a tunnel); gold-toothed revolutionary Charlotte Corday Rowbotham; earl's daughter Cynthia; vicar's niece, Mary; and Rosie M. Banks, romantic novelist. Includes 18 stories: 1. Jeeves Exerts the Old Cerebellum, 2. No Wedding Bells for Bingo, 3. Aunt Agatha Speaks Her Mind, 4. Pearls Mean Tears, 5. The Pride of the Woosters is Wounded, 6. The Hero's Reward, 7. Introducing Claude and Eustace, 8. Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch, 9. A Letter of Introduction, 10. Startling Dressiness of a Lift Attendant, 11. Comrade Bingo, 12. Bingo Has a Bad Goodwood, 13. The Great Sermon Handicap, 14. The Purity of the Turf, 15. The Metropolitan Touch, 16. The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace, 17. Bingo and the Little Woman, 18. All's Well
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