Review: My Man Jeeves

Publisher: The Overlook Press
Published: May 10, 2007
Hardcover, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781585678754
Genre: Fiction
Source: Publisher


Who can forget our beloved gentleman's personal gentleman, Jeeves, who ever comes to the rescue when the hapless Bertie Wooster falls into trouble. My Man Jeeves is sure to please anyone with a taste for pithy buffoonery, moronic misunderstandings, gaffes, and aristocratic slapstick.

"Leave It to Jeeves"
"Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest" 
"Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg" 
"Absent Treatment"
"Helping Freddie"
"Rallying Round Old George"
"Doing Clarence a Bit of Good"
"The Aunt and the Sluggard"

My Thoughts

I was first introduced to P.G. Wodehouse by the television series Jeeves and Wooster starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. My husband and I were browsing Netflix or Hulu when we came across "if you like this _________, then try this__________. And so we did. We were immediately hooked by the comic duo. 

So when the opportunity came to read and review My Man Jeeves, I couldn't say no. If you're not familiar with Jeeves and Wooster, let me enlighten you. Bertie Wooster is a naive yet lovable character. He employs a butler or valet named Jeeves, who is indispensable. Bertie comes up with some harebrained scheme, and Jeeves cleverly gets him out of whatever trouble Bertie has cooked up. Everyone needs a Jeeves in their life."

"Jeeves is my man, you know. Officially he pulls in his weekly wage for pressing my clothes, and all that sort of thing; but actually he's more like what the poet Johnnie called some bird of his acquaintance who was apt to rally round him in times of need--a guide, don't you know; philosopher, if I remember rightly, and--I rather fancy--friend. I rely on him at every turn."

Jeeves and Wooster made their first appearance in 1915. Wodehouse wrote over thirty-five short stories and eleven novels featuring the two. My Man Jeeves contains eight hilarious stories including a few stories with Wodehouse's original name for Bertie Wooster's: Reggie Pepper . Reading these stories is like stepping back through time. It made me want to use phrases like, "He's a good chapie!" or "Tut, tut, old girl." There were a few laugh-out-loud moments for me as well. P.G. Wodehouse is a brilliant writer who is smart as well as entertaining. His characters will be around long after the world has ended. Do yourself a favor and read this book!