Very Good, Jeeves!

P.G. Wodehouse

Penguin 1957
A book review by Danny Yee © 1992
This is a collection of short stories about Bertram Wooster, a typical upper-class parasite, and his personal valet Jeeves, who quotes Virgil, understands Freud, and always finds a solution to Bertie's problems. Apparently there is a whole series of collections of stories about these two characters...

The stories are sort of amusing, but I have no inclination to read any more of them. They must have been pretty reactionary when written — now they are just quaint. I suspect that within half a century they will be completely unintelligible to anyone, with the possible exception of anthropologists studying the esoteric rituals and customs of upper-class England early in the 20th century.

Note (added April 1995): this review has prompted much dissent — there are a large number of Jeeves fans out there! I think I must have been in an odd mood when I wrote the review, since I have read more Jeeves stories since and didn't have nearly that negative a reaction to them.

September 1992

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%T Very Good, Jeeves!
%A Wodehouse, P.G.
%I Penguin
%D 1957
%O paperback
%G ISBN 0140284109
%P 252pp