Just Enough Jeeves: Right Ho, Jeeves; Joy in the Morning; Very Good, Jeeves

Just Enough Jeeves: Right Ho, Jeeves; Joy in the Morning; Very Good, Jeeves


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ISBN-13: 9780393339437
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/18/2010
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 426,519
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

P. G. Wodehouse was born in England in 1881 and in 1955 became an American citizen. He published more than ninety books and had a successful career writing lyrics and musicals in collaboration with Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton, and Cole Porter, among others.

Robert McCrum is the associate editor of The Observer and lives in London with his wife, Sarah Lyall. His books include the bestselling The Story of English, My Year Off, Wodehouse: A Life, and Globish.

Date of Birth:

October 15, 1881

Date of Death:

February 14, 1975

Place of Birth:

Guildford, Surrey, England

Place of Death:

Southampton, New York


Dulwich College, 1894-1900

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Evelyn Waugh

Mr. Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.

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Just Enough Jeeves: Right Ho, Jeeves; Joy in the Morning; Very Good, Jeeves 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
camelama on LibraryThing 8 months ago
While I give Wodehouse's work a 5 star rating, I had to mark down this collection due to the selections inside. The first half is perfection, a nice mix of short Jeeves stories. But the second half drags with the addition of the novels. It's certainly not a collection I'd give to a novice Plum reader. For the more advanced readers, it's fine. Still ... somehow, it seems a bit off. I'd rather have had a better mix of all shorts stories than the plodding feeling I got when the novels started up. I'd love to hear why they (who?) chose what to include in this omnibus. So - 5 stars for Wodehouse, 3 stars for the collection.
cjsdg on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Cracking good stuff. I snorted in my chair dozens of times, even at the stories I had read time and again. Wodehouse was one of the great masters of humor, and his every analogy and metaphor a sight to behold.This is a newly combined volume from WW Norton, putting together Joy in the Morning, Very Good, Jeeves, and Right Ho, Jeeves together in one volume, giving you, as the title indicates, just enough Jeeves. Spanning the heart of Wodehouse's productivity, these three volumes gives us Jeeves at his finest, with one of the very best Jeeves novels in the lead-off spot, sandwiching the short story collection Very Good, Jeeves, and finishing with one of the most famous novels, Right Ho, Jeeves. Wodehouse's biographer Robert McCrum ably introduces these and other salient facts, and gives us a quick sketch of Wodehouse himself in order to launch the thing. Once his agreeable intro has been digested, the fun begins, and doesn't stop until page 712.
Sleepreader on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was so pleased to receive this Early Reviewers book, having been a big fan of Wodehouse for many years. It didn't disappoint. Even the second, third and fourth reads of the Jeeves and Wooster stories are funny, stress-relieving, and mind-tickling. Anyone having a literary friend with a sense of humor should recommend this book to them, as it's a good entry into the world of Wodehouse.
bagambo on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I am a huge fan of Wodehouse and couldn't help but scream in delight when I won this omnibus edition for the Early Reviewers. I loved all three books included in this hefty tome and would definitely recommend this read to anyone and everyone that has ever read any Wodehouse or that simply enjoys reading clever, funny books written with such wit and charm. Bertie and Jeeves get embroiled in silly schemes and escapades yet again and again - each time is funnier than the last. What ho! I laughed out loud and found myself eager to get my hands on more Wodehouse once I finished.
almigwin on LibraryThing 8 months ago
If you love P.G. Wodehouse, this is a terrific book, and easy to carry around when you need a 'pick me up'. Everything in it is hilarious. If you don't know Wodehouse, any place is a place to start. All of his work, and there was a huge amount, was wonderfully funny. These stories have been filmed in the UK with Stephen Fry as Jeeves. The world they inhabit, where a man's valet cooks his meals and irons his clothes, and brings him breakfast in bed is quite an imaginary world now, although before WWII it probably still existed. Jeeves is the brilliant, creative, erudite, impeccable manservant (truly aristocratic) and his employer is a foolish, tasteless bumbler, but they appear to be fond of one another. Everyone should read at least one Wodehouse story.
OldRoses on LibraryThing 8 months ago
If you have never read anything by P.G. Wodehouse, this book is an excellent place to start. It contains two novels and a collection of short stories, all featuring Bertie Wooster and his omniscient manservant, Jeeves. The stories collected here span most of Wodehouse¿s career, from among the first Jeeves stories to the last.One drawback to reading an anthology like this is that it is much like watching a "House" marathon on television. The plotlines are all the same. In House¿s case, the first 15 minutes are devoted to the setup, introducing the new patient, his/her misdiagnosis and the friends and family surrounding him/her. The next forty minutes see House and his team pursue various clues while making wildly wrong diagnoses until in the final ten minutes House has an epiphany and comes up with the correct diagnosis. The fun, of course, is in the byplay between the characters and like any good mystery, guessing which are the real clues and which are the red herrings.Wodehouse¿s Jeeves stories are much the same. Each story starts out with Bertie and his friends and relatives faced with a seemingly insurmountable personal situation, which after much drama is neatly solved by Jeeves. The fun in these stories is the dry, English humor and guessing what solution Jeeves will come up with. "Drama" is relative. Like "Seinfeld", these stories are about "nothing". Nothing important (to anyone but the rich, selfish characters) ever happens. No one ever dies or is seriously hurt. Yet to the characters in the stories, the situations in which they find themselves, are of vital importance. Only Jeeves can save them.All the stories are told from Bertie¿s point of view. We are never privileged to enter into Jeeves character or thinking other than to hear his explanations of the solutions he comes up with to solve the dilemmas of the idle rich. His simple but effective answers to their seemingly insurmountable problems, offers him an opportunity to comment on their ignorance without actually calling them morons. Bertie and his friends and family remain blissfully unaware that he is mocking them.
billiecat on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I confess I collect the Colectors Wodehouse so I had no need to register for this book when it came out as a Early Reviewer choice, but as I can never get just enough Jeeves I yielded to temptation and signed up. This is a good collection of three very good books by Wodehouse. The last, "Very Good, Jeeves," in my opinion one of the fruitiest of Wodehouse's works ever, but overall a good collection. If you are already a fan you probably already own these books, and while the introduction is good it's not worth re-purchasing the novels. On the other hand, if you haven't been introduced to Jeeves yet, this is probably just enough to whet your appetite for more.
brewergirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was a huge Jeeves & Wooster fan long before receiving this book through Early Reviewers, but it was wonderful to re-discover these delightful characters again. This volume includes 3 separate books ... 2 novels and 1 collection of short stories ... all revolving around Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves. Personally I prefer the novels so that there is sufficient time for Bertie and his friends to get themselves into a sticky situation ... only to have Jeeves and his impressive brain come to their rescue. These are perfect stories for dipping into when you need a pick-me-up. (And they have inspired me to dig out my Lucia books by E.F. Benson as well!)
cmbohn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Everywhere you go, you are surrounded by idiots. Driving around town, in the grocery store, at work, at play, in the restaurants, in banks, on television, at the movie theater, at school, sadly, sometimes, in your very own home. Is there nowhere one can be safe from this infestation of low intelligence?Luckily for us all, there is one man who stand against this tide of cretinism. That man is Jeeves. And Jeeves is a man among men. If you are among those afflicted, rush out and purchase this book, Just Enough Jeeves. Yes, it is large. Yes, it is yellow. Yes, it is told backwards. Perhaps there is a reason for this. In any case, you certainly need this book. Take it home. Breathe it in. Admire the cover. Reassuring images of Jeeves will remind you that yes, there is sanity in the world. There he is - Jeeves, holding an umbrella, answering the telephone, reading the newspaper, protecting you from the dark forces of stupidity that threaten our very existence. And that's only the cover. Just think what awaits you when you begin reading. No matter how idiotic your acquaintances are, no matter how asinine your friends or coworkers, they can't begin to approach the antics that are contained in the book itself. Not so much from Jeeves esteemed employer, I hasten to say. Bertram Wooster, while no daring intellectual, is positively brimming with gray matter compared to his bosom pals of the Drones club. But of others - well, when I say Jeeves is their only hope, I state only the plain and honest fact. This book will give you hope for the future of humanity. You owe it to yourself to own a copy. Give one to similarly afflicted friends and share the joy.
stuart10er on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I sometimes envy other readers. There is much joy in reading again a beloved book, but there is nothing to match the enjoyment of when you read that book for the first time. Each successive reading brings new insights, new appreciation of the author's craftsmanship, new details that you missed. However, I envy those who have not yet met Jeeves and Wooster on the printed page. They are in for a treat!These three works, collected into an omnibus edition, are an excellent first journey into this world. Two are full length novels and one is a set of shorter stories. I think "Joy in the Morning" is just about the finest novel in this style, that is a universe that is peopled by well-to-do gentlemen about town with their gentleman's gentleman. They have nothing better to do than to dabble in an occasional project and to flit from party to party, the city to the countryside. The plots are well crafted, but predictable. Bertie Wooster, or one of his many friends, lands in the "soup" and Jeeves, his man about the house, must rise to the call and find a way out of the mess. It always works out, but with hilarious results.Again - I envy you if you haven't read these stories. You'll never get to read them for the first time again - but you will enjoy them none the less.