My Man Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse

My Man Jeeves

From the Publisher:

My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves. Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments. Where Bertie is impetuous and feeble, Jeeves is cool-headed and poised. This collection, the first book of Jeeves and Wooster stories, includes “Absent Treatment,” “Helping Freddie,” “Rallying Round Old George,” “Doing Clarence a Bit of Good,” “Fixing It for Freddie,” and “Bertie Changes His Mind.”

My thoughts:

I enjoyed these short stories, but as it happens will almost all short stories, I didn’t really love them.  The main reason for that is that I don’t really enjoy short stories.  Most of them fall short of plot and character development, and are very formulaic and predictable.  All of these stories involve a friend of Bertie’s getting in trouble, coming to Bertie for help, and Jeeves saving the day.  I would have loved to see more development, and maybe a little more variance in the stories themselves.  The stories were enjoyable, but I couldn’t help feeling that something was missing.

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