Fiction

Leave it to Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse

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And no, don’t let the plain cover fool you, these stories are hilarious.  The man whose picture is on the cover is British humorist, Sir Pelham Grenvile Wodehouse, also known as P.G. Wodehouse.  I found this collection of stories while browsing through some of the free Kindle books, and what a delightful find it was.

The two main characters are the rich but bumbling, Bertie Wooster and his highly resourceful valet, Jeeves.  When you think of the consummate “gentleman’s personal gentleman” who can anticipate the needs and desires of his employer, Jeeves is your man.

Between Wooster’s money, connections, and life of leisure, and Jeeves’ intelligence and creativity in getting his boss and many of his friends out of various scrapes, you have a collection of stories quite unlike any other.  They are well thought out, unique, and with surprise endings, each of them, as Jeeves shows that a man in service has much more intelligence than one who is given everything without laboring for it.  And, although Wooster is the employer, it is he who is more dependent on Jeeves than the other way around, as he states more than once.

You see these two evading the inquiries of a nosy aunt, helping friends and cousins both in Britain and the US, and doing it all with humorous panache.  They are the perfect pre-bedtime stories and endlessly enjoyable.

9.5 out of 10 Stars

 

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