Thank You, Jeeves

Thank You, Jeeves (Bertie Wooster & Jeeves), paperback,

Thank You, Jeeves: (Jeeves & Wooster), paperback,

This is a very pleasant P. G. Wodehouse novel about Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves. The story is of the “Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl” variety, the boy being Bertie’s friend Lord Chuffnell (known as Chuffy) and the girl being the American Pauline Stoker who was briefly in the past the fiancee of Bertie. Most of the action takes place in and around the country seat of Lord Chuffnell. Because of objection to Bertie’s playing of the banjolele, Jeeves has left Bertie’s employment and is working at times for Lord Chuffnell and at another time for Pauline’s father. Bertie is renting a cottage from Lord Chuffnell because neighbors of Bertie’s flat in London had objected to the sound of his banjolele. The book has Wodehouse’s usual delightful prose style and humor, and there are enough interesting plot twists to make the book a page-turner.

The book was first published in 1934. A caveat is that the vocabulary and some of the story reflect English thinking on African Americans in 1934 in a way that is not consistent with the political correctness of the twenty-first century. If you judge works of the past by the standards of the present, this book would not be for you.