Book #11: Carry On, Jeeves

Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse is a collection of stories about the well-known characters of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves – beloved characters of literature for over a century, and of Jeeves and Wooster on the BBC and Ask Jeeves fame. The first story shows how Jeeves and Wooster are put together, when Bertie requests a new valet. Bertie, a London society gentleman who seems to get into an awful lot of trouble for not doing much more than laze about, realizes Jeeves is not only an excellent valet, but a brainy schemer who gets Bertie and his friends out of fixes. Jeeves is often getting Bertie out of engagements he somehow stumbled into, or rescuing a friend being threatened to lose their allowance from their rich aunt or uncle. The book is episodic, with each story as a stand-alone, so an easy read. Wodehouse’s British humor is wry and ironic and even laugh-out-loud funny at points. Written in the early 1900s, he crafts a world of humorous characters and situations, while offering a satire of the declining English aristocracy. This was my pick for my book club (each member picks the book on their month; I had March) and I look forward to sharing it with my ladies. This book was also the first I attempted on audiobook. This particular novel took a while to get used to the British accent of the narrator, but besides that it was convenient to be able to listen while I drove. But overall, audiobooks aren’t for me – I just enjoy the heft of a book in my hand and being able to flip around through the pages.

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