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The First Bertie/Jeeves Collection with Reggie Pepper, too Nov 18, 2007
According to the PG Wodehouse website, this was the first collection of the Jeeves and Bertie stories to be published in book form (in 1919) and also includes three Reggie Pepper stories. Reggie Pepper was the precursor to the Wooster/Jeeves stories and RP is almost a combination of the two. It would seem that PG was smart enough to realize that by splitting the concept into two people, he could create dialog between the two as opposed to writing about RPs musings. History would probably agree that he made the write choice (pun intended).
The W/J stories are standard PG fare with Jeeves always having the right solution to any problem, including which tie to wear. Bertie does a good job of standing in for the 'dissipate' pre-WW1 fin-de-siecle English Aristo who were killed off in droves during 'The Great War' doing their best for King and Country.
More than anything, these stories preserve a time that will never come again and people who probably never really existed in the first place. It would seem that anyone as smart as Jeeves would take his knowledge and make a fortune, don't you know! And that someone like Bertie would either walk in front of a 'motor' or fall down a 'lift shaft', bugger all!
More than that, it preserve a 'language' that in itself is so self-depre- cating as to impress the modern ear as to be comedic in the dryest and funniest sense. Bertie way of speaking and his way of looking at things from that special bent of his, reminds me of John Cleese (in Monty Python) doing his best to give a report from a desk in a field with a war going on behind him. Totally unfazed and non-plussed and unmussed.
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clean surface and sleek condition Feb 27, 2006
the book is in excellent, in fact, perfect, shape, and has a beautiful feel to it--the contents are the usual brilliant Jeeves and Wooster humor!
A bed book for reading in the bed. Jan 1, 2006
I love Jeeves stories and these are some of the first. But not all are about Jeeves and Wooster, thou they would show up in later books changed to be Jeeves and Wooster stories. A bed book, as I pointed out, is meant to be used while in bed. It is designed so you can read it while on your side. I like to read books while laying on my front in bed, so it is nice to have. I had to take a star away for the fact that not ALL stories were of the J & W type.
A cure for insomnia Oct 14, 2005
I listen to audio books all night - re-cuing to where I left off every time I wake up. Jeeves is a very light, relaxing, entertaining listen - especially when narrated by Jarvis. I DO laugh out loud occasionally - even on the 2nd or 5th listen - and even at 3am, but the lightness of the stories and the humor are surpassed (to my taste) only by John Mortimer's Rumpole series read by Leo McKern.
Like "Tootsie" the movie, you won't come away from this with a different outlook on life, but it's good escape and, for me, chases away the worries that night in the George Bush era bring.
Early Jeeves/Wooster, and Reggie Pepper too Jan 22, 2005
This was the earliest (1919) of Wodehouse's short story collections to mention Jeeves in the title, and these are very early Jeeves/Wooster stories. But only half of the stories in this volume are set in the Wooster household. The other half of these stories feature Reggie Pepper. Pepper can be thought of as a proto-Bertie, but he has no Jeeves-like character around. The Reggie Pepper stories are also similar to the Jeeves/Wooster stories in that they are written in Reggie's voice. Once Wodehouse got rolling with the Jeeves/Wooster stories, he abandoned Reggie Pepper. I think there are only eight Reggie Pepper stories in total, with half of them found in this collection.
A few points are worth noting. The earliest Jeeves/Wooster story is not in this collection. That first story was "Extricating Gussie", which is to be found in the 1917 collection "The Man With Two Left Feet." It is in "Extricating Gussie" that Jeeves and Wooster travel to New York. All the Jeeves/Wooster stories in "My Man Jeeves" are set in New York as well. Another factor to bear in mind is that most of these early stories were later reworked, and appear in "Carry On, Jeeves." The story "Leave it to Jeeves" appears in "Carry On" as "The Artistic Career of Corky", with the first few paragraphs re-written for that version. The stories "Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest" and "Jeeves and The Hard-Boiled Egg" appear in "Carry On" with no obvious alterations. Also, the story "Helping Freddie" appears in "Carry On" as "Fixing it for Freddie", but in that case the story has been changed from a Reggie Pepper vehicle to one featuring Bertie and Jeeves - the plot and much of the language carry directly through this transformation.
In short, three of the four Jeeves/Wooster stories, and one of the Reggie Pepper stories, appear, with varying degrees of alteration, in "Carry On, Jeeves." The only Jeeves/Wooster item in this collection that doesn't appear in "Carry On" is "The Aunt and the Sluggard."