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My Man Jeeves – P. G. Wodehouse (Book Review)

My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse is the firstΒ second full-length humorous book I read recently. Just before reading this, I tried to read ‘Three Men in a Boat’. Although that book was funny (until where ever I dropped it), it tested my patience without a story, or a story that moved tooooooo slow. So I dropped it mid-way.

But this book, at least in comparison, is a GEM. It’s more like a collection of short stories πŸ™‚

First thing first. Whatever the name of the protagonist (Pepper?), he has been created as such an adorable character by the author. I think the characterization is one of the biggest advantages of this book. Jeeves – his maidservant, by contrast, is not adorable, but is resourceful and still likeable. All the other characters are realistic – there are surprisingly no cardboard characters in this book, to the credit of the author!

The second thing that worked in this book is the slightly difficult (but by no means disastrous) situations the main character is put into frequently. Often, he walks into those situations himself! The author surely has a lot of imagination πŸ™‚

The vulnerability of the main character is what makes the book humorous, IMO. If he was created stronger – I don’t think, even with all those innovative situations, this book would have worked. The writing style needs a special mention: The Royal British English definitely adds charm to the writing. Wonder how good this book would have been if an American or an Indian author had written it!

Altogether, an excellent humorous read for a pleasant weekend. Don’t miss reading a humorous classic πŸ™‚

Gutenberg Download link for eBook (Free): My Man Jeeves.

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8 Comments

    • Rajesh K

      You can just download it from Gutenberg site and listen to it using an app (FBReader) in your phone. That’s what I did! If you have a tablet, you can even read it easily using that.

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  • Ashwini CN

    I recently read ‘Carry on Jeeves’ and I love that character. How he always has a solution to a problem and his amazing contacts! Going to read more in that series πŸ™‚

  • Rohini

    PGW! He is one of my favorites πŸ™‚ I got the whole Jeeves collection last year… I just have one book left πŸ™‚
    Whenever I feel low, I just pick up one of his books and it definitely lifts my spirits πŸ™‚
    Liked your review of the book! πŸ™‚