The Literary Horizon: Carry On, Jeeves

Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

A full cast of Wodehouse creations—including tyrannical relatives, beastly acquaintances, demon children, and literary fatheads—return for further near catastrophes and sparkling comedy

A Gentleman of Leisure is a comic novel dedicated to Douglas Fairbanks—who starred in the film version—and concerns a young man, his love life, and a burglary. Famiiliar Wodehouse characters from both sides of the ocean make appearances. Meanwhile, in Hot Water, J. Wellington Gedge is the man who has everything—but finds himself caught in a series of international events which will, if he doesn’t put a stop to it, leave him wearing the sissy uniform of the American ambassador to Paris. Summer Moonshine involves Sir Buckstone Abbott trying to sell what is probably the ugliest home in England, as well as a complicated love quadrangle and Carry On, Jeeves is a collection of stories in which Jeeves take charge and a familiar bevy of individuals appeal to him to solve their problems—and are never disappointed.

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I’m familiar with Jeeves and Wooster—specifically, the television adaptation starring Hugh Laurie (whose daft, sweet nitwits there and in Blackadder are works of comedic art) and Stephen Fry, which I watched with my mother a few years back. I’ve even flirted with audiobooks of the later collections, but I’m a completionist, and I have to start at the beginning.

Farheen at Beanbag Tales enjoyed it thoroughly. Kate at What Kate’s Reading loved it and laughed out loud reading it. Rebecca at Rebecca Reads enjoyed it. And Eva at A Striped Armchair found it hilarious.

Carry On, Jeeves was published on October 7, 1927 in the United States.

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