A highly amusing book of short stories, My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse features the characters Jeeves and Bertie Wooster and Reggie Pepper. The stories all follow a similar format, united by similar themes (which is pretty typical for collections of short stories). Our protagonists constantly find themselves in predicaments caused by miscommunications or, quite frequently, lack of direct communication altogether.
From helping friends scam money out of their wealthy family members to staging crimes, these 3 will find any excuse to avoid direct confrontation. It’s hilariously frustrating; especially if you’ve ever met someone as evasive as them in real life. The schemes in each story often lead to further shenanigans such as theft, deception, and fraud.
Rather than confronting their issues, Wodehouse’s characters always pull off a grand feat of mental gymnastics, making the moral sound immoral and convincing themselves that immorality is the only good solution to their problems.
Can you guess how it tends to work out?
As for Wodehouse’s writing style, it’s clever, playful, and distinct. Why not read some of his stories to find out for yourself? You can find My Man Jeeves online in these places:
- Project Gutenberg - Page by Page Books (broken into sections by story) - Many Books - eBooksRead
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