Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Carry On, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse

Carry On, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse lives today in the Ask Jeeves search engine.

Jeeves is a "gentleman's personal gentleman," or valet during the 1920s. He is unflappable, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. In each of the little vignettes, Jeeves cleverly solves some personal problem, often through his contacts with relatives or other servants. Many of the problems center around young men about town having their allowance cut off.

The book is also fun to read for the idiosyncratic language.
He was a chap who never borrowed money. He said he wanted to keep his pals, so never bit anyone's ear on principle.
While most of these phrases has passed from current usage, others are alive and well, and doing quite nicely, thank you.
However, if you don't want to be one of the What is Wrong With This Picture brigade, you must observe convention, so I shook his hand as warmly as I could.
Light reading from the roaring twenties.

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