Just Wodehouse #BookBytes 18

I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet in memory of one of my favourite authors who happens to have his birthday today – Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, ‘Plum’.

The interesting thing about this first quote is that Wodehouse is trying to quote Shakespeare but in his own inimitable way. The Bard would probably have turned many times over in his grave, at the casual informality.

“As Shakespeare says, if you’re going to do a thing you might as well pop right at it and get it over.”

– Very Good Jeeves, PG Wodehouse

And this one made me laugh out loud.

“It isn’t often that Aunt Dahlia lets her angry passions rise, but when she does, strong men climb trees and pull them up after them.”

– Right Ho Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse

Imagine climbing up a tree and pulling it up after you. Priceless!

Finally, this last one simply because it’s so HIM.

“What ho!” I said.
“What ho!” said Motty.
“What ho! What ho!”
“What ho! What ho! What ho!”
After that it seemed rather difficult to go on with the conversation.”

– My Man Jeeves, PG Wodehouse

What’s your favourite Wodehouse book? Or a favourite quote?

You can read more about him  here.


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8 Replies to “Just Wodehouse #BookBytes 18”

  1. I have not read any of the Wodehouse books. To be fair, I tried one once but the style of humour kept evading me and then I gave up. Are there any firsts in the series that I should pick up in order to give it a try one more time?


    1. You must give it another try Anamika. The humour is subtle and can have you absolutely laughing out loud. You could begin with The Inimitable Jeeves or Carry on Jeeves. Looking forward to hearing from you. let me know which one you’ve picked up and we could maybe read it together. What say?

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  2. I loved the second quote- thats really imaginatively quirky. But I was never able to read PG Wodehouse as I couldnt get the writing- it felt dry! Maybe now I should try once again. Recommend me something to start with please Tulika?


  3. Oh! I never saw P.G.Wodehouse referred to as “Sir” before! How marvelous for him to have earned that recognition!

    I just discovered his writing a couple weeks ago. It was October 15 when I began rehearsing a chapter that I recorded for LibriVox.org! What a nice coincidence!


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