This collection of short stories is a good example of early Wodehouse It is here that Jeeves makes his first appearance with these unremarkable words Mrs Gregson to see you, sir Years later, when Jeeves became a household name, Wodehouse said he blushed to think of the off hand way he had treated the man at their first encounterIn the story Extricating Young Gussie, we find Bertie Wooster s redoubtable Aunt Agatha who had an eye like a man eating fish and had got amoral suasion down to a fine point The other stories are also fine vintage Wodehouse the romance between a lovely girl and a would be playwright, the rivalry between the ugly policeman and Alf the romeo milkman, and the plight of Henry in the title piece, The Man with Two Left Feet, who fell in love with a dance hostess


10 thoughts on “The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories

  1. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    This is a collection of 12 short stories from one of the grand master humorist The blurb says, a good example of early Wodehouse If this is a good example I really do not want to see a bad example as I was left very much underwhelmed The vast majority of the stories around 8 of them can be called cute, but nothing to write home about These reminded me of O Henry some of his tales can be called the same A couple of the stories from this book left me completely cold the cute ones I ju This is a collection of 12 short stories from one of the grand master humorist The blurb says, a good example of early Wodehouse If this is a good example I really do not want to see a bad example as I was left very much underwhelmed The vast majority of the stories around 8 of them can be called cute, but nothing to write home about These reminded me of O Henry some of his tales can be called the same A couple of the stories from this book left me completely cold the cute ones I just mentioned give you at least warm and fuzzy feeling This leave exactly one good one which single handed bumped the rating by one star Extricating Young Gussie Yes, this is the very first tale of Jeeves and Wooster and while the former appeared only in exactly one scene and says exactly one phrase I rate it somewhere between very amusing and funny At least I smiled quite a lot reading it Speaking about humor I chuckled one time reading the first story, smiles during the second one as I mentioned above and that was it Warm and fuzzy feeling is not equal to funny and this was exactly the case here I wanted to read something humorous and thought that Wodehouse can deliver, but here he did not I felt he was still looking for his own voice and style and the search was still in the initial stages So this is a decent book, but not exactly a humorous one My advice would be reading the second tale and skipping everything else unless you are a hardcore fan of Wodehouse and a completist to boot


  2. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    I m on jury duty A particularly nasty case I needed something light, humorous and non taxing to take my mind off of it this weekend Enter P.G Wodehouse Wodehouse is my old fallback when I need a pick me up His comical characters, daffy slapstick and witty turns of phrase threaten to induce knee slaps and a general feeling of being tickled in the best possible way The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories is a very precise title There s the titular tee hee tit short story, which wr I m on jury duty A particularly nasty case I needed something light, humorous and non taxing to take my mind off of it this weekend Enter P.G Wodehouse Wodehouse is my old fallback when I need a pick me up His comical characters, daffy slapstick and witty turns of phrase threaten to induce knee slaps and a general feeling of being tickled in the best possible way The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories is a very precise title There s the titular tee hee tit short story, which wraps up this collection, along with quite a few other shorts Perhaps my favorite, and definitely the most inventive stories herein, are the ones from the point of view of a dog Those were not only humorous, but well crafted as well Other stories revolve around relationship misunderstandings a Wodehouse template , the inability to dance and forlorn love I was surprised and a bit let down by the number of non humorous, purely dramatic often melodramatic pieces here I know that sort of will s he won t s he love story was en vogue around the time this was published, but I didn t realize until this book that Wodehouse wrote such straightforward romances They weren t bad, but meh and unexpected But hey, at least there weren t any golf stories in this collection I m not a big fan of Wodehouse s foray on to the links in prose form My favorite of his books are the ones that include the Wooster and Jeeves characters, which appear in here once The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories as a whole is an early work and the Wooster Jeeves story happens to be the very first appearance of that dynamic duo They and some of the other characters in the story, who also appear in later Wooster Jeeves stories, are not quite fully incubated yet I don t entirely recognize them I actually found that interesting, to see where and who these beloved characters had once been Though it was not the best Wodehouse I ve ever read, and I doubt I ll ever reread this, I m not disappointed overall It was good enough to clear the docket and get my trial temporarily dismissed


  3. Cyndi Cyndi says:

    One of the joys of writing short stories is getting to write something different In this book the wonderful P.G Wodehouse of Jeeves fame, has only one Jeeves story in it Some of the stories aren t even funny Two of them are through the POV of a dog There is lots of romance 1920 s style mostly set in New York, but some in London Hapless heroes and wise heroines This is a group of stories no Wodehouse fan should miss.


  4. Fiona MacDonald Fiona MacDonald says:

    Mostly a very enjoyable selection As with most short story collections there are some that are funnier than others, and some that stick out and make you laugh Stand outs for me were The Mixer written from the perspective of a dog , Wilton s Holiday when a lie catches up with our protagonist , and Extricating Young Gussie purely because it s Jeeves and Wooster A fun bag of tricks.


  5. F.R. F.R. says:

    Really early Wodehouse here, this collection might even count as juvenilia No Wodehouse is pointless to read, but here we re looking at the development of The Master the faltering, sometimes strange steps of The Master rather than The Master himself As usual I ve reviewed each tale as I ve come to itBill the BloodhoundThe lead character s name is actually Henry, but I remember from Robert McCrum s Wodehouse biography that Bill was the name of Wodehouse s best friend and his go to when be Really early Wodehouse here, this collection might even count as juvenilia No Wodehouse is pointless to read, but here we re looking at the development of The Master the faltering, sometimes strange steps of The Master rather than The Master himself As usual I ve reviewed each tale as I ve come to itBill the BloodhoundThe lead character s name is actually Henry, but I remember from Robert McCrum s Wodehouse biography that Bill was the name of Wodehouse s best friend and his go to when bestowing a moniker on stolid, uncomplicated men in his fiction.Nowhere near as funny as later Wodehouse, instead we have what must be the sweetest story ever written centring on a private detective and a chorus girlExtricating Young GussieHooray It s the debut of Jeeves and Wooster Well, I say it s the debut of Jeeves and Wooster, but really it s only Bertie surname unknown Jeeves does appear, yet it s so perfunctory that it s impossible to get a sense of the man or the genius lying within Instead we have Bertie dealing with the romantic concerns of his cousin Gussie and reaching out for the support of the to the best of my recollection never seen again, Aunt Julia We also have Bertie s first visit to New York He s an instant fan Both of these opening stories lack the polish of later Wodehouse, but it s incredible to see that the impeccable prose style of Bertie Wooster is already there, even if Jeeves isn t.Wilton s HolidayThe light souffl of Wodehouse s prose really has no of how to deal with tragedy I m not taking about the tragedy of finding oneself engaged to Madeleine Bassett, but instead proper and actual tragic death Wodehouse tries gamely to deal with the aftermath of a sudden demise here, before realising that he doesn t have the tools and thus makes the tragedy not quite what it seemed at first which has the effect of making the whole story distinctly weird And weirdness is another thing the light souffl of Wodehouse s prose isn t equipped to deal with.An unsuccessful tale then, and surely one of the most peculiar our fledgling Master after published.The MixerThat slike it Funny, erudite and deliciously smart and yet really not at all like Wodehouse I suppose though that if P.G was ever going to write a story from the point of view of a dog, making that dog sound like your typically bemused and na ve English gent was always his best option and so it proves.An outstandingly entertaining and surprising tale If only there was a way he could have made it longer without killing the novelty.Crowned HeadsAnother thing P.G Wodehouse seemingly couldn t do write romantic dialogue for dashing young American types Our hero here is so direct, abrupt and lacking in human feeling, that you could take the passages where he seduces the heroine out and use them in a serial killer novel It didn t help that his name, Ted Brady, reminded me of Ted Bundy Once again an odd story then Even the best authors are fallible.At Geisenheimer sAnother rarity in the Wodehouse canon a female narrated story Actually our narrator here is so hard boiled and cynical she could slide in her dancing shoes into any noir novel This then really doesn t read like Wodehouse It s a sweet tale though, with a twist which might be a tad obvious but makes perfect sense.The Making of MacsReminiscent of Damon Runyon in his prime, although a Runyon who hung out in Leicester Square rather than Time Square and was probably a connoisseur of fish chips Wholly told by a nightclub waiter, it captures the voice and has a good rhythm, but it s once again sweet rather than funny.One Touch of NatureDid they really play exhibition baseball matches at Stamford Bridge Our tale opens with the narrator dizzily walking away from Chelsea F.C s ground and I thought for a moment that P.G had embraced proper English football the fact I read this tale the same day as the FA Cup Final, probably meant I got a bit carried away , but no, as always he has his eye on the American market Still, this story of sport conquering al is one of the best in the collection.Black for LuckIn one of the Mulliner volumes, there are two fantastic stories concerning a cat This is nowhere near as good It s a boy meets girl aided by black cat tale, but there s a moment of strange and completely unnecessary violence in the narrative which leaves a sour taste even at the happy ending.The Romance of an Ugly PolicemanMore than once in this volume we ve seen the young, fledgling Wodehouse try things he s not known for, and if we re honest failing Here though he gambles and wins Sundered hearts and star crossed lovers amongst the working men and women of down at heel Battersea is not the kind of thing P.G generally goes for You don t expect him to take on the romantic triangle of a slightly depressed policeman, a maid with light fingers and a good time milkman it s just all too common and proletariat And yet the tale works like a charm romantic, sweet and genuinely uplifting A Sea of Troubles A would be suicide suddenly finds a new reason to live Unlike its central character, this tale is slender to the point of under nourished, but laughs wise this is one of the funniest on display.The Man with Two Left FeetWith the exception of the Wooster story, this is the most Wodehousian tale in the volume A bookish man takes dance lessons in secret to impress his younger wife, but of course complications arise It s in short the kind of yarn you can imagine Gussie Fink Nottle relating to a goggle eyed Bertie In a collection that s without doubt a mixed bag, although an interesting bag, very much your talking point kind of bag it s good to finish with the inimitable P.G Wodehouse given us a story worthy of his name


  6. Victoria Minks Victoria Minks says:

    3.5 StarsA collection of stories by Wodehouseperfect summer camp reading I enjoyed these so much such funny and sweet stories I recapped one to my mum while we were driving and she was very touched Half a star off for the occasional bad words There are also two stories concerning suicide both times the suicides were decided against or prevented, and there weren t many details, but as it is a sensitive topic I thought I d mention it.


  7. Jessica Jessica says:

    Some very early short stories, including the first brief appearance of Jeeves My favorite story was At Geisenheimer s, which I cannot recommend highly enough.


  8. Helle Helle says:

    I m sorry to say that this collection of short stories was a bit of a disappointment after my enthusiastic encounter with the Jeeves some of them were fun and entertaining, but some were a bit bland and left little impression on me They were well written but seemed like tentative attempts on Wodehouse s part to find out in which direction he was going to take his writing The collection is described as the first in which we meet Bertie Woo I m sorry to say that this collection of short stories was a bit of a disappointment after my enthusiastic encounter with the Jeeves Wooster stories These stories were extremely varied some of them were fun and entertaining, but some were a bit bland and left little impression on me They were well written but seemed like tentative attempts on Wodehouse s part to find out in which direction he was going to take his writing The collection is described as the first in which we meet Bertie Wooster and the formidable Jeeves, but Jeeves only has one line, and Bertie s role as well is marginal That s a choice of course, but I have to admit that the Jeeves Wooster stories are the ones that resonate with me the most


  9. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    The stories ranged from mediocre to good My favorite was probably The Mixer, which was about a dog, told from the dog s point of view.


  10. Katie Hanna Katie Hanna says:

    It s so wild to think I just read THE FIRST JEEVES STORY E V E R Extricating Young Gussie Weird story, tbh, not at all like what you expect from being familiar with the Jeeves and Wooster canon Jeeves doesn t swoop in to solve the conflict with his brilliance he barely even has five lines Still and all, it s great to be able to say that I have now Experienced the Story that Started It All, for myself.