by P. G. Wodehouse
This is a funny collection of stories set in the 1920s about the rich, bumbling Englishman Bertie Wooster and his ingenious butler Jeeves, who solves problems faced by Bertie and his friends by figuring out and giving people what they really want, rather than what they think they want. Most of the humor arrives at the sentence level; the situations themselves are generally just absurd. Jeeves is a fun character -- sort of a servile Sherlock Holmes. The only real mystery is why he isn't running the country.
copyright © 1998 John Regehr