Bertie was once engaged to Florence Craye and she finds him at a bookshop holding her book This causes her to be overjoyed and see Bertie in a good light again Lord Percy looks to Jeeves for advise to conduct a business meeting in discretion Jeeves proposes Bertie rent a cottage Wee Nook which is in close proximity to Bumleigh Hall where Florence and her father Lord Percy his Aunt Agatha stay Bertie lands up at Wee Nook hoping to earn to good name from Lord Percy He also finds out that Florence is now engaged to Stilton Cheesewright who is not exactly happy after hearing of Bertie s past engagement There are also Nobby and Bertie s friend George Fittleworth wanting to be married, in the mix of things, to add to the crowd of madness There are various crazy sub plots to follow including one in which Bertie is to insult Lord Percy with Nobby to emerge as the saviour Florence and Stilton quarrel, and she declares her intent to get engaged to Bertie again There is a fancy dress party ball with lots of confusion, and then all sorts of mix ups Joy In The Morning is sure to deliver smiles and laughs at any time of the day Among his best books Joy In The Morning Is A Novel By PG Wodehouse, First Published In The United States On August , By Doubleday Co New York, And In The United Kingdom On June , By Herbert Jenkins, London Some Later American Paperback Editions Bore The Title Jeeves In The MorningThe Story Is Another Adventure Of Bertie Wooster And His Resourceful Valet JeevesThe Title Derives From An English Translation Of Psalms Weeping May Endure For A Night, But Joy Cometh In The Morning Bertie Is Persuaded To Brave The Home Of His Fearsome Aunt Agatha And Her Husband Lord Worplesdon, Knowing That His Former Fiancee, The Beautiful And Formidably Intellectual Lady Florence Craye Will Also Be In Attendance What Ensues Will Come To Be Remembered As The Steeple Bumpleigh Horror, With Bertie Under Constant Threat Of Engagement To Craye, Violence From Her Oafish Suitor Stilton Cheesewright, The Unfortunate Interventions Of Her Young Brother Edwin And Unnamed Peril From The Acid Tongue Of Aunt Agatha Only The Masterful Jeeves Can Save The Day The 2012 re read Bertie Wooster, with Jeeves in tow, is dragooned into visiting Steeple Bumpleigh, home of Aunt Agatha and her husband, Lord Worplesdon Bertie soon walks into a web of broken engagements, arson, and delightfully horrible misunderstandings, including an engagement to Florence Craye Can Jeeves extricate Wooster from what will be known as The Steeple Bumpleigh Horror Of course he can See how Jeeves head bulges out in the back That s where his extra brain power comes from.
This book is a great example of how Wodehouse mines rich veins of comedic gold from the same old formula in almost every book Nobby Hopwood, Worplesdon s ward, is engaged to Bertie s friend Boko Fiddleworth Stilton Cheesewright, the local constable and an old classmate of Bertie s, is betrothed to Bertie s former fiancee Florence Craye Lord Worplesdon is in the process of a merger between his shipping company and that of J Chichester Clam, an American shipping magnate Throw in a boyscout named Edwin whose hash everyone is dying to see settled and there you are All the pieces are in place and Bertie is tossed into the mix You know everything will turn out okay but it s a lot of fun getting there.
As always, Wodehouse weaves a web of wit along the way to the happy resolution I m partial to When a girl uses six derogatory adjectives in her attempt to paint the portrait of the loved one, it means something One may indicate a merely temporary tiff Six is big stuff and It is true of course, that I have a will of iron, but it can be switched off if the circumstances seem to demand it Any complaints Only that this was a re read and I wasn t experiencing this comedic gem for the first time While I didn t remember every wrinkle of the story, I did remember most of the pivotal ones Still, you can t go wrong with Jeeves when you want some dry wit.
The first question is whether this is Great Literature We already know it s pleasant to read, and very funny But here it is showing up as one of the Guardian s Top 100 Novels, like, ever, and can it really survive being taken that seriously The second question is Wodehouse, whose reputation has been tarnished by a series of radio broadcasts he made from Berlin during WWII after spending nearly a year as a prisoner of war, having been interned in France while he was working on this very novel He returned to it after the war, and we re probably safe to assume that its title is a reference to his experience Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning Here s an excellent piece on exactly what he was so vilified for the author weighs the evidence and pronounces him of a frightful ass than a filthy traitor Here are the actual transcripts from his addresses I read the first one, which seems harmless in itself but one can see how having this idiot blithely telling jokes when people have been dying by the millions might have stuck in a few craws.
Now that we ve dealt with Nazis, back to the first question, and this frankly isn t even the best of the other Wodehouse books I ve read, and there s only one of those Wodehouse at his best is a writer of puzzles, like Agatha Christie or Isaac Asimov Bertie Wooster gets himself in what appears to be a hopeless predicament Jeeves gets him out of it That s the whole show The predicament is less carefully crafted here and the solution is less clever it feels like a reunion tour with a band who s resigned to playing the old hits.
It s all still pleasant enough The puzzle is really a skeleton on which to hang Wodehouse s true gift, which is saying preposterous things Above all else, Wodehouse is a writer of dialogue, and his novels are nearly 100% talking Get to the dialogue as soon as possible, is Wodehouse s own advice to writers Even when an actual conversation isn t happening, the story is still told by Bertie Wooster, who s so chatty that it comes to the same thing.
But no, it is not one of the top 100 novels ever written And I confess to a certain exhaustion when faced with yet another book about terrible idle rich drunk British people, which make up about 80% of the Western Canon as it was defined back in the olden days by mostly terrible idle rich drunk British people I tried to keep in mind that Wodehouse is the inventor of a certain kind of terrible rich idle drunk British person, and this must have seemed fresh at the time, or at least somewhat fresh at some time, but really who cares It s now and this is all a bit tired I like these books, I do, they re fun to read I don t mind that Wodehouse was a frightful ass so is Bertie Wooster, and that s funny But I suggest we quit trying to canonize them As Bertie says of Shakespeare Sounds well, but doesn t mean anything Right then.
I think this is considered to be the most complete book written by Wodehouse He wrote it while under detention by Germans during WW 2, and had plenty of time to fine tune it.
That it is a comic gem is no question Here, Bertie is on run from the beautiful,bossy and intellectual Florence Craye, who wants to mould him and her fiance Stilton Cheesewright, who wants to mould Bertie in quite another fashion for stealing his sweetheart Add to this the fact that he is forced to stay in the house of his bad aunt Agatha who chews on broken bottles and turns into a werewolf at the time of the full moon Bertie s plate of woe is complete.
Only Jeeves can resolve all issues and bring Joy In The Morning.
Before I tell you how great these books are, I have a complaint no not a Monty Python skit.
Several of the Jeeves and Wooster canon were apparently published under alternate titles here in the good ol US of A Which, is frustrating me as I seek out volumes to whet the appetite for comic humor and make the old bean happy Case in point this little gem was originally titled and read my m self as, Joy In The Morning.
Now, I can fathom why the American publisher might substitute Jeeves for Joy Considering that they probably had a strong selling series on their hands and wanted to ensure that the reading public connected the dots and bought the book it make sense But it is dashed difficult to know beforehand that this book you are just starting is the same as another you read Takes all the wind out of ones sails you might say.
Enough grousing about that Good book, funny book, and has most of the elements that we love and cherish in the tales of our bachelor duo But it leaves out some of the spark that had Bertie contesting wills in a minor way with Jeeves over matters of sartorial selection Of course Bertie always capitulates usually in payment for a deed that Jeeves has done, but just the mechanics of him dragging in his heels over a fabric weave or sock colors is part of the allure.
Yes, it seems that as the tales went on Bertie grew to understand and even assert it in his commentaries that Jeeves is infallible in matters of dress and decor But one wishes for a bit of the Bertie rearing up on hind legs and having to suffer a cold shoulder from Jeeves for much of the book Still, you can t have everything where would you put it Get this book, read it, and have a jolly good time doing so An unfortunate concatenation of circumstances puts Bertie Wooster once again in the soup re marriage proposals with Lady Florence Craye this time and he requires the sharp mind of the faithfull Jeeves to extricate self and to aid a couple of young eggs into the bargain the accident prone Boko Fiddleworth and the perky Zenobia Nobby Hopgood Apparently, the bean functions better on a diet of fish it s the phosphorus, you know and the idyllic location of Steeple Bumbleigh provides good fishing ground for Jeeves The cast of characters is completed by Bertie s choleric uncle the shipping magnate, Lord Worlpesdon, his son Edwin an eager and accident prone Boy Scout and, of course, the village policeman Stilton Cheesewright I just love the names and nicknames Wodehouse invents.
While Joy In The Morning is not exactly my favorite Wodehouse book, it was highly entertaining and a really fast read the best way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon, knowing the sun will eventually shine both in my neck of the woods and in the Wooster fortunes So, until we meet againtiddly om pom pom fill your glasses and don t spare the vitriol
Reread update review in the 2019 Still topnotch Wodehousing here, in my opinion And my opinion holds a little weight on the subject now than it did when I first read this back in 2008 I loved it then and still do, yet it was one of the very first PG Wodehouse books I d digested Ten years have past during which about 40 Wodehouses have been swallowed up by these old grey cells That s roughly half of what this prolific wordsmith put out in his lifetime I feel like I m on fairly steady ground here in saying that Joy Jeeves in the Morning is indeed topnotch Review circa 2008 Jeeves in the Morning, aka Joy In The Morning is the stuff to give the troops It s one of my all time favorites in the Jeeves Wooster line, as penned by the prolific and long lived P.
It includes a heap load tales of woe for Bertie Wooster to get into and his butler Jeeves to get him out of Also appearing is one of the best non appearing characters, J Chichester Clam The poor fellow is saddled with a ridiculous name and is put through his paces in this story without even getting to say word one I don t want to give away much of the story, just know that the usual suspects show up for this precisely plotted, tightly wound, hilarious start to finish rollick Jeeves in the Morning is not completely dissimilar to other books in the seriesAll right, it s quite similar You see, Wodehouse developed a winning formula and stuck with it Reading his books is like watching a rerun of a beloved old sitcom you can anticipate all the jokes, but you laugh anyway It s not only the mad capped, slap stick shenanigans, but rather the author s wit that has you coming back for of the same I read the books first, then watched the tv series with Stephen Frye and Hugh Laurie based on the books.
Though it s good, I didn t enjoy the show as much and wasn t sure why But now that I ve gone back and reread one of the books, it all makes sense The key is the narration The Jeeves Wooster series is written as if Wooster is the narrator and as a narrator he is hilarious Removing that element, as the tv series did, removed half the hilarity read the books and get a full dose of the funny The other day, as I was walking along the beach in the frightfully early morning when both man and beast ought quite to be tucking the old blankets under the pointy end of the old bean there was a rather fit young lady putting quite some stride into her step not a few yards ahead of me.
Unfortunately, I had just gotten up to the part of the story at which Bertie is discoursing with Boko concerning the nature of women and to what extent one can rely on what they say when they are cross with one I d have thought I was made of sterner stuff, but in a manner lacking in all control, I began blubbering foolishly, headphones attached to my cabbage like ears no unlike I was wearing pair of snow muffs As she turned to look at me rather fiercely, I waved my hands around to assure the young lady I wasn t laughing at anything she was doing Given she was merely walking along the strand why she should imagine I would be laughing with quite so much vigour at her expense should not have presented itself as a possibility in the least, certainly, it ought not to have been the first impression to form itself, wax like, in her mind All the same, my occasional gales and peals remained very much a solo effort and she looked in no hurry to form a duet.
The problem was that Bertie had just inquired as to how Boko was sure Nobby his fianc had decided to end their engagement when Boko said something to the effect that he could not see another construction to be put on her statement that, She did not want to ever see him again in this world or the next Bertie s elegant explanation of the workings of the female mind in these moments was a sheer delight and worth reading the entire book purely for this marvellous piece of logic alone.
The only damn thing worse than the embarrassment of listening to Wodehouse whilst on my early morning constitutional and thereby laughing out loud within earshot of a member of the fair sex, would be to feel constrained to turn the flipping thing off altogether and thereby be forced to walk along in silence There is nothing for it The very idea gives me the heebie jeebies.
The allusions to literature throughout that are just that little off course the constant quibbles about Shakespeare being concerned with something sounding nice to him than it making sense and the slaps given to writers are one and each a source of much merriment and mirth.
There are few joys in life finer than a good farce and in the hands of Wodehouse, well, what can one say If there is any truth in the idea that laughter has curative powers and you feel yourself in need of a refreshing tonic of laughter then this is the book for you.