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Joy in the Morning: (Jeeves & Wooster) (Jeeves & Wooster Series Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

P.G. Wodehouse
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Book Description

A classic Jeeves and Wooster novel from P.G. Wodehouse, the great comic writer of the 20th century.

Trapped in rural Steeple Bumpleigh with old flame Florence Craye, her new and suspicious fiancé Stilton Cheesewright, and two-faced Edwin the Boy Scout, Bertie desperately needs Jeeves to save him...

'A cavalcade of perfect joy.' - Caitlin Moran

Sunlit perfection... Bask in its warmth and splendour. - Stephen Fry

'The best English comic novelist of the century.' - Sebastian Faulks

'The greatest chronicler of a certain kind of Englishness' - Julian Fellowes

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"It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I'll risk it with him" (John Humphrys)

"For as long as I'm immersed in a P.G. Wodehouse book, it's possible to keep the real world at bay and live in a far, far nicer, funnier one where happy endings are the order of the day" (Marian Keyes)

"Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already" (Lynne Truss)

"The incomparable and timeless genius - perfect for readers of all ages, shapes and sizes!" (Kate Mosse)

"Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists" (Susan Hill)

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'You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour.' Stephen Fry

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393339440
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RSBIM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author of almost a hundred books and the creator of Jeeves, Blandings Castle, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred and Mr Mulliner, P.G. Wodehouse was born in 1881 and educated at Dulwich College. After two years with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank he became a full-time writer, contributing to a variety of periodicals including Punch and the Globe. He married in 1914. As well as his novels and short stories, he wrote lyrics for musical comedies with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, and at one stage had five musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His time in Hollywood also provided much source material for fiction. At the age of 93, in the New Year's Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue knighthood, only to die on St Valentine's Day some 45 days later.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great pick me up 27 May 2006
There are few writers who lighten the cares of life as well as PG Wodehouse. It's what he set out to do and succeeded brilliantly in book after book. This is one of the best - a Jeeves and Wooster novel written in PGW's mid-season form when he had mastered his craft and his characters and made them dance to his absurd plots.

Joy in the Morning has many familiar elements - the ghastly girl to whom Bertie was once engaged, a jealous new fiancee, the awful relatives (Edwin the boy scout causing mischief through trying to catch up his good deeds is particularly inspired.) But it is the writing that carries you through. PGW was acknowledged as a master comic novelist by Evelyn Waugh, Stephen Fry and many others. This book is a good place to start to find out why.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Wodehouse 31 Dec. 2000
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The character of Edwin the infernal schoolboy is a gem. Bertie pitting his wits against impending marriage and winding up half drowning Edwin is a wonderful moment. I love the names Wodehouse uses for his characters and "Stilton" just has to be one of my favourites. Jeeves, as ever is the calm centre of the maelstrom that ensues. Divine.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version makes author's remains rotate? 24 Aug. 2011
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This seemed to be the only Wodehouse book on Kindle that didn't have horrendous gaps between the paragraphs and lazy digital punctuation, and whose layout actually looked readable, so it seemed a good purchase for a holiday read. But whilst I would give the book's original content 5 stars in a heart beat - this was a wonderfully funny book, charming and clever to the nth degree - there were some serious formatting and production flaws that marred the experience and made me return the download and buy the hardback instead when I got home. (Amazon have a 7 day policy.)

The publishers of P G Wodehouse really need to take note. They are curators for the work of the greatest English prose comic of all time. Wodehouse's eBooks deserve to be editions the company is proud of. I would have spent hundreds of pounds on downloading them by now if they weren't so awfully badly produced. He has a huge back catalogue, exceptionally strong, and there is obvious scope for pricing his dozens of books affordably enough to hook people into a lifelong love affair with some of the best and most uplifting literature of the past 100 years. They are very moreish. And if the publishers were clever, they would be accurate and attractive and affordable. Even one out of three would be something.

But at the moment, even this one which has escaped the stupidly huge paragraph breaks and digital punctuation, was indisputably not proofread. It got so bad that by page 50 I decided to highlight any errors I happened to spot from then on till the end. Not counting every single chapter starting with its first letter floating up above the line (a failed drop-cap?) and without going out of my way, I came across no fewer than 71.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful escapism 11 Jan. 2010
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This is one of Wodehouse's funniest and most light-hearted Jeeves and Bertie Wooster novels- and that is saying something. As is usually the case with his stories, the plot is breezy and gently non-sensical, the sort of old-fashioned musical comedy without the music that he delighted in writing and which generations of readers delight in reading. His beautiful, witty and precise use of the English language is worth the admission price on its own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank Heaven 29 April 2012
By Plum
It's absolutely true, all the blurb you read by clever celebs on the dustjackets of Wodehouse's books. They are good for what ails you, never fail to comfort and make a good day a memorable one. His language is so delicious you could slice and butter it. I'm not usually this effusive but having read a few of PG's books one after the other I'm in a very, very good mood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven at times, but still a Wodehouse classic. 7 Jan. 2003
Having recently completed "Right Ho, Jeeves" and "Carry On, Jeeves," it is not without a small pang of guilt that I must report "Joy in the Morning" is a bit overdone. I am puzzled that, along with "The Code of the Woosters" and "Right Ho, Jeeves" this title is considered by Wodehouse enthusiasts to be one of his very best. It certainly has some masterful scenes. Consider the following exerpt:
"I had just remembered that my suitcase with tyhe Sindbad the Sailor costume in it was in the Wee Nooke front hall, and the flames leaping ever nearer." If you have ever read Wodehouse before, you can well imagine in what kind of holy mess Bertie Wooster is once again enmeshed.
I suppose the plot was a bit thick and cumbersome at times. My idea of a flawless Wodehosue plot is "How Right You Are, Jeeves." Nowhere as long as "Joy in the Morning," but convoluted just enough to facilitate some hysterical laughs.
On the whole, I recommend "Joy in the Morning" as yet another example of how funny the Shakespeare of Comedy truly was; Wodehouse can't be described otherwise. So forgive my 4-star rating of Joy and dive into it for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joy at any time of the day 5 Nov. 2011
One of the best Jeeves & Wooster books. The action takes place at Steeple Bumpleigh, the residence of the dreaded Aunt Agatha and her second husband Lord Worplesdon (Uncle Percy). Aunt Agatha is away and Uncle Percy has consulted Jeeves on how to bring about a meeting between himself and Chichester Clam, American shipping magnate, whose business he wants to buy. The issue is that if the press find out then the share price will rocket and Percy will suffer. Jeeves, being partial to fishing, suggests that if Bertie were to be given a cottage on the estate (near the river) then the two great men could meet there with a complete lack of suspicion. Bertie is not happy but agrees to play his part. Of course, attempts at holding a meeting become increasingly farcical, not helped by Uncle Percy's young son Edwin, a boy of maniacal do-good intent. Personal issues for Bertie arise because Aunt Agatha's daughter, Florence, who used to be engaged to Bertie, has now become engaged to Stilton Cheesewright, an old school chum of Bertie's, but a deeply suspicious and potentially violent one. He believes Bertie is out to get Florence back, while Bertie fears what will happen if Florence rejects Stilton, a situation that circumstances render more and more possible. In the meantime, Lord Worplesdon's ward, Nobby Hopwood, is being refused permission to marry mutual chum Boko Fittleworth on the grounds that he is a mere writer. Bertie is called upon to assist them in ways likely to be dangerous to both his health and personal liberty. The three sub-plots wind round and round each other in glorious manner as the book progresses, and Bertie looks like being the winding post. But, never fear, as Jeeves is on hand to save the day. A lovely book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One to surprise even a hardened Wodehouse fan.
This has gone down a storm with a Wodehouse fan- he thought that he's finished the Jeeves books, but, ignore the title. In his words, "Stupendous".
Published 10 days ago by Mr. A. Healy
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, so it's dated, but sure to make you feel good!
My first Jeeves and Wooster, picked up after a review in the Guardian. Really irritating for people around me with the constant giggling :-)
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Benedict Murdin
5.0 out of 5 stars xxx sublime
I don't know what I can add to the comments of the distinguished authors above. I laughed a lot at the antics of Bertie , and the brilliant word play and outrageous similes of the... Read more
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As described
Published 6 months ago by J. M. Albinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely cracking
I absolutely loved it - once of the best Jeeves books I've read. Hilarious.
Published 8 months ago by Rev Ewer
5.0 out of 5 stars ... well written humour is very well done quality is good and price
as usual in this series well written humour is very well done quality is good and price good
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