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Joy in the Morning [Unknown Binding]

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version makes author's remains rotate? 24 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy in the Reading 22 Feb 2008
`Joy in the Morning' is a Jeeves and Wooster novel which is a sequel to the first short story, chronicling Jeeves entrance into Bertie's life, `Jeeves Takes Charge' which appeared in the `Carry On, Jeeves' anthology.

Bertie is visiting his Uncle Percy's estate to help with securing the old buffers blessing on the union of his good pals, Nobby and Boko, despite the well meaning assistance of his cousin Edwin, a boy scout who is typically behind on his good deeds. Also on hand is Florence Craye whom was engaged to Bertie in `Jeeves Takes Charge' but is now engaged to locally bobby Stilton Cheesewright. The usual misunderstandings ensure that Stilton's nomination is scratched in preference to the hapless Bertie whom Florence sees as a challenge to mould.

And so Wodehouse and Jeeves have there work cut out, they have to not only bring a happy conclusion to the engagement of Nobby and Boko but need to break Bertie's engagement to Florence whilst keeping him away from Stilton and the laws long arm.
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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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Published 3 months ago by rod hawkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy in the morning
I am not worthy to review such a book except to say you slip into the narrative, smile and get lost in a different, happier world
Published 4 months ago by Gordio
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite fun
Another delightful instalment from the chronicles of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves.

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Published 6 months ago by James Brydon
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeeves? Indeed Sir.
The title says it all, top hole farcical joy from start to finish. I read all theses books many years ago and have recently rediscovered the Joy of Jeeves. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DesirableBody
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but not the Very Best
Joy in the Morning was published in 1946 when Wodehouse was 65. You might say he was getting on, but the sharpness of the writing has not dissipated one iota. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse Classic
The joy lasts all day long - brilliant, coruscating prose, ingenious plotting and lovable characterisation making for a delightful experience - you read at the pace which draws out... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Doc G
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