Joy In The Morning (Everyman's Library P G WODEHOUSE) Hardcover – 14 Mar 2002
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A brilliantly funny writer perhaps the most consistently funny the English language has yet produced.
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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.Read more ›
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.
Firstly, we can tell that, whatever fate throws at Bertie, he'll come out more-or-less unscathed and smiling.
Secondly, it's all so charming. Blessed, of course, by his highly privileged lifestyle, Wooster nevetheless always retains an unduly cheerful and chipper demeanour: life remains slightly sweetened and rose-tinted, whatever the circumstances. Adventures come and go, but there's no REAL suffering or pain.
Finally, of course, what makes the whole reading experience special is Wodehouse's delightful verbal creativity.
All-in-all, highly enjoyable entertainment.
I won't bother to summarise the plot. For one thing, it is, as usual with Wodehouse's stories, incredibly complicated (though he always managed to resolve all the various threads), but also because when deconstructed it would simply sound very silly. Of course it IS all very silly, but Wodehouse binds it all together in the most enchanting and beguiling way. His use of language, liberally sprinkled with Jeeves's quotations from the classics, and his endearing and enduring characters make the suspension of disbelief very simple.
This particular book is one of the best in the Bertie Wooster and Jeeves series, and features a lot of the leading characters from the oeuvre: D'Arcy 'Stilton' Cheesewright, Lady Florence Cray, Edmund (the lethal boy scout) and Boko Fittleworth, and Bertie's fearsome Aunt Agatha (who is believed to wear barbed wire close to the skin) is hovering in the shadows.
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Joy in the morning noon and night, as with all wodehouse booksPublished 2 months ago by julia mcculloch
The Master at his best. Absurd plot and characters, written in splendid style. What more is there to say? The edition is adequate for a paperbackkPublished 4 months ago by P. A. Crowther
I'm working my way around to getting every Wodehouse in the series, replacing tatty old paperbacks with hardbacks (and filling in the blanks in my collection). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hugh
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 16 months ago by Mr. A. Healy