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Joy in the Morning (Jeeves #8)

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  4,348 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Trapped in Steeple Bumpleigh, a lesser man than Bertie Wooster would have given way. Ex-fiancee Florence Cray is present, as is "Stilton" Cheesewright, her new fiance. But the biggest blot on the landscape has to be Edwin the Boy Scout whose acts of kindness resemble those of sheer malevolence.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 1999 by Penguin (first published 1946)
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Jason Koivu
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.G. Wodehouse.

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It includes a heap load more 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 get
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Dan Schwent
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 b
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Trevor
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 on
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Mike
Apr 02, 2010 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
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 more 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
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Algernon
"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 ...more
Jessica
This was my first Wodehouse (apparently pronounced “Woodhouse”). Since the guy published over ninety books during his lifetime, I just randomly picked one off of my library’s shelves. I must say that I picked pretty well. Joy in the Morning is part of the Wooster and Jeeves saga. Jeeves, Wooster’s butler, has apparently become the standard for stereotypical butlers. It was nice to meet the original.

Bertie Wooster is manipulated into visiting Steeple Bumpleigh to help out his Uncle Percy, who onc
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Patty
Yesterday morning, I was reading this while standing on the subway platform full of sleepy workers waiting for the train. A random passerby with his ipod plugged in walked by and shouted

"Jeeves! Awesome!"

F.R.
“Most disturbing, sir,” he said.
“Most,” I responded.
I refrained from wounding him with any word of censure and rebuke, but I could not but feel, as I have so frequently felt before, that a spot of leaping about and eyeball rolling would have been more in keeping with the gravity of the situation. If Jeeves has a fault, as I think I have already mentioned, is that he is too prone to merely tut at times when you would prefer to see his knotted and combined locks do a bit of parting.’


The mid-period
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Kedar
To summarize the book, "It's a confounding concatenation of comic circumstances."

The unassailable melodic ring of that entire line is rendered ineffective by the fact that someone decided to pronounce circumstances as "sircum" and not "kircum". To summarize my feeling after realizing that, I would gently employ the Puneri word "Shyeah".

Joy in the Morning is one of the best horses from the PGW Turf Club. I strongly suspect that it would win or come second only to the ablest of contenders Right Ho
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Libby
My first Wodehouse. I’m truly sorry I didn’t pick up this author earlier. This book was just a delight to listen to; a funny and entertaining comedy of manners. I’ll certainly read the rest of these and recommend them to anyone who enjoys solid British humor.

Wodehouse’s chronicling of the daily adventures of Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves in pre-war, high society England is sharp, witty and timeless. Bertie’s a well-intentioned but foppish member of the Idle Rich who is always in some type
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John Jackson
Ah, the many joys of Wodehouse! One can delight at 'Blandings' or enjoy the company of Psmith, but Bertie and Jeeves offer pleasure often beyond reckoning. The voice anchors the entire thing -- Bertie's mix of grandiloquence and idiocy gussy up every sentence and beautify ever short story -- but over the course of an entire novel, the plot mechanics, the heartless crush of the inevitable comedy and humiliation, these are the things that make him a master. Whom in the subsequent eighty years of B ...more
Wendy
I can't describe to you the soul-warming contentment I'm feeling right now, so suffice to say that I enjoyed it very, very much, as with all of the Jeeves books I've read thus far. I recommend these a lot (which probably goes without saying, but oh, well).
Fiona Hodgkin
Mar 15, 2013 Fiona Hodgkin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fiona by: Sophie Ratcliffe and Charles McGrath
Shelves: fiction
Why review a P. G. Wodehouse 'Jeeves' novel? Everything that could be said about these novels already has been said many times. Slang and metaphors? Check. Intricate, contrived plots that are all basically alike? Check. Wild humor? Check. Comforting to a homesick, 1st year college student the evening before a calculus exam? Double check (from personal experience). I downloaded the Kindle edition of 'Joy in the Morning' because I'm dipping into the new collection of Wodehouse's letters edited by ...more
Cori
If you’ve never read PG Wodehouse, please do yourself a favor and go out and get one of his books. This one in particular would be an excellent place to start. It involves some of my favorite characters in the Jeeves and Wooster universe — Boko Fittleworth, Nobby Hopwood, Edwin the Boy Scout, Stilton Cheesewright . . . not to mention Jeeves and Wooster themselves. Wodehouse is a master of humor, plot, and character (seriously, those names! Brilliant! And I didn’t even mention J Chichister Clam! ...more
Ensiform
In the episode that "my biographers will probably call the Steeple Bumpleigh Horror," Bertie goes to his Aunt Agatha’s manor, Steeple Bumpleigh, where Jeeves tries to arrange a discreet business meeting between Bertie’s uncle and an American magnate. Meanwhile, Bertie’s friends Boko, a writer, and Nobbie, want to get married, but Bertie’s uncle, her ward, will not give his consent; and Bertie finds himself inadvertently affianced to Florence Craye, a woman given to exhorting mental improvement, ...more
Eric
My English friend got me started on Wodehouse (pronounced wood house) with this book. What an absolute treat. All of his books are just delightful, a pleasure to read, and this is one of the best. They're so pleasantly, bubbly-y enjoyable. Read them when you want to feel sunny and cheerful.

There's a line in this book that sticks with me, something to the effect of, "Steeple Bumpleigh is the sort of place where you can't lob a brick without beaning an apple-cheeked villager in the head." Ha! I ju
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Michael
Nobody is better at pure farce than Wodehouse. “Joy in the Morning” is one of the entries in the Wooster/Jeeves series and is the source of the famous “Steeple-Bumpleigh Horror” to which Bertie frequently alludes in other books. Wodehouse recycled the same plot through nearly 90 books, but somehow it never grows old or stale. His gift with language and character keeps the stories fresh no matter how many times you read them. In "Joy in the Morning" there are sundered hearts that must be reunited ...more
Judy
In these rough and tumble days don't you sometimes just want to sit down and have a healthy helping of P.G. Woodhouse? That was me this weekend and I turned to Jeeves in the Morning for my fix. Loved it, loved it, loved it. I often realize that I'm about as obtuse as Bertie Wooster and I know that I need a Jeeves. Then, I also realize, that I have many people around me who, each in a small way, smooth my path as efficiently as Jeeves does for Bertie and those around him. Thanks to all of you who ...more
Melissa
Oh, the excellently perilous Steeple Bumpleigh & its merry cast of dreadful characteres. Young Nobby! The treacherous Florence! Boko Fittleworth! Stilton, going around "Ho!"ing all over the place! Dear Worplesdon! Edwin the Boy Scout! And last but not least, the illustrious J. Chichester Clam, drinking quarts of coffee & getting nasty shocks from the New Deal. "I mentioned that there was an expression on the tip of my toungue which seemed to me to sum up the nub of the recent proceedings ...more
Sylvester
Just what I needed. Good laughs, and a lot of them. Shall I count the ways the Jeeves/Bertie relationship is brilliant? Not enough room. Not good with numbers. But I'll say this - Jeeves always having the perfect quote to fit the occasion, and Bertie's subsequent massacring of those quotes never fails to get me chuckling. And I love that the butler, the hired man, is the one that everyone goes to for help to get out of their messes. One wonders what Jeeves gets out of the relationship - and yet, ...more
Peggy
Somewhere I read about this author and so I tried one of his books. I read this book last week while traveling to Massachusetts and back and I was afraid to continue reading it on the airplane because it struck me as so funny. I will not write further reviews on these books but I will be reading every one of the Jeeves series that I can get my hands on. I love deadpan, dry humor and this book had me laughing hysterically. What a find!
Daniel
With a copper's uniform stolen, Wooster desperate to get out of an engagement, a country cabin accidentally catching fire, quite a few "What's all this then?"s, and, of course, Jeeves saving the day again and again, "Jeeves in the Morning" is one of the better Jeeves and Wooster novels. The only thing missing from the book is a visit from Aunt Agatha, who nevertheless maintains a wonderfully sepulchral presence over the proceedings.
Ben Loory
Leaning on the gate, I found myself seething with kindly feelings towards young Edwin.
Deanne
Feel I need to apologize for laughing outloud on frequent occasions whilst reading this book.
R.
By far, the funniest book written at gunpoint in a Nazi internment camp.
Valerie
Wodehouse's books are set in a sort of Cloud-Cuckoo Land, bearing very little resemblance to any real setting, at any time. You can pick up on the time of any individual book by references to politics, popular culture, etc: but these are largely window dressing.

Not that it matters. For farce, realism is often fatal: and certainly would be in any tale of Wodehouse's.

My aunt often got quite fractions about the plots in these books, because she complained that if anybody had actually ever just sat
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Mike
Top marks!

excerpts:
11..I cannot take the risk of running into that gang of PLUGUGLIES. Safety first.
13..J: She regretted that she saw so little of you nowadays, sir.
B: Quite mutual, the agony Jeeves. [Ha]
..He lives in the country somewhere, and to hobnob with Bertram Wooster it is imperative that you stick around the metropolis.
15..B: Grab your hat and race along. I shall be all AGOG to learn the inside story.
16..Aunt Agatha, for many years a widow, or derelict, as I believe it is called...
17..
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Holly
This book was originally published as JOY IN THE MORNING, taken from a Biblical quote that Bertie tries unsuccessfully to remember on page 1. He calls it a "gag" and uses it as a framing device, with his story beginning at the end and ending at the beginning...Where was I? Oh yes...JOY IN THE MORNING was a dashed appropriate title and all that, but for some unknown reason some ass of an editor changed it, years later, to JEEVES IN THE MORNING. Which makes no sense whatsoever. I mean, did the the ...more
Ben
As I expected, this book was delightful and charming. It was what a critic might call, "a delightful romp," although that's not phrasing I think I'd ever use outside of quotation marks. What I did not expect was that it many ways, the novel was Jane Austen turned on her elbow: a proper romantic comedy of miscommunications and misapprehended sentiment that ends happily in a marriage or three. Not that it's exactly like Austen, or a parody thereof, just that the kid gloves stay on, as it were, and ...more
meeners
douglas adams counted p.g. wodehouse among the best english stylists of the day, and i am inclined to agree with him. here's what adams has to say: "Maybe it's because our greatest writing genius [Shakespeare] was incapable of being funny that we have decided that being funny doesn't count. Which is tough on Wodehouse (as if he could have cared less) because his entire genius was for being funny, and being funny in such a sublime way as to put mere poetry in the shade. The precision with which h ...more
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 30 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class so ...more
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