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Jeeves in the Morning

(Jeeves #8)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  8,133 ratings  ·  635 reviews
Joy in the Morning is a novel by P.G. Wodehouse, first published in the United States on August 22, 1946 by Doubleday & Co., New York, and in the United Kingdom on June 2, 1947 by Herbert Jenkins, London. Some later American paperback editions bore the title Jeeves in the Morning.
The story is another adventure of Bertie Wooster and his resourceful valet Jeeves.
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 5th 1990 by Harper & Row (first published 1947)
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Henry Avila
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bertie, ( Mr.Bertram Wooster, if you please) the victim is enjoying quiet days in his London flat, a man about town but not for long though, trouble appears above the not far horizons always does he can smell it, a strong odor too. Informed by his brilliant butler Jeeves, ( a quality our friend lacks sadly) the magnificent that Zenobia the delightful, a charming sweet girl, just twenty of age with a horrible nickname ...can you imagine ...and I'm not joking ..is called
Nobby Hopwood , his uncle P
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Jason Koivu
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reread update review in the 2019:
Still topnotch Wodehousing here, in my opinion! And my opinion holds a little more 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 gr
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Evgeny
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
’Have you lost the girl you love?’
‘That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I can’t make up my mind. It all depends what construction you place on the words “I never want to see or speak to you again in this world or the next, you miserable fathead.”’


Steeple Bumphleigh was supposed to be a very beautiful quiet place with an additional attraction of having lots of fish eager to bite anything that covers a hook in local waters. This later was proving an irresistible magnetic force to Jeeves who love
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Anne
The more Jeeves and Wooster that I read, the more I realize that most of the plots are quite similar.
Or at least, they share the same similar formula.

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But that's not a bad thing.
It's like the old adage says: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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So in this one, Bertie once again goes somewhere he doesn't want to go -this time because Jeeves wants to fish. Then he gets terrorized by relatives, friends, crazy women, and small children. Lots of nutty things happened and I laughed quite a bit.
Yeah, it's t
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Dan Schwent
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wodehouse, 2012
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
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour, literature
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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Bharath
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a PG Wodehouse classic with absolutely crazy sub-plots and whacky dialogue! It is Bertie Wooster again with his enterprising butler Jeeves.

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 a
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Nandakishore Varma
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
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 hous
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Alex
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: terrible rich idle drunk British people
Shelves: 2017
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.
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Mike
Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 (Darth Anyan)
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
"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
Patty
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!"

Jessica (thebluestocking)
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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F.R.
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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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Leah
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, humour
Knotted locks and knitted socks...

Bertie isn’t keen on visiting Steeple Bumpleigh, home to Aunt Agatha, the most terrifying of his aunts. But Jeeves is keen to do a spot of fishing and Uncle Percy needs Jeeves’ help in finding a way to pull off a big business deal, so Bertie gives in gracefully. After all, Aunt Agatha is off elsewhere on a visit, ex-fiancée Florence Craye can be no threat to his bachelorhood now that she’s engaged to D’Arcy “Stilton” Cheesewright, and while his young cousin Edwi
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Nigeyb
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joy in the Morning (1948) zips from one comedic setpiece to another. Whilst none resulted in hearty guffaws and unbridled mirth, there were more than enough smiles and chuckles. I thoroughly enjoyed “The Steeple Bumpleigh Horror”

Marvellous characters including Uncle Percy, Nobby Hopwood, Stilton Cheesewright, Florence Craye, aligned to the usual wonderful writing and amusing misunderstandings, made for another PG masterclass. How does he make this stuff seem so effortless?

And, we get a blazing c
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J.
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humour
This is another of Wodehouses' wonderous tales that can be read with ease. When you are feeling down Jeeves and Wooster are the perfect pick me up. I preferred 'Code of the Woosters'. All of the books can be summarised like so, Bertie Wooster is a man of great means but few grey cells. He is well meaning and a good sport but gets himself into all sorts of social entanglements that his shrewd man servant Jeeves ends up rescuing him from.

The title is from Psalms, "Weeping may endure for a night, b
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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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Rasika Mahabal
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edwin was my favorite character in the book. Wodehouse at his best again
Theresa
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun as usual. Perfect for sheltering at home.
Fern Adams
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just the sort of read needed to cheer you up during Coronavirus self-isolation!
Cori
Feb 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa
May 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ah-deadly
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. 'Or, r ...more
Wendy
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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).
David
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If that wasn't effervescent as all get out, I don't know what, what?!

Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves find themselves leaving London for a weekend in the country - one that involves an important business deal, various on / off marriage proposals and culminates in a costume ball! There's action and hilarity in every chapter of this tightly constructed, thoroughly scatterbrained... and delicious farce!

I'd known of Wodehouse for years - and am only now correcting the error of not reading hi
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Michael G
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After recently reading Schott’s tribute “Jeeves and the King of Clubs,” I plunged back into the real article and, once again, find PGW an absolute pleasure...
Book Club Mom
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a scenario in which ridiculous characters bumble through a series of hilarious coincidences and an equal number of snafus, all in the name of love, marriage and a big business deal. That’s the main idea in Joy in the Morning, a great introduction to P.G. Wodehouse’s famous characters, a twenty-something Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves.

In this story, Bertie and Jeeves leave London and head for the quiet hamlet of Steeple Bumpleigh. To anyone wishing to escape a hectic metropolis,
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Courtney
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Top shelf Wodehouse. Vintage: 1946. Ingredients: one part rich, good-natured imbecile (Bertie Wooster); one country estate; two pairs of young couples seemingly incapable of ever getting hitched; one bad-tempered uncle; one Boy Scout whose "acts of kindness" drive everyone crazy; a masquerade ball, hijinks galore, and misunderstandings by the minute; and one mastermind valet (Jeeves). Shake well and try not to choke on the unstoppable bubbles of humor.

Joy in the Morning, P.G. Wodehouse's eighth
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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 40 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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