Thursday, 7 March 2013

Jeeves In The Morning (Jeeves #8)

Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 14th 1990 by Harper Perennial (first published 1946)

0060972823 (ISBN13: 9780060972820)
edition language
original title
Jeeves in the Morning
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.
The title derives from an English translation of Psalms 30:5:
"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

Bertie is persuaded to brave the home of his fearsome Aunt Agatha and her husband Lord Worplesdon, knowing that his former fiancee, the beautiful and formidably intellectual Lady Florence Craye will also be in attendance. What ensues will come to be remembered as The Steeple Bumpleigh Horror, with Bertie under constant threat of engagement to Craye, violence from her oafish suitor Stilton Cheesewright, the unfortunate interventions of her young brother Edwin and unnamed peril from the acid tongue of Aunt Agatha. Only the masterful Jeeves can save the day.

My Review-

There is a certain kind of joy that hits you every time you’re reading B&J. You know the kind of jokes they crack, the gestures they make, they’re all known and yet you laugh for something is so funny about it that it tickles your senses. The names are really funny and reading those names time and again alone will make you laugh. Steeple Bumpliegh, Boko Fiddleworth, Percy Lord Worplesdon. You get it, don’t you?

There is a lot of wit that continues to boil over from time to time. Bertie continuously incompletely or incorrectly cites literature and Jeeves makes the usual corrections along with the proper quotes that’d fit in. Wodehouse seems to have found the magic formula of that wonderful potion and diligently sticks to it again. It is frothy, witty, delightful and nevertheless an entertainer.

 I was reading this on a family dinner and I ended up laughing like a maniac. My public image is now of a girl who reads books even on family dinners and laughs with her mouth full of food.


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