By P.G. Wodehouse
Joy in the Morning is one of the perfect pearls Wodehouse has given the world. I was given my copy by Adrian Morgan’s mother, when they made a stop with us when they toured Europe.
- Author: P.G. Wodehouse
- Title: Joy in the Morning
- Pages: 256
- Published: 1987 (1947)
- Publisher: Arena
- ISBN: 0-09-950240-2
And I still reread Joy in the Morning fairly often. It’s that famous episode in the Jeeves-Wooster saga where Bertie Wooster visits the rural leper colony Steeple Bumpleigh, home to the broken-bottle eating Aunt Agatha, who, thankfully does comes on-stage in this book.
As usual, the Russian Wodehouse Society has a capsule plot summary, and a list of all main protagonists.
What more to add? It’s a gem — polished, rounded, not a word too much, perfectly plotted… I wish I knew how Wodehouse did it. (By writing a thirty-thousand word outline for a ninety thousand word book, and by dint of much exercise, of course. But apart from that.)
Multatuli, Max Havelaar,
John M. Ford, The Dragon Waiting,
Dimitri Obolensky, The Byzantine Commonwealth,
E.R. Eddison, A Fish Dinner in Memison,
P.C Hooft, Warenar,
E.R. Eddison, Mistress of Mistresses,
Hope Mirrlees, Lud in the Mist,
Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog).
Just discarded: John Dickson Carr,The Emperor’s Snuff Box (it’s a badly written, misogynistic, dated, badly constructed murder mystery where nobody is sympathetic), Freeman Wills Crofts Golden Ashes (too yawn-inducing, I’m afraid).