Joy in the Morning

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.)


Currently reading:
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).