- Series: Rep (Book 658)
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarpPeren; Reprint edition (February 5, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060972823
- ISBN-13: 978-0060972820
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,482,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jeeves in the Morning Paperback – February 5, 1990
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Anyone who's read a lot of PGW has already read this one, one of the topping best. But if you've perused one another Jeeves book, you may still think you've read this one due to the Wooster habit of referring to and reminiscing about his previous adventures.
Also, fans of the excellent Jeeves and Wooster (or is it Wooster and Jeeves?) TV series will find all sorts of bits from this book, some of them surviving intact. While I very much like the Penguin new reissue paperbacks, this edition and a few other American paperbacks feature art by Steven Guarnaccia. They are slightly larger than the pocket paperbacks, fall open nicely in the hand, and have slightly tan pages which minimize the glare when reading outside.
I think the reviewer is correct who said this is the same book as Joy in the Morning, itself a clever play on the Psalmist's "Joy cometh in the morning". The alternate editions are listed in two books (neither of which I have handy right now), Joseph Connolly's P.G. Wodehouse (Thames and Hudson Literary Lives), out of print and rather difficult to get but well worth it; and Richard Usborne's Plum Sauce (I may have misspelled both author's names). These books have helped me avoid ordering the same book under different titles, and also enable those so desiring to read PGW's output in chronological order.
The stars of this show (as others have noted, Wodehouse wrote these adventures in a theatrical, musical-comedy style) are two pairs of "affianced" lovers; the fetching Zenobia "Nobby" Hopwood and writer Boko Fittleworth, and the intimidating couple of Florence Craye and G. D'Arcy "Stilton" Cheesewright; as well as Lord Percy Worplesdon: Florence's father, Nobby's ward, Bertie's uncle, and young Edwin's father--more on him later--and, finally, American shipping magnate, J. Chichester Clam.
There are some annoying flaws in the book: Some fortuitous happenings that strain even the permeable bounds of farce: the unexplained acceptance of Stilton by Lord Worplesdon, an outright lie by the proper (but usually more cunning) Jeeves, and the capitol punishment meted by foot to the backside of young Edwin. The latter does not trouble his sister Florence, although we learn early on that "Florence is one of those girls who look on modern enlightenments a sort of personal buddy." This coup d'Edwin may trouble some modern day readers. Still, this is light farce and one may excuse this ugly punishment through a metaphorical reading. After all, can one really trust the narration of Bertie Wooster when he utters such gems as " . . . and already much of the gilt, I feared, must now have rubbed off the gingerbread of their romance."
Although not as well crafted as "The Code of the Woosters," this book certainly rivals the former in its rich cast and nimble dialogue, and its subtle thrashing of the manner and speech of the British aristocracy. Recommended with a hearty "Right ho!"
This novel is very good but it lacks the way over the top element one can encounter in Wodehouse's best stories. My understanding is that Wodehouse wrote over 90 books. Like all things, some of them are better than others. Sorting out the classics will be providing me with much amusements for many years to come.
I would highly recommend any recordings by Jonathan Cecil. I have been listening to recorded books for over twenty years and he is simply the best reader that I have ever listened to. He has amazing comic timing and I think the ultimate Bertie voice. What Wodehouse is to the comic novel, Jonathan Cecil is the reading of comic novels.