My love affair with P. G. Wodehouse and his characters Jeeves and Wooster continues and become stronger by the day. “Joy in the morning” is a real gem even from Wodehouse standards. It is the best in comfort reading and humor at the same time. There were times when I just burst out laughing while reading this book. The humor is in the situation, characters and most of all in the language that author writes.
The story is as simple as the life of Wooster. He goes on to stay in rural Steeple Bumpleigh to help husband of his Aunt Agatha and ends up in comedy of events. He is trying to help his Uncle in business, trying to help his friend in getting married, trying to avoid getting engaged to his ex-girlfriend, trying to avoid violence from ex girlfriend’s new fiancée who is now a policeman and trying to avoid getting in path of Edwin the boy scout who is on a mission to do kind acts. Of course, there is a lot of goofing around till Jeeves is able to sort it out for everybody involved.
I really wonder how Wodehouse manages to use English language so beautifully. He can write about a simplest situation and describe it in such an involved way that it comes alive in front of your eyes. Actually, it is much more than that. Who can think of describing his friend as “Boko’s a frightfully good egg”? Another one of the great sentence “I paused for a moment to listen to the tootling birds. Then I raised the map, and allowed the beaming sun to play on it”. In another place, Wooster is telling Jeeves to go and have fish so that ideas can be generated to save him.
I can keep on turning pages of this book and find such masterpieces on each and every page. I do not know if there is any other author who could write in a similar way as Wodehouse.