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The Cat-Nappers (Jeeves #15)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  3,057 ratings  ·  205 reviews
Bertie and his valet, Jeeves, are embroiled once again in a scheme developed by Bertie's Aunt Dahlia.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 1974)
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Trevor
Aunts aren’t gentlemen

I think it is really important to have someone, a writer someone obviously, that you can turn to when the world is getting a bit out of hand. For me that someone is Mr Wodehouse and in particular his Jeeves and Wooster novels. It is hard to explain just how much I enjoy these stories. Look, I can understand that some people might find them over-the-top and even a bit silly, perhaps even a lot silly – but I love the worlds Wodehouse creates, the worlds he brings me to when I...more
Melissa
"If she ever turned into a werewolf, it would be one of those jolly breezy werewolves whom it is a pleasure to know."

And then my personal favorite: "Oh, that was my man Jeeves. He imitates cats."
Cecily
Not one of the best Wodehouse novels, but still an amusing romp.

This particular story is actually narrated by Bertie Wooster and the slightly modern setting is disconcerting on the rare occasions it impinges. Anyway, Bertie gets pink spots on his chest and his doctor prescribes a restful spell in the country. Of course, life in a quiet English village is anything but quiet.

It has many of the aspects of classic Wodehouse: feuding neighbours, plots to purloin/borrow/kidnap/nobble, an absent-minde...more
Alysa
"I would gladly have continued our conversation, but I knew he must be wanting to get back to his Spinoza. No doubt I had interrupted him just as Spinoza was on the point of solving the mystery of the headless body on the library floor."

Three words: I love Wodehouse.
Likethereporter
My first encounter with Wooster & Jeeves, and co. Won't be the last. I laughed so hard I cried, and my dog came over to inquire whether I was quite all right, and if so, could I please stop making those hideous noises?
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime:
Blake Ritson reads a classic Jeeves and Wooster story from PG Wodehouse. Abridged by Richard Hamilton
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Herb
May 08, 2013 Herb rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I liked this book. I had never read any of his books before and just picked this one at random. The reason I didn't give this book a 4 or 5 star rating is that the author has an annoying habit of abbrev. a lot of things, esp. when the main character gets excited. This is clever in small portions, like a plateful of bacon and e. I had already started reading the book however and enjoying it a lot, even laughing out loud at many parts when I decided to look up and see if someone could expl. this s...more
Ian Wood
In ‘Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen’ an out of sorts Bertie retires to We Nook in Maiden Eggesford where his Aunt Dahlia is staying with Jimmy Briscoe whilst Major Plank is staying with Pop Cook. We previously met Major Plank in the company of Uncle Fred at Ashenden Manor in ‘Uncle Dynamite’ and with Wooster and Jeeves in ‘Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves’ when he formed the impression that Bertie was international thief Alpine Joe.

Both Briscoe and Cook have horses running in the Jubilee Stakes with the populous...more
Ryan
I needed my Wodehouse fix recently, and this book fit the bill nicely. It's not the best in the Jeeves and Wooster series, but it's a quick, funny read.

One reason this isn't at the top of the Jeeves and Wooster canon is that Jeeves is absent for (roughly) half of the book. I can't say that I understand Wodehouse's motivation for this, but (as Wooster might say) there it is.

There are so many distinctive characteristics that set Wodehouse apart, I want to highlight just two. His character names ar...more
Smilingplatypus
This is a fun read that features, like all the Jeeves and Wooster stories, Bertie Wooster getting into unbelievable situations and trying to worm his way out of them in even more unbelievable ways. When he succeeds only in digging himself in deeper, he is inevitably rescued by his unflappable valet (NOT butler), Jeeves.

Wodehouse's command of breezy English is in fine form here, but maybe not top form. I just felt that there was something lacking -- but only when compared with other Wodehouse pro...more
Libbeth
I will use this "review" for all the P. G. Wodehouse I have read. I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars. As I re-read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.
When I first discovered P. G. Wodehouse I devoured every book I could find in the local library, throughout the eighties and early nineties. Alas, this means that I have read most of them and stumbling across one I have not read is a rare thing. I'm su...more
Howard
ublished in Great Britain under the title The Cat Nappers, this is the last Jeeves and Wooster story written by Wodehouse.
Bertie has spots on his chest and his doctor recommends some time in the country. He winds up in a location near where his Aunt Dahlia is visiting friends. Bertie almost gets married to a girl he proposed to before. He has two different people who want to beat him up; one wants to pull his insides out; the other want to thrash him within an inch of his life.

All in a week's wo...more
Marjorie
Very British and very entertaining. A friend recommended these as being good for reading while nursing a baby, as they are easy to pick up and put down -- and she was very right. I thought I didn't like this type of humour (and P.G. Wodehouse certainly had some rather unfortunate views), but the books are so amazingly well written and funny that it's hard not to be amused, even reading them almost a century later. And, as promised, very easy to read in small chunks if desired.
Harker US Library
In Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen, Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves, the heroes of fourteen preceding Jeeves and Wooster novels, find themselves embroiled (as usual) in several ridiculous conflicts, all thanks to the meddling of Bertie’s overbearing Aunt Dahlia (also as usual). Not only does Aunt Dahlia want Bertie to sabotage a horse-race so she can beat her rivals in a bet, she also wants him to kidnap a cad from under the nose of one of his many ex-fiancées, Vanessa Cook—who, incidentally, is cur...more
Maureen
another rollicking adventure with jeeves and wooster. bertie manages to get himself a rash and a prescription for country air. it gets harder to distinguish the tales wodehouse tells of these two characters, especially when he is forever referencing other stories he's told about them while he's telling you new ones. i will remember this one as the one with the horse who was in love with a cat, that made funny jokes about bird watching. :P
Rebecca
This was my first Jeeves & Wooster reading. I like the tv series and so was inspired to read one of the stories and this was the first one I found at the library. Wooster gets up to usual antics similar to in the show - this time involving skin spots, aunties, uncooperative women, and an unsuspecting cat (or two). I must say it was a lot of fun :)
HelenFey
For the title alone... PG caught me at an impressionable age and shaped the foundations of what funny is, at least in my brain.
I am a hopeless lover of Wodehouse (and the BBC dramatisations- one time the screening captures the soul of the book, and has a wonderful theme song).
Michael Roll
When Bertie Wooster finds pink spots on his chest and his doctor recommends getting away from London and the perils of smoking and drinking, his immediate thought is to find a quiet place in the countryside. He immediately consults his favourite relative, Aunt Dahlia, who very craftily recommends a cottage in a rural retreat at Maiden Eggesford, owned by a friend of her's called Jimmy Briscoe. What he doesn't realise is that by taking her advice he will be plunged into a bitter feud, involving r...more
Kellyann
"Aunt Dahlia is as good a sort as ever said 'Tally Ho' to a fox, which she frequently did in her younger days when out with the Quorn or Pytchley. If she ever turned into a werewolf, it would be one of those jolly breezy werewolves whom it is a pleasure to know." (27)

" 'What asses horse are, Jeeves.'
" 'Certainly their mentality is open to criticism, sir.' " (49)

"So stung was the Wooster pride by the thought of being slung out at her bidding from my personal cottage that it is not too much to say...more
Pauline
To steal from the front cover
"To pick up a Wodehouse novel is to find oneself in the presence of a genius."
One of my favourites. Made me laugh out loud...a lot
Nick
Bertie is getting a little seedy and so his doctor recommends a turn in the country, where the fresh air and total lack of anything for a boulvardier like Bertie to do should allow him to rest up and recover. So of course nothing like that happens and Bertie is rapidly involved in stealing cats, handicapping horses, and attempting to reunite hearts asunder. To say that this situation is classic Wodehouse will not surprise fans and should be the beginning of a joyous ride for those new to the Mas...more
Jerry
Master of whimsey charms and amuses!

We somehow missed PG Wodehouse on our reading menu growing up, but recently discovered this little gem. Apparently last in a dozen or so books (from a bibliography of over 80 novels!) about a genteel bachelor named Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves (no doubt the origin of "Ask Jeeves"!), it's refreshing to occasionally indulge in a light story that manages to amuse and entertain with no sex, no violence, and few toils and troubles! The plot sees Bertie taki...more
Lindsay Heller
I've done a lot of reading P.G. Wodehouse lately, because sometimes it's just necessary to get lost in the hilarious world of a fun, engaging, and good book. Nothing in Wodehouse seems completely real; the plots are over the top, the reactions unrealistic, and the conclusions that are immediately, and erroneously, drawn are absurd. In other words, everything is simply wonderful.

'Aunts Aren't Gentlemen' is a Jeeves novel centering around Bertie Wooster and his trusty man, Jeeves. This time Berti...more
Wolf
'Mr Wooster,' he said, 'you are a typical young man about town.'

'Oh thanks,' I responded, for it sounded like a compliment, and one always likes to say the civil thing.

With these words Bertie Wooster finds himself packed off to the country by his doctor - who has diagnosed too much fast living, too many cocktails, cigarettes and generally too much of a good time for young Bertram. As ever, in the world of Wodehouse, the quiet country retreat is nothing of the sort. Instead, Bertie finds himself...more
Lisa N
Lighthearted and witty, chock-full of bons mots. Many layers of meaning and allusions. This is humor at its finest.

“Planning strategy is hopeless when you’re dealing with hellhounds.”

“I thought that my guardian angel, who had been noticeably lethargic up to this point, had taken a stiff shot of vitamin something and had become the ball of fire he ought to have been right along…”

“He spoke irritably, and I remembered that he had always been an irritable chap, as who would not have been, having to
...more
Devon
Second Wodehouse book that I've read (and second Jeeves & Wooster, too)!

I'm fairly certain I'm not reading them in the order they were written/published (I started with Carry On, Jeeves), but the wonderful thing about the Jeeves & Wooster series is, it seems, that you can pick up and go at will and it won't really bungle things too massively.

One of the reasons I have enjoyed the bits so much is because you can follow it so leisurely. If I had wanted to take time, I could have, but instea...more
Howl
Keep in mind that my rating for this book is on the Wodehouse Scale, where other book ratings don't apply. I liked this book more than Snow Crash, a fellow 3-star recipient, and orders of magnitude more than Apathy and Other Small Victories, only one star behind. The Wodehouse Scale is the only way to rate old Plum, I think. It's on a different plane of existence, where one star would still probably be funnier than Apathy and five stars is very nearly the best thing ever put to paper.

Anyway, of...more
Dot Gumbi
PG Wodehouse lived to the age of about ninety-one and produced over one hundred novels during his lifetime as well as scores of poems and plays. This one was published a year before his death, and if written at the same time, shows a man of remarkable mind for his years.

However, age does creep up on him as well as America. He’d been living exclusively in the states for the final twenty years of his life and in places it’s started to poison his vocabulary. Hearing the very English Jeeves/Wooster...more
Geert Daelemans
Breaking the boundaries of silliness

One morning Bertie Wooster wakes up to find himself covered with pink spots. His valet Jeeves advices him to go immediately to a doctor. Not being a person that ignores good advice Bertie catches a cab and gets on his way to Doctor E. Jimpson Murgatroyd. Suddenly his car gets invaded by the notorious Orlo Porter. Luckily Porter does not immediately recognise Bertie, because if he would, the day would not turn out that well. When his doctor advises Bertie to ta...more
Erin Boyington
Following doctor's orders, Bertie goes out to the country for rest - only to have his life interrupted by an overly friendly cat, a lovelorn couple, and his amoral Aunt Dahlia's betting schemes.

This is the final Jeeves book, and though it still sparkles with Wodehouse's usual wit, the wheels of the plot move with less complexity than they did in The Code of the Woosters or The Inimitable Jeeves(which contains "The Great Sermon Handicap," possibly the best Jeeves short story). Aunt Dahlia only get...more
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 30 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class so...more
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“No, I am quite content with you, Bertie. By the way, I do dislike that name Bertie. I think I shall call you Harold. Yes, I am perfectly satisfied with you. You have many faults, of course. I shall be pointing some of them out when I am at leisure.” 2 likes
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