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Bertie and his valet, Jeeves, are embroiled once again in a scheme developed by Bertie's Aunt Dahlia....

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ISBN : 9780060807696
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Number of Pages : 190 Pages
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The Cat-Nappers Reviews

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-03-22 11:46

    A case of pink spots on Bertie's chest (maybe it's a touch of malaria, who's to say?) sends him to the country on doctor's orders to rest and relax. Rest and relax? If you've ever read a Wodehouse, you know that's not bloody likely.Troublesome aunts, daffy explorers, strong-willed dames along with their ardent suitors, crusty landlords, and charming cats all conspire against poor old Bertie Wooster. His butler Jeeves seems to be his only ally in this perpetually-yet-vaguely 1920s, god-help-us world. Wodehouse did it again! Well into his Jeeves & Wooster series, the insanely prolific writer of the early-to-mid 20th century churned out another quality book replete with a finely paced plot, delightfully nutty characters and enough laughs to fill The Laugh Factory with wall-to-wall guffaws. At this point, I'm predisposed to enjoy anything by Wodehouse, so perhaps The Cat-Nappers has received a gratuitous star in the ratings from me. If you're already a fan, this will crank your chucklebox. If you're new to Wodehouse, I might suggest -NAY!- I would suggest starting with something else. Go ahead, ask me. I'm full of suggestions!READER'S NOTE: The Cat-Nappers is alternately titled Aunts Aren't Gentlemen.

  • Trevor
    2019-02-25 12:11

    Aunts aren’t gentlemenI 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 read him. In many ways the books are all very similar to one another. There is a complication (or rather, a series of complications) that generally involves a relationship between a couple on the verge of marriage. The complication is always to do with them being kept apart or a misunderstanding that leads to an argument or some other standard device from romantic comedy. Then there are some other complications – often to do with a country fair or a horse race or a stolen painting that needs to be returned or any one of a dozen such concerns. Of course, these concerns are never about anything serious – nothing like cancer for example – they are always about things that can be fixed and will be fixed by the book’s end. And that is the point and that is the joy.I was talking to a friend about the books the other day and told her that the thing I love most about them is that Wooster has one of the greatest voices in literature. It is hard to say just why that might be the case. It is a bit like Dr Watson being the right person to tell the Holmes stories. The only one told by Holmes himself simply doesn’t work, as far as I’m concerned. I’ve read some short stories that are told by Jeeves and they didn’t have the same power or humour about them either. Wooster, you see, isn’t the smartest man in the world and he generally knows this – but he is rich and so he feels that he ought to assert himself for time to time. The problem is that Jeeves is a bit like Holmes, he is insanely clever (and so leaves Wooster trailing in his dust) but Wooster still needs to assert himself and when he does this invariably leads him and the story to the point of disaster. The point being that Jeeves then needs to come to the rescue, but only after leaving poor Wooster dangling over the abyss so that he understands the full implications of his rescue. Naturally, once ‘rescued’ Wooster is both infinitely grateful and nearly dumbfounded by the simplicity with which he has been extricated from what had just seemed utter catastrophe.There are running jokes, of course. Some of my favourites involve Shakespeare and in this novel Shakespeare appears frequently and at random. The best of these jokes involve Wooster either thinking something is a quote from Shakespeare that clearly is not (‘I love little pussy, her coat is so warm…’) or thinking that a quote from Shakespeare is actually something made up on the spot by the person speaking. There are remarkably clever lines in this book, lines that I wanted to remember and quote to you here and use as witty asides – but I have forgotten them all as the next laugh comes along.This is the last of this series of novels and one with all of the best elements of a good Wodehouse about it. It is impossible to be unhappy while reading a Wodehouse. They should prescribe him rather than anti-depressants, if you ask me. And of course, you didn’t.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-08 17:00

    I listened to the audio book and the narrator - using different voices and accents for the various characters - added even more fun to this humorous book. The story: Bertie Wooster, advised by his doctor to get a rest, rents a cottage in the country. As it turns out, all manner of Bertie's former acquaintances, most of whom he'd rather not see, are in the area. These include: Vanessa Cook - a strong-minded girl who turned down Bertie's marriage proposal; Orlo Porter, Vanessa's current boyfriend - who's ready to throttle Bertie over Vanessa; Captain Plank - a hot-tempered hunter who thinks Bertie is the notorious thief Alpine Joe; and more. Bertie's Aunt Dahlia is also vacationing in the area and - having received a tip on a horse race - bet every cent she has on Simla. Too late, Aunt Dahlia learns that Simla has a worthy opponent named Potato Chip. As it happens Potato Chip has fallen in love with a local cat who sleeps in his stall, and the consensus is that Potato Chip will lose the race if the cat disappears. So Aunt Dahlia and other interested parties hatch up a scheme to kidnap and hide the cat until the race is over. Bertie, against his moral code and better judgement, is drawn into this scheme. Of course the various attempts at cat-napping and then cat-returning cause all manner of hilarious problems. Through it all Bertie's valet/butler Jeeves - who barely raises an eyebrow even when he finds Bertie tied up and gagged - keeps a straight face and a stiff upper lip.This is a fun story filled with cases of mistaken identity, misunderstood intentions, shifting marriage engagements, and a cat with a mind of his own. Wodehouse has a gift for comedic writing and every scene in the book draws at least a smile. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster/Jeeves books are just what you need when you're in the mood for a light read. Highly recommended.You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-03-07 10:04

    A case of pink spots on Bertie's chest (maybe it's a touch of malaria, who's to say?) sends him to the country on doctor's orders to rest and relax. Rest and relax? If you've ever read a Wodehouse, you know that's not bloody likely.Troublesome aunts, daffy explorers, strong-willed dames along with their ardent suitors, crusty landlords, and charming cats all conspire against poor old Bertie Wooster. His butler Jeeves seems to be his only ally in this perpetually-yet-vaguely 1920s, god-help-us world. Wodehouse did it again! Well into his Jeeves & Wooster series, the insanely prolific writer of the early-to-mid 20th century churned out another quality book replete with a finely paced plot, delightfully nutty characters and enough laughs to fill The Laugh Factory with wall-to-wall guffaws. At this point, I'm predisposed to enjoy anything by Wodehouse, so perhaps Aunts Aren't Gentlemen has received a gratuitous star in the ratings from me. If you're already a fan, this will crank your chucklebox. If you're new to Wodehouse, I might suggest -NAY!- I would suggest starting with something else. Go ahead, ask me. I'm full of suggestions!READER'S NOTE: Aunts Aren't Gentlemen is alternately titled The Cat-Nappers.

  • Nigeyb
    2019-03-22 17:06

    I’ve noticed some readers suggest this latter day Jeeves and Wooster novel is a little sub par. I must respectfully demur. This is chock full of the requisite Wodehousian bon mots and amusing set pieces. Only Bertie could endure such an incident strewn break in Maiden Eggesford. Maiden Eggesford being an impossibly quiet Somerset village to which Bertie retreats on the advice of a specialist he has consulted following an outbreak of pink spots on his chest. Said specialist, E. Jimpson Murgatroyd, advises him that too much fast living is responsible for the spots and thus Bertie needs rest, recuperation, a healthy lifestyle and clean country air.Sadly for Bertie, but to the delight of anyone with the good sense to read 'Aunts Aren't Gentlemen' a quiet life is the last thing he finds. Awaiting him are an unwelcome ex girlfriend, her jealous beau, a nemesis from a previous tale - Major Plank, a friendly cat, and other memorable characters. Bertie blunders from thorny problem to brilliant buffoonery. Whilst not up there with the very best of this series, it will make you smile, chuckle and laugh, and generally feel good about life. How P.G. Wodehouse maintained his supreme level of quality is one of the great mysteries of literature, however, even at the tail end of the Jeeves and Wooster series, he kept the magic up at the familiar levels of brilliance.

  • Cecily
    2019-02-27 15:49

    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-minded old buffer, animals (cats and horses), aunts, mistaken identity and romantic entanglements changing by the hour.Although the trademark metaphors are not as numerous or elegant in some of his other works, they are still there: * "If she ever turned into a werewolf, it would be one of those jolly breezy werewolves whom it is a pleasure to know."* Of Jeeves, "he betrayed no emotion, continuing to look as if he'd been stuffed by a good taxidermist"* Jeeves' aunt stays with a friend whose address is "Balmoral, Mafeking Road" in an English village!* "I thought at first 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".* After falling, clothed, into a swimming pool, "It was with mixed emotions that I rose to the surface. Surprise was one of them."Readers might also find it useful to know the Latin phrase rem acu tetegisti (and variants thereof) means "you have touched the matter with a needle; you have described it accurately".

  • Girish
    2019-03-16 14:54

    The last book to feature Bertie and Jeeves is a polished comedy with a dose of new references. New setting, new characters same Bertie and Jeeves!A case of pink spots has a worrying Bertie retire to the nice quiet English village of Eggsford. But as we know, there is nothing called a nice quiet English Village. The cast of characters include Orlo Porter - a communist insurance agent similar to Spode in his will to beat Bertie to a pulp. His sweetheart Vanessa who in a lovers tiff becomes briefly betrothed to Bertie. A cat that turns up everywhere and his favourite Aunt Dahlia who is risking Uncle Tom's digestion by betting all her life savings on a race. Though the book had all elements of a typical Jeeves book - it misses something. Probably that part where it doesn't require too much intervention from Jeeves - I can't be sure. Has some refreshing take on communism and some friends of Vanessa (Tolstoy, Churchill et all) and a part of first person adventure that is so typically Bertie.Definitely lot of laugh out loud moments! Aunts aren't gentlemen..

  • Tarinee Prasad
    2019-02-28 13:02

    2,3,4 star ratings on GR are really confusing .good but how good ? bad but how bad ? I mean what's the reference ? So I am proposing a new review system .suppose you have never read a P G Wodehouse novel before and after coming across a raving review about one of Wodehouse's novel ,God bless reviewer's soul,you decide "so here is an author I must read next and added few of W.'s works into your TBR list in that moment of euphoria,or whatever the proper word is for your feelings at that time.This book in my humble opinion is a must add .But suppose fate has other plans.At that very Columbus moment of yours of discovering Wodehouse, NASA announces that a big meteorite is going to hit earth and it has run out of means to prevent it .This is the end for us all .No hope.A P. G. Wodehouse novel ?Great choice . ( Rote hue ate hain sab hasta hua tu jaega :P)This one ?Time is of essence here friend .How many days before the meteorite hit earth ?A day or two ?Right Ho, Jeeves ,The Code of the Woosters my recommendation .can manage one or two more being one of those impossibly fast readers ? or the meteorite being due not in a couple of days,instead a week ?Add Leave It to Psmith and Pigs Have Wings.But suppose you are in luck thanks to some miscalculation on the part of Nasa .I mean the end of earth still inevitable but instead of a week it's actually a month before the 'earth+rock=puff' event .so ?No second thought about it . Aunts Aren't Gentlemen it is :)So goodreads ,how about adding this new rating system ?N.B.those who are of the opinion that this idea is pathetic and want to throw eggs at me please refrain yourself .I am vegetarian .so tomato is ok .eggs not ok.

  • F.R.
    2019-03-12 11:08

    A small extract for you:“For one thing,” she said, “you smoke too much. You must give that up when we are married. Smoking is just a habit. Tolstoy,” she said, mentioning someone I had not met, “says that just as much pleasure can be got from twirling the fingers.”My impulse was to tell her Tolstoy was off his onion, but I choked down the heated words.Okay then, here’s another:“Let’s haggle,” I said.But when I suggested twenty-five, a nicer-looking sort of number than thirty, he shook his grey head regretfully, so we went on haggling, and he haggled better than me, so that we eventually settled on thirty-five.It wasn’t one of my best haggling days.So that even at the end – and this is the final Jeeves & Wooster novel, as well as the final novel Wodehouse completed in his long and prolific life – we have moments of gold. Yes, this isn’t prime Wodehouse, nor is it prime Jeeves and Wooster, but even if it doesn’t reach those highest of high standards (and frankly those are daunting and almost impossibly high standards) then it’s still one of the most charming and amusing novels you’re ever likely to read. And what makes that even more incredible is that the first appearance by Jeeves & Wooster was a whole fifty-nine years earlier. Really, is there another series of tales remotely comparable? Is there another series which achieves such consistency of quality for such a duration under the same author? Yes, Hercule Poirot has a rather impressive fifty-five year stretch, but I’d argue that Christie is phoning in a lot of those later stories. Simply put: for hitting a certain quality threshold (with only a single actual dud), Wodehouse more than wins out.Yes, there’s very little innovative here. Wodehouse knows his formula and he wheels through it with the grand self-awareness that he can make it once again fresh and charming. Bertie finds himself in the country: there are comic confusions, an unwanted engagement and a cat which keeps popping up at simply the most inconvenient moments. It’s not perfect, it’s not the best thing he ever wrote – but it will make you laugh out loud, smile from ear to ear, and generally put you in a more kindly frame of mind towards the world. And what more do you really want from a comic novel?

  • Tiffany Reisz
    2019-03-15 09:47

    I see now why Douglas Adams called PG Wodehouse the best writer ever. Adorable and whimsical and clever. Plus a kitty! My kind of book!

  • Steven
    2019-02-27 17:51

    "I found him in the private bar having a gin and ginger ale. His face, never much to write home about, was rendered even less of a feast for the eye by a dark scowl. His spirits were plainly at their lowest ebb, as so often happens when Sundered Heart A is feeling that the odds against his clicking with Sundered Heart B cannot be quoted at better than a hundred to eight." (70)Aunts Aren't Gentemen is the last book in the Jeeves and Wooster series, which I have now (sadly—but also with such joy) completed. I'll be moving on to Blandings Castle with considerable speed.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-19 13:07

    "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."

  • Isa Lavinia
    2019-03-04 17:49

    This wasn't one of my Jeeves & Wooster favourites (perhaps because it was the last...). It was just a touch too modern, especially when you go into a Wodehouse story expecting the pre-war slang and lightheartedness. Still, it was amusing! PGW always has the flair for description, for instance, referring to a fellow calming down as: "he went off the boil."And a marvellous description of Bertie Wooster by Bertie Wooster: "I was more the sort that is content just to exist beautifully."Which I shall be employing in my everyday vocabulary from here on out.

  • Aarathi Burki
    2019-03-05 10:46

    Wooster nailed it in this novel.... Bertie and Jeeves the best combination of Wodehouse continue to keep entertaining us and add couple of jilted lovers, an aunt and few tricky situations for Bertie and you know there's humour written all over..... thoroughly enjoyed it..... and yes a cute cat which keeps popping out of nowhere....

  • Alysa
    2019-03-01 18:13

    "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.

  • مروان البلوشي
    2019-02-26 09:57

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  • KA
    2019-03-01 12:13

    "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 horses 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 that my blood boiled, and I would probably have said something biting like 'Oh,yes?', only I felt that a pieux chevalier, which I always aim to be, ought not to crush the gentler sex beneath the iron heel, no matter what the provocation." (69)

  • Maureen
    2019-02-24 11:56

    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

  • Likethereporter
    2019-03-11 11:09

    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?

  • Eilonwy
    2019-03-21 10:04

    I hate this title, and always think of this under its real title ofAunts Aren't Gentlemen.Such an enjoyable read.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-10 17:56

    Not quite as good as the earlier ones, but still a great deal of fun. Highly recommend!

  • Kate
    2019-03-21 16:02

    I seem to have managed to read three or even four anti-feminist books in a row. Wodehouse is always vaguely conservative but this one takes the cake for starring a jealous, controlling, belligerent young lover and a matching future father-in-law. Some plot points are dropped inexplicably (no real payoff for Bertie's misunderstanding that Orlo is a Communist, for instance) and I just don't feel this one is worth the time I spent listening.

  • Libbeth
    2019-03-05 17:57

    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 sure that through this great site I will joyfully find at least a few I have not read, and be able to track them down.My records only began in 1982, so I do not have a note of any I read before then. I’m sure I will enjoy re-reading them.

  • Rissie
    2019-03-12 16:05

    It's probably my own fault for reading every single Jeeves and Wooster book that Wodehouse wrote. Now that I'm on the last one, I can't help comparing Wodehouse to a favorite uncle who tells great stories that are all suspiciously similar. He also knows of several one liners that have gotten laughs in the past and reuses them a few times too many. But, he IS a favorite uncle, so you still laugh and enjoy the visit.

  • HelenFey
    2019-03-23 17:45

    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).

  • Laura
    2019-02-25 11:56

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime:Blake Ritson reads a classic Jeeves and Wooster story from PG Wodehouse. Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

  • Tom
    2019-03-17 14:51

    Perfect fun for a long road trip. The narration by Jonathan Cecil was superb. This was the last novel published in Wodehouse’s lifetime, when he was 93, although several more were published posthumously, and it is the last featuring Bertie Wooster and Jeeves.

  • Gautam Das
    2019-03-12 16:48

    Ah Pug, if only one could write like you! But for that one would need to be equipped with a Latin background, proficiency in French, n’cest pas? And of course, be gifted with the ability to create the perfect phrase with the exact sprinklings of apt humour and spot-on irony.

  • Connor
    2019-03-13 14:49

    Ridiculous and delightful as any tale of Wooster and Jeeves.

  • Linda Rowland
    2019-03-24 12:00

    Sad to say that I think I donated the book of his stories. Want to read it now. I saw and heard in my mind Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry as I read. I will try to find more of his work.