The curious case of the Maiden Eggesford HorrorWhen the doctor advises Bertie to live the quiet life, he and Jeeves head for the pure air and peace of Maiden Eggesford However, they hadn t reckoned on Bertie s irrepressible but decidedly scheming Aunt Dahlia, around whom an imbroglio of impressive proportions develops involving The Cat Which Kept Popping Up When Least Expected As Bertie observes, whatever aunts are, they are not gentlemenA classic the last book written by Wodehouse featuring Bertie and Jeeves A tome of well mannered high comedy, from the unrivaled master of the comedy of manners Entertainment Weekly


10 thoughts on “Aunts Aren't Gentlemen

  1. Lori Lori says:

    I for one had been corn before his sickle, as the expression went Love Jeeves and Aunt Dahlia Bertie is growing on me slowly like a fungus.


  2. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    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 wo 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


  3. Barbara Barbara says:

    In this 15th book in the Bertie Wooster Jeeves series, Bertie abducts a cat to rig a horserace The book can be read as a standalone I listened to the audio book and the narrator using different voices and accents for the various characters added evenfun to this humorous story.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 are In this 15th book in the Bertie Wooster Jeeves series, Bertie abducts a cat to rig a horserace The book can be read as a standalone I listened to the audio book and the narrator using different voices and accents for the various characters added evenfun to this humorous story.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 andBertie 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


  4. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    How sharper than a serpent s tooth, I remember Jeeves saying once, it is to have a thankless child, and it isn t a dashed sight better having a thankless aunt The passage about can describe the whole plot of the book To givedetails, one fine morning Bertie observed he developed some red spots on his chest, so a visit to a doctor was in order The doctor found nothing wrong, but advised Bertie to move from London to a countryside for some fresh air and relaxing stress free life FollowinHow sharper than a serpent s tooth, I remember Jeeves saying once, it is to have a thankless child, and it isn t a dashed sight better having a thankless aunt The passage about can describe the whole plot of the book To givedetails, one fine morning Bertie observed he developed some red spots on his chest, so a visit to a doctor was in order The doctor found nothing wrong, but advised Bertie to move from London to a countryside for some fresh air and relaxing stress free life Following his aunt Dahlia he went to Maiden Eggesford where she was staying at the moment It turned out there was nothing wrong with fresh air of the place, but his life was as far from relaxing and stress free as it could possibly beI 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 The irony of this was, the main intrigue was revolving around a cat Now, we all know cats can be outright devious, but this particular specimen was minding its own business being completely harmless Nonetheless it became a central figure of the drama.Wodehouse wrote the book when he was 93 It clearly showed his advanced age had done nothing to his sense of humor Still, the book is only mildly amusing compared to the peak of the series around books 6 7 On the positive side there was nobody from the last previous books I felt that crowd overstated its welcome nobody except for Bertie Wooster, Jeeves, and Aunt Dahlia Onenitpick this time Jeeves contribution to solving Bertie s mess was not too impressive Unlike all the previous books the mess was resolved by itself So the rating is 3 stars a decent book, but nowhere close to the best ones


  5. Trevor Trevor says:

    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 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


  6. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    I am a person who has been blessed with a lot of aunts, and I agree heartily with Bertie They may be terrifying like Aunt Agatha or genuine good eggs like Aunt Dahlia but as a class, they are definitely not gentlemen


  7. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    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 wo 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


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  9. Cecily Cecily says:

    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 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


  10. F.R. F.R. says:

    A small extract for youFor 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 anotherLet s haggle, I said.But when I suggested twenty five, a nicer looking sort of number than thirty, he shook his grey h A small extract for youFor 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 anotherLet 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 evenincredible 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 , Wodehousethan 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 akindly frame of mind towards the world And whatdo you really want from a comic novel