Rebecca’s #CBR4 Review #44: The Catnappers by P.G. Wodehouse
Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves are classic characters of fiction; P.G. Wodehouse is one of the most revered writers of English fiction, especially humor. Of course, The Catnappers (also known as Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen) is a wonderful comic novel, with Bertie and Jeeves in fine form.
The plot involves Bertie going to a country estate in order to take a break from his unhealthy London lifestyle; of course, he gets embroiled in a plan to throw a horserace by kidnapping a cat (don’t ask), and is meanwhile being constantly pursued by a former friend, Orlo Porter who believes him to be in love with his love, Vanessa. Hijinks ensue, and everything turns out alright in the end.
Perhaps the funniest part of The Catnappers is Bertie’s repeated attempts to return the cat to it’s owner, only to find it has followed him. However, Wodehouse’s wonderful prose creates many comic moments and delights at every turn.