Cats I Have Known and Loved
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Who would have guessed that one of the great historian’s passions in life is cats? Over the course of his eighty-two years, and from his birthplace in Dawson City, Yukon, to his home in Kleinburg, Ontario, Berton has known and loved many cats. In this charming collection of stories, he has chosen his best cat tales to share with us.
Pierre Berton is a master storyteller, and his lyrical writing and sense of pacing and adventure enliven this collection, making it irresistible to any cat lover.
The book opens with the adventure of Pousse-Pousse, the cat with extra toes, who was carried off by a Great Horned Owl and, seven months later, reappeared at the door, bedraggled but alive. Pierre Berton’s first cat was Happy, a kitten the teenage Pierre spied in a pet store window “free to a good home.” It was Depression-era Victoria, and the Bertons barely had enough to feed themselves. Still, they kept Happy, and she produced scores of kittens over the years. There are stories of stray cats and “hobo cats,” beloved cartoon cats like Felix and Krazy Kat, and finally, “Rules for Guests,” which includes the following: “No discussion is so intense, no story so riveting, that it can’t be interrupted when a cat enters the room.”
This beautifully designed small-format gift book is illustrated with line drawings by Pierre Berton, photographs, and coloured endpapers.
1. CompSciGirl (Ottawa)
2. SoLittleTime (Maine)
3. SDKelley (Illinois)
4. SalemHouse (Minnesota)
5. MysteryFan03 (Missouri)
6. Barker-TX (Texas) (skipped)
7. JonAzrael (UK)
8. Libertine101 (West Australia)
9. Caligula03 (California, End of list by request)
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10. Back to me
Since this is a bookring, and I'm leaving tommorrow on a long flight, I will take the book with me and hope to have it read by the time I get back (10 days). Hopefully that plan will work out, so I can send this along to the next person quickly!
The book has travelled quite a bit with me... it came with me for the plane ride from Ottawa, ON to Prince George, BC... and then I read it out loud to my boyfriend as we drove from Prince George to Burns Lake, BC today. We shared a lot of laughs over the cats antics. Were suitably disturbed by the couple who just couldn't say no... and ended up with 480 cats. Quickly agreed on a three cat maximum for ourselves. :)
Jaguar, thanks so much for sharing this book with us! I have PM'd solittletime for the next addy for this book, and will send it out as soon as I can. Meanwhile, I was so impressed with this book I think I might have to add it to my "pick up my own copy someday for my permanent collection" list...
No, I guess I have to be good and read and release, but it already looks like I also might have to buy my own copy, and another to gift a friend. (Who said BookCrossing wasn't good for authors' royalties? Here's a book I never would have ever even heard of without BookCrossing and I'm already planning to purchase multiple copies!)
I wasn't really sure if it would be a good thing, or if it would be too upsetting to read at a time like that, but it turned out to be very comforting to be in the presence of such love for cats, even if it was arriving off of a page and not from a friend in person. His love for cats truly does just come off of the page and surround you.
I've got to put it down again and finish the book that arrived earlier, but I wanted to thank you for including me in this BookRing, as it did help me get through a very hard day. I'll return to it as soon as I finish BookRing #1 and will mail it out as soon as I can after I'm done reading.
The very last section of the book is From Paul Berton's Rules for Guests. The third is my favorite:
3. No discussion is so intense, no story so riveting, no baseball game on TV so important, no kitchen task so crucial that it can't be interrupted when a cat enters the room. When one does, all attention should turn to the cat (i.e., Oh what a beautiful cat, what's its name? That reminds me of the time a cat...)
Black and white photos and lots of really wonderful drawings by the author add to the enjoyment.
Will be mailing it out to the next in line, sdkelley.
9-20 I have tried for a few weeks and cant get any response from Barker, so I will send this on to JonAzrael when I get the address.
I'll get on to it just as soon as I've finished the book I'm currently reading
Cute little read with some great tales about the cats in the author's life. I particularly enjoyed the story of Pousse-Pousse/Killer, the mystery of the disappearing cat at the beginning of the book.
Thanks to Jaguar for sharing! I'll send this on to the next person on the list as soon as I can.
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Still no response from barker-tx so this is on its way to libertine101 in Australia.
Well, when I got this int he mail, I was about to take my eldest cat for walkies. Yes, he walks with a harness on and a lead. So I started to read it immediately, as I walked Arki. or as he walked me ;)
So far I am enjoying it greatly!
Will report back once I have finished it. :)
Well, you gotta love a man who loves cats. I enjoyed the wit and the photos and drawings. I did find his kitten drowning mother distrubing. I found it even more disturbing to read that he got his cat spayed once his mother had passed on and could not do the 'deed'! This was the 70's! desexing was around then! If a reader gets one thing out of this book: cats are prolific. Get them desexed! Its the humane thing to do!
Released 17 yrs ago (4/2/2005 UTC) at
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Returning book home.