Cats I Have Known and Loved

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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2002.
ISBN: 9780385659383
Characteristics: 143 pages : illustrations


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Dec 14, 2016

A fun light hearted read for all cat lovers.

Feb 04, 2016

Cats I Have Known and Loved --- by --- Pierre Berton
For so many years that icon of Canadian writing, the late Pierre Berton chronicles tales of Canada’s past. Who would have guessed that he owned cats, or as he puts it, was owned by cats. Who would have guessed that the perennially bow-tied guest of CBC quiz shows would be harbouring not one, but many, many more felines under his roof. This book was written over a decade ago and yet they are as fresh as yesterday. Autobiographical in passing, Cats is mainly about the cats who have owned the author. The anecdotes are quite amusing: anyone owned by a cat or any cat lover will readily identify with what appears between the book’s covers. Meowly recommended.

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