Company of Cats: 20 Contemporary Stories of Family Cats

Company of Cats: 20 Contemporary Stories of Family Cats

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The Company of Cats: 20 Contemporary Stories of Family Cats 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you hate cats, this is the book for you. In the two stories I read, one cat was set on fire, and in another the owner, who supposedly cared for his feline companion, slowly starved it to death and commented in a clinical manner how it accepted its fate. I'm not an animal fanatic, but it's beyond me how the editor and publisher could have presented this book as "a meaningful as well as delightful gift book ." 
drth15 More than 1 year ago
The disturbing but compelling "Chicago And The Cat" exemplifies the tone of this odd anthology: A self-absorbed man, unable to relate to his lover or his 'Jewish Mother' discovers his inner feelings while intentionally starving his cat to death: "That was what it meant to be dying, he thought. The dying had few choices and then grew weaker and had no choices. They wanted to live and they struggled to live buy they could not choose to live." "This must be what dying means" I thought as I read this, "Having to read this callous,self-important drivel." Common to nearly all stories are narrative self-absorbtion, a stunning lack of understanding and experience with cat care, and the old and long-discredited idea that cats are alien creatures befitting man's darkest emotions. For realistic, but infinitely more insightful stories try: 'The Power of Purrs' by Gary Shiebler, 'The Cats of Thistle Hill' by Roger Caras, and 'Cat Stories' by James Herriot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've only read a few stories from this book so far, but they're pretty good. They're a bit lacking in something, though... I guess I'm just used to Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul and books like that, that have real lessons to be learned. These really don't have a, well, a point, really... except to display the cat's not-so-bad qualities.