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Lesley O'Mara

Author of Great Cat Tales

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"Que el perro sea o no el mejor amigo del hombre, según un antiguo dicho, posiblemente está todavía por saber. Lo que sí se sabe con certeza es que las relaciones de los perros con los hombres han inspirado una vasta literatura. En esta selección de relatos breves, que se abre con el magnífico prólogo de Gerald Durrell, nos encontraremos con escritores de la talla de G. K. Chesterton, Hugh Walpole, Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, etc., que intentaron ver cuál era realmente el nexo entre seres tan distintos. Cada cual nos ofrece una respuesta diferente. Desde la épica apasionada de London hasta la amarga fábula de Walpole, pasando por el humor fresco y vital de Jerome K. Jerome, o el lirismo arrebatador con que Virginia Woolf nos cuenta el final de Flush, el perro de Robert Browning y Elisabeth Barrett Browning. Gerald Durrell, especialista máximo en historias de animales, reflexiona en su prólogo acerca de esa relación hombre-perro que ha atravesado los siglos". (Descripción editorial).… (more)
Perroteca__ | 2 other reviews | Apr 17, 2024 |
A very funny, adorable little book that cat lovers will enjoy. I agree with some reviewers that it could've been better proofread or organized, but for a gift book you can't ask for much more than this gives you.
Kristin_Curdie_Cook | Apr 29, 2016 |
A short story collection featuring cats. I was expecting to find more familiar fare here, but only knew two of the stories- Rudyard Kipling's famous "The Cat That Walked by Himself" and a chapter from one of James Herriot's books about a lady with a houseful of cats. I wouldn't say the selections were great- most of them good, several quite forgettable, a handful I really liked. A number of stories are about people jealous of cats- the wife jealous of the husband favoring the cat, the husband jealous of the wife loving the cat, the lover trying to do away with a cat that hates him, and so on. Common thread. There's even a story of a cat that's jealous of another cat that shares its household, and how its manners change when the second cat disappears... Also lots of stories about winsome, noisy and very opinionated siamese cats. I wonder if siamese cats were still a rare, exotic breed in the eighties? or did the editor who selected the stories just happen to like them.The authors include Mark Twain, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Doris Lessing, Emile Zola, Lloyd Alexander, P.G. Wodehouse and many others I didn't recognize. My favorites were-

"How a Cat Played Robinson Crusoe" by Charles G.D. Roberts- about a cat who accidentally gets left behind at a summerhouse on an island, and must find ways to survive the fall, winter and spring alone.

"A Fine Place for the Cat" by Margaret Bonham- a rather slovenly lady decides to purchase a siamese cat when her older cat passes away. She wants something different, to impress her neighbors. The new cat arrives from the train and it is so strange to her she at first thinks it a hideous monkey-like creature. But the cat immediately attracts the admiration of the fish-man (who peddles his wares door-to-door) and thus something develops between them. A nice story.

"The Story of Webster" by P.G. Wodehouse- a young man, bohemian artist type, gets saddled with his rich uncle's cat, and he feels that the cat's stares reprimand him so much, he starts to change his ways. To the astonishment and alarm of his artist chums and his girlfriend.

"Midshipman, The Cat" by John Coleman Adams- some boys are attacking a small cat on a waterfront, and a novice sailor rescue the cat, who promptly adopts the crew and boat as his new home. He proves to be a remarkable, bold and resourceful cat. The story of his antics aboard ship and what happened after the summer's cruise was over, made me smile.

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jeane | 2 other reviews | Sep 21, 2015 |
If you love dogs, this is a fun book--all varieties of writing, all good stories, Not a bad one in the bunch.
NellieMc | 2 other reviews | Mar 1, 2009 |

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Associated Authors

John Francome Introduction
Virginia Woolf Contributor
P. G. Wodehouse Contributor
Kenneth Roberts Contributor
Eric Parker Contributor
James Douglas Contributor
Samuel A. Derieux Contributor
Cecil Aldin Contributor
Joyce Stranger Contributor
Hugh Walpole Contributor
Arthur Bryant Contributor
W. H. Hudson Contributor
Anatole France Contributor
Jilly Cooper Contributor
O. Henry Contributor
Jerome K. Jerome Contributor
Colette Contributor
Gerald Durrell Introduction
James Herriot Contributor
Jack London Contributor
G.K. Chesterton Contributor
Rudyard Kipling Contributor
Anna Roberts Contributor
William Geldart Illustrator
Beryl Reid Foreword


½ 3.6

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