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The Unadulterated Cat (1989)

by Terry Pratchett

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From the worldwide phenomenon Sir Terry Pratchett, via the unquestionable wisdom of the Amazing Maurice, herein is contained everything you'll ever need to know to identify the real, unadulterated cat. The Unadulterated Cat is becoming an endangered species as more and more of us settle for those boring mass-produced cats the Ad Men sell us - the pussies that purr into their gold-plated food bowls on the telly. But the Campaign for Real Cats sets out to change all that by helping us to recognise a true, unadulterated cat when we see one. For example: real cats have ears that look like they've been trimmed with pinking shears; real cats never wear flea collars . . . or appear on Christmas cards . . . or chase anything with a bell in it; real cats do eat quiche. And giblets. And butter. And anything else left on the table, if they think they can get away with it. Real cats can hear a fridge door opening two rooms away . . . Featuring fifty illustrations and artwork from the creative minds behind the Amazing Maurice film, rediscover Sir Terry's wit and wisdom and re-educate yourself on how to separate Real Cats from the riff raff.… (more)
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You suddenly acquire kittens: this is the stuff you read.

Not as entertaining as the Discworld books but I can't find it in my heart to rate a Pratchett book lower than 3 stars.

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  Silenostar | Dec 7, 2022 |
I felt a reread was in order since we have some cats on a timeshare. Not sure where they live but pretty sure at least 3 different families are feeding them :lol .

Anyway not as good as i remember, its a bit dated in places. Its description of Cat Chess is still a favourite bit which the 6 or 7 cats in my vicinity tend to play a lot :) . ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
Early Pratchett, found in the secondhand shelves. Still pretty good. ( )
  nicdevera | Oct 1, 2020 |
Sir Terry pours his experience with Real Cats into this silly book in his usual whimsical style, illustrated by Gray Joyliffe in a fitting fuzzy manner. Now we know where Death’s love for cats come from... ( )
  Gezemice | Mar 8, 2019 |
Laughed a lot. A funny, nice description of how living with a cat is and what cats are. ( )
  annarellix | Jan 31, 2018 |
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Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Daniele, ValentinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jolliffe, GrayIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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All right, all right.
Time to come clean.
Despite the fact that
this book clearly states
that cats should have short names
you don't mind yelling
to the neighbourhood at midnight,
The Unadulterated Cat
is dedicated to:
Oedipuss.
They don't come much realer.
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Far too many people these days have grown used to boring, mass-produced cats, which may bounce with health and nourishing vitamins but aren't a patch on the good old cats you used to get.
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From the worldwide phenomenon Sir Terry Pratchett, via the unquestionable wisdom of the Amazing Maurice, herein is contained everything you'll ever need to know to identify the real, unadulterated cat. The Unadulterated Cat is becoming an endangered species as more and more of us settle for those boring mass-produced cats the Ad Men sell us - the pussies that purr into their gold-plated food bowls on the telly. But the Campaign for Real Cats sets out to change all that by helping us to recognise a true, unadulterated cat when we see one. For example: real cats have ears that look like they've been trimmed with pinking shears; real cats never wear flea collars . . . or appear on Christmas cards . . . or chase anything with a bell in it; real cats do eat quiche. And giblets. And butter. And anything else left on the table, if they think they can get away with it. Real cats can hear a fridge door opening two rooms away . . . Featuring fifty illustrations and artwork from the creative minds behind the Amazing Maurice film, rediscover Sir Terry's wit and wisdom and re-educate yourself on how to separate Real Cats from the riff raff.

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