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Of Cats and Men: Stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    Cats are the Coal Mine Canaries of Relationships

    I noted famed librarian Nancy Perle recommended this book for cat lovers in her 'Book Lust' topical reading list. While 'Of Cats and Men' entertains the reader it reveals to us that cats do know and judge us more accurately than we do in these perfectly crafted stories. Two major themes cleverly weave the cats and couples together like strands of DNA. One is the relationship of men and women, the other is the personality of cats connected to the couples and way each party responds to the other. Watch the man who loves, disdains or is oblivious to the cat, and you get a pretty good idea of how he will nurture the relationship with the women. Listen to the thoughts of the woman and how she learns (or fails to observe) from the cat what is the worth of her mate or potential lover. Nina de Gramont evokes Guy de Maupassant or O Henry in a very modern milieu of coupling and language. Occasional four-letter words lend an authenticity to these cat-tails. I found the story collection to be like an exquisite series of miniature paintings, full of interesting details that only a skilled observer could detect and only a superb writer could put into words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2001

    Lessons of the Heart

    In each of these cleverly crafted tales, lies a lesson of compassion and of compromise. Through feline companionship and through the characters own revelations these stories conclude to an emotional evolution. Deeply touching and at times very humorous, Nina de Gramont has written a beautiful collection of short stories that run deeper than an entire novel. If you desire a book to tug on every human emotion and stories that you never want to come to an end, then this is the book for you. Bravo Nina.

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