A Cat

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Elusive, elegant, humorous, independent, the cat is one of the great mysteries of nature. In these brief meditations on the spiritual, physical, and metaphysical life of the cat, Leonard Michaels gives us this unfathomable creature as we have never before quite seen it, and yet as we have always known it to be. With a keen eye and an inimitable style, he portrays for us eating cats, sleeping cats, walking cats, and thinking cats. In prose that consistently surpises and delights, he evokes an array of emotions, ...
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Overview

Elusive, elegant, humorous, independent, the cat is one of the great mysteries of nature. In these brief meditations on the spiritual, physical, and metaphysical life of the cat, Leonard Michaels gives us this unfathomable creature as we have never before quite seen it, and yet as we have always known it to be. With a keen eye and an inimitable style, he portrays for us eating cats, sleeping cats, walking cats, and thinking cats. In prose that consistently surpises and delights, he evokes an array of emotions, from jealousy to love to feelings that go beyond the human. While the mystery of the cat can never be ultimately defined, Michaels comes as close as possible to revealing its essence. In doing so, he illuminates our own desires and longings for transcendence.

Delightfully illustrated, A Cat is a book to cherish. Michaels brings his observant eye, quick humor, and inimitable style to the page, to give readers the cat, as they have never before seen it. "A brilliant and beautiful ode to cats, as subtle and sly and often as funny as cats themselves."--Alice Adams. Line art.

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De Laroche, a French journalist who has written several books on cats, explores the historical love-hate relationship between cats and humans. As he explains, the earliest known cat remains associated with human settlement date from 6700 B.C.E. in Jericho. The cat was very important to the early Egyptians, as evidenced in sacred texts, statuary, and the cult of Bastet. In medieval Europe, however, the feline was viewed as a disturbance to the established order of Christianity, and superstitions about cats as the cause of bad luck became widespread. The animals came back into favor through the side door of fairy tales; such stories as "Puss in Boots" (France) and "Dick Whittington" (England) changed people's attitude toward cats. The cat also began to appear in carvings in Roman Catholic sanctuaries. In Japan, the cat reigns in the form of "maneki neko," a statuette of a seated cat with one raised paw. Photographs of magnificent artwork featuring cats throughout the ages illustrate the straightforward text, but the true treat are the lovely photos of real cats. Michaels (The Men's Club, LJ 4/15/81) has produced a delightful celebration of the cat. His book, featuring about 100 koanlike meditations on the spiritual, physical, and metaphysical aspects of the cat, is illustrated with Frances Lerner's spare, delicate drawings. Some meditations, such as "A cat is not owned by anybody," are reflective. Others ("Dogs tend to look like their masters, but this is never true of a cat. A cat is a highly particular creature") are humorous. Cat lovers would enjoy both these titles. De Laroche's worka visual pleasureis reasonably priced but not an essential purchase. Michaels's unique collection would be appreciated in all libraries.Eva Lautemann, DeKalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, Ga.
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This "ode" to cats portrays the many sides of the elusive, elegant, humorous, and independent creature, from its familiar fluid movements to the mysterious aura that has made it such an intriguing companion. 6 1/4" x 7 1/2". B&W illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573225663
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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