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In this endearing memoir, William Jordan's reluctant adoption of a stray cat leads to an unexpectedly deep bond, one that will be immediately recognizable to anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of a pet. When Jordan brings Darwin into his home, he is forced into a commitment more devoted and sincere than any he has known before. He observes Darwin not only with the lovestruck gaze of a doting pet owner but also with the keen eye of a trained scientist, and he ruminates insightfully on the complex ...

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Overview

In this endearing memoir, William Jordan's reluctant adoption of a stray cat leads to an unexpectedly deep bond, one that will be immediately recognizable to anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of a pet. When Jordan brings Darwin into his home, he is forced into a commitment more devoted and sincere than any he has known before. He observes Darwin not only with the lovestruck gaze of a doting pet owner but also with the keen eye of a trained scientist, and he ruminates insightfully on the complex relationship between humans and their pets. Through issues of territory and separation, sickness and health, Jordan's heartrending memoir of his relationship with Darwin is made irresistible by his "self-effacing honesty, his ever-present wit, and, above all, the unashamed nakedness of his emotions" (San Diego Union-Tribune).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618382286
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/12/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 502,147
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

William Jordan is the author of Divorce Among the Gulls: An Uncommon Look at Human Nature (1991). The Washington Post called it "a dazzling range of philosophical speculations about the meaning of life, " and Noel Perrin in the Chicargo Sun-Times described Jordan as "a major new talent," adding, "move over, Stephen Jay Gould. Make way, Barry Lopez. Here comes William Jordan to join you." Jordan has a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California. He lives in Culver City, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Picking a Human Up 11
2 A Dog's Meow 21
3 Breaking Up 32
4 Inventory in England 46
5 Nuptials 61
6 Honeymoon Prognosis 64
7 Hope, Intimacy, Jealousy 71
8 Friendship and Equality 81
9 Hospice Care 95
10 Night Walk 112
11 Home Invasion 123
12 Sweet Epiphanies 150
13 Tender Mercies 166
14 Missa Felina 174
Epilogue 189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    An Amazing Book To Read!

    What I did not know when I bought this book was that it would be about a cat who had feline leukemia. It was so well written with the authors thought on why we tend to think things and what leads us to our decisions. Darwin was a stray cat that he convinced himself that he would not become attached to and he did. Darwin and him had such a great bond, and he cared and loved Darwin to the very end. I applaud his wonderful caring and his outpouring of emotion. Great book, great read. I would definitely recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2005

    Heart of scientist is melted by a stray cat

    I've read a lot of books, but this one is special. An analytical academic type gentleman who has always approached life in a pragamatic way finds himself courted by a stray cat. The story is about how he completely loses his objectivity, falls in love with, and aquires great respect for this little creature. The author has a wonderful self depreciating sense of humor which allows us to see into his heart. This is not about a cat with human qualities as we often see in cat-centered books, its about a human who was forever changed by knowing and loving a cat who is just that...a cat. I wish this wonderful little book had more exposure. It so deserves it. Its incredibly touching, enlightening, and intelligent all at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2004

    thankyou

    I just finished reading 'a cat named darwin' and wish to thank mr jordan for such a meaningful book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    The best book ever!

    I loved this book so much. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me want to hug my cat! The transformation the author goes through, the trials and tragedies he must face with his new-found cat friend... This book will touch any hearts, animal-lover or not! If William Jordan's skeptical heart can be turned to one of love, the same can happen to any reader. And even if it doesn't change one's view of animals (though I can't see how it cannot!) the things it teaches us about life itself are reasons enough to pick this book up today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    SIMPLY THE GREATEST!!!

    Having read many books on cats and their humans, this is a very special well written book. The title tells you all. The author leads you with an open heart through his life changed by a cat with a heart warming story filled with true emotions on how a pet changes your life and your heart. I saw myself in this wonderful book, having lived the 'same' story with my Sylvester, memories, smiles and tears led me through the reading of this book, and at the end a sense of acomplishment came to life again. Any cat lover will enjoy this book, and it will always have a special place in my bookshelf.

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