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Brace yourselves, Norton fans: This is the third and final installment in the saga of the Cat Who Went to Paris (and Italy and Florida and Sag Harbor, Long Island), but I'm here to tell you it's a happy book you won't want to miss -- though I can't promise you won't be crying at the end.
In case you've kept to the dog side of the aisle for too long, Norton, a nine-pound Scottish Fold cat, was decidedly special, perhaps even un-catlike. He kept his human, Peter Gethers, company by walking along a crowded beach for two miles, and would wait in the bushes until Peter was ready to go home. Norton learned how to unlock a bedroom door, persuaded two reluctant Italian cooks to do a book with Peter, and even learned to activate the automatic seat warmer for his side of the car. He also traveled well and happily in a shoulder bag, on planes, boats, and subways, and was always ready to make new friends.
More important, as all pets do, Norton taught his owner about life and love, especially unconditional love, and the pleasures and pains of being involved. He transformed Peter from a self-described insensitive oaf into a man who would do anything, but anything, for his cat.
This part of Norton's life begins when he turns ten, still down-to-earth even though he is recognized on the streets of Paris and receives his own fan notes. Peter does not share this celebrity. In fact, in one of the best stories in the book, Peter and his girlfriend, Janis, are invited to a celebrity movie premiere to meet someone named Tony only because of their connection to Norton. Ultimately, Norton comes to the post-screening party, receives a royal welcome from the guest of honor, Sir Anthony Hopkins, a Norton fan, and is surrounded by well-wishers. Standing on the sidelines, Peter is approached by Lauren Bacall, who says in that inimitable voice: "I don't know who you are and I don't know why you're here. But if I want to talk to Tony Hopkins, who's an old and dear, dear friend...why do I have to stand in line behind your f***ing cat?"
Though Norton appears to be purring his way into middle age, he develops kidney disease and, later, cancer. Anyone who has ever struggled with the serious illness of a beloved animal will empathize with Peter as he cooks special meals for Norton and administers holistic supplements. Norton's ending is characteristically, full of love, courage, and dignity. Once again, Norton points up the best qualities in animals and one of the special joys in life. (Ginger Curwen)