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The Fur Person
     

The Fur Person

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by May Sarton
 

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A delightful, whimsical tale—one of the most popular books for cat lovers ever written.
May Sarton's fictionalized account of her cat Tom Jones's life and adventures prior to making the author's acquaintance begins with a fiercely independent, nameless street cat who follows the ten commandments of the Gentleman Cat—including "A Gentleman Cat allows no

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A delightful, whimsical tale—one of the most popular books for cat lovers ever written.
May Sarton's fictionalized account of her cat Tom Jones's life and adventures prior to making the author's acquaintance begins with a fiercely independent, nameless street cat who follows the ten commandments of the Gentleman Cat—including "A Gentleman Cat allows no constraint of his person, not even loving constraint." But after several years of roaming, Tom has grown tired of his vagabond lifestyle, and he concludes that there might be some appeal after all in giving up the freedom of street life for a loving home. It will take just the right human companion, however, to make his transformation from Cat About Town to genuine Fur Person possible. Sarton's book is one of the most beloved stories ever written about the joys and tribulations inherent in sharing one's life with a cat.

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Harvard Crimson
“A charming book that cares for the prodigious cat dignity it describes so well.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393301311
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1983
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

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Meet the Author

May Sarton (1912-1995) was an acclaimed poet, novelist, and memoirist.

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The Fur Person 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The life of the cat who's eventually to be known as 'Tom Jones' begins inauspiciously, when his mother disappears and his littermates are picked up by the Animal Rescue League (probably not for adoption by other families, the reader quickly realizes). After spending his first few years as a Cat About Town, the young gentleman sets out to find himself a suitable housekeeper. A nice old maid in whose home he can settle down - that's what Tom has in mind. Instead of one old maid, though, he finds two. And that's not the only way in which his new life as a Cat of Property turns out to be more than he bargained for. The author based this charming short novel on her own life, and her own cat named (what else?) Tom Jones. It's very suitable for doing as her preface suggests, and reading it aloud to one's children or grandchildren. However, it's also a delight for any cat lover of any age. This is definitely the best book of its kind I've read, and heaven knows I've read plenty of pet stories!
jojo_doyle More than 1 year ago
May Sarton has always been one of my favorite authors. I thought I had read all her books, but to my surprise I missed this one. This book was an absolute delight. Ms. Sarton manages to capture very well the personality of a cat. Though I did think at times she projected some of unwarranted selfishness on to this cat's personality. Cats aren't selfish, they're just cats. Still I laughed at the antics of Tom Jones, and paused to think whether my cats could possibly have any of these thoughts. Anyone who owns one or more cats will relate to TJ antics and laugh. I now look at my "Fur People" and wonder if they are practicing yoga as they look through the windows to watch the world outside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Jones is a delightfully articulate and introspective cat. His wisdom and humor make this book simply charming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Fur Person' gives a wonderful perspective of the cat's lifespan. Especially touching is the chapter where Tom Jones has to go to the vet. Anyone who has nursed a sick pet or is caring for a chronically ill pet will be able to relate. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll stop here. There are many treasures in this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
May Sarton must have been a cat in a previous life. She translates 'cat-ese' into 'human' with empathy and understanding, leading us through 'The Fur Person's' life with wit, charm and intelligence. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever loved a cat.