The French Cat

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One of the most successful animal photographers in the world today, Rachael McKenna (née Hale) turns her lens toward France—her newly adopted home—and the charismatic cats that inhabit this picturesque backdrop. The result is The French Cat, a stunning exploration of the country and its felines. Remarkable French landscapes, both urban and rural, are populated with cats brimming with personality—whether languidly strolling in a quaint village or regally perched on the doorstep of an elegant château. Rachael also ...

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Overview

One of the most successful animal photographers in the world today, Rachael McKenna (née Hale) turns her lens toward France—her newly adopted home—and the charismatic cats that inhabit this picturesque backdrop. The result is The French Cat, a stunning exploration of the country and its felines. Remarkable French landscapes, both urban and rural, are populated with cats brimming with personality—whether languidly strolling in a quaint village or regally perched on the doorstep of an elegant château. Rachael also tells the story of her new life in France with her husband and new baby in tow. This heartwarming narrative—along with engaging quotes from famous French cat lovers and literary greats—accompanies the images, making the eclectic and lushly illustrated record of Rachael’s journey an all-around delight for Francophiles and cat lovers alike.

Praise for The French Cat:

“A gorgeous love letter to her adopted country . . . these are evocative, beautifully composed landscapes and interiors that just happen to feature the small, inquisitive face of un petit chat.”

—Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
Photographer and ailurophile Hale (101 Cataclysms), born in New Zealand and living in France, offers a gorgeous love letter to her adopted country, its cities and famous light, and most of all—its cats. Cats are adored in France, she finds. Even the “gutter cats” are cherished, fed by villagers and “allowed to remain singular, self-contained, standoffish.” Photographing felines wherever she can find them—basking on the docks, posing on a “baronial staircase”—becomes a sort of shorthand for her process of observing, parsing, and celebrating French culture and the land. For the images are, above all, lush landscapes: studies of the abundance of the countryside, the lavender fields, the way “the mist rises off the Canal du Midi,” the “milky” light in the south, the drier “dusty” light of the Languedoc. And her cityscapes, of cats slinking along cobbled streets, allow her to observe the French ethos, “how the French let things be.” Narrow roads haven’t been widened to accommodate cars; cars have been built small and compact. Her methods also make for fun reading, how she travels with cat toys to attract the attention of her skittish subjects and to lure them into the frame (not always successfully; one cat rewards her with a vicious bite). The book—and photos—can flirt with gauzy sentimentality, but at their best, these are evocative, beautifully composed landscapes and interiors that just happen to feature the small, inquisitive face of un petit chat. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584799504
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 52,401
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachael McKenna (née Hale) is a photographer and bestselling author whose books—including 101 Cataclysms: For the Love of Cats and Smitten: A Kitten’s Guide to Happiness—have sold more than 2.8 million copies. Originally from New Zealand, Rachael now lives in France with her husband, Andrew, and their daughter, Charlize.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    I bought this book as a gift, and as such have only browsed it.

    I bought this book as a gift, and as such have only browsed it. It is just as the cover suggested: a pleasant, beautiful collection of cat photograhed in inviting settings. A lovely way to pass idle time.

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