With characteristic wit, self–effacing charm and sheer, exuberant love of a good cat story, New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda and his wife Margaret Korda recount their lives as "cat people," beginning with Margaret's passion for cats (and Michael's reluctant mid–life transformation into a cat person), and introducing readers to a hilarious assortment of people whose life revolves––often to an extraordinary degree––around their cat, or cats, from Cleopatra a transatlantic traveler who found happiness in Paris to Wally, the epitome of feline dignity.
Here are people who just can't say no to another cat, who "world–travel" with their cat, who build their social life around their cats––and of course the cats themselves, for the Kordas celebrate the beguiling power of cats, including many of their own, who have complemented, complicated and changed their lives together over the years. Here are charming, often hilarious and sometimes sad portraits of such cats as Margaret's beloved Irving, whose favorite abode was the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and Mumsie, who arrived unexpectedly at the door with her two kittens, and special cats like Jake and the gentle Chutney, as well as "difficult" cats like Chui and poor Mrs. Bumble, and Mr. McT., the bully who found love late in life. Here are graceful cats and cats like Kit–Kat that never look before they jump, in short, countless cats the reader will never forget, even those with many cats of their own.
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About the Author
Michael Korda is the author of Ulysses S. Grant, Ike, Hero, and Charmed Lives. Educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland and at Magdalen College, Oxford, he served in the Royal Air Force. He took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and on its fiftieth anniversary was awarded the Order of Merit of the People's Republic of Hungary. He and his wife, Margaret, make their home in Dutchess County, New York.
Margaret Korda was born in England and now lives with her husband in Dutchess County, New York. They are also coauthors of Horse Housekeeping: How to Keep a Horse at Home.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this book and have given at least four copies to other cat people who've probably by now done the same thing. My own life mirrors that of the Kordas-- a city dweller who bought a home in the country with a barn and suddenly had a herd of cats, each with its own name and special personality. I am a writer as well and have written about my Breakfast Creek cats, ducks, geese, dogs, gardens, and neighbors as Michael Korda did in his charming book, Country Matters. Cat People is a wonderful collaboration of these two people who have come to understand that living in the country is a shared experience, and that company comes and goes but cats move in to stay. Margaret Korda's small pen and ink drawings give the book a personality that will make every cat person smile, buy the book, and then order one for a friend....many times over.
We read that ancient Egyptians worshiped cats. In fact, if one of the household cats died, the owners were so grief stricken that they shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning. Well, I'm not quite sure that Margaret and Michael Korda would go that far, but as revealed in 'Cat People' they are inordinately fond of their felines. Michael Korda, a best selling author and editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster, not only has a way with words but also a way with line drawing - his whimsical illustrations accompany a thoroughly enjoyable narrative as the Kordas share anecdotes about cats - his, hers, theirs, plus those of their neighbors and friends. As we discover with sometimes disastrous, frequently funny situations, each of the toms and tabbies has a distinct personality and definite predilections. There is super cat Napoleon who tumbled out of a four story window, 'dropped four floors down, landed on top of the building's cloth canopy, thus breaking his fall, bounced on the heavy canvas then took a flying leap to the top of a dividing brick wall.' Once they were living in the country the Kordas were visited by any number of cat boarders, all of whom were well loved. There was Mumsie whose favorite meal was breakfast. She liked to take it seated at the table between the marmalade jar and the teapot. And, Chutney with his 'Buddha-like wisdom and calm.' When he died, the Kordas had him cremated and kept his ashes and bowl in a closet for many years. The reminiscences go on, and one is sorry when they end. Cat lovers will want to invite the Kordas over for an evening and swap cat stories. Others will be entertained by the rich humor expressed. You don't have to be a feline fancier to enjoy 'Cat People ' as it is stand alone entertaining. However, if you are a cat lover, you'll find yourself nodding your head in agreement and smiling with every page. - Gail Cooke
"Okay. Should this be a pet rp or just cat people."
Warm and tender stories of home cats, all beautiful like any cat. However some novelty was lacking and I felt more like putting the book down and getting to play with my own cat