The Fur Person

The Fur Person

by May Sarton
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The Fur Person by May Sarton

2016 Reprint of 1957 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. This charming story is drawn from the true adventures of Sarton's own cat, and recounts his evolution from a stray to a gentleman cat, and finally, his emergence as a Fur Person. "A Fur Person is a cat who had decided to stay with people as long as he lives. This can only happen if a human being has imagined a part of himself into a cat just as the cat has imagined part of himself into a human being." Illustrated by Barbara Knox.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614279754
Publisher: Martino Fine Books
Publication date: 06/23/2016
Pages: 106
Sales rank: 120,532
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About 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.