The Fur Person

The Fur Person

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“In whatever May Sarton writes one can hear the human heart pulsing just below the surface.”—Washington Post Book World
This enchanting story and classic of cat literature is drawn from the true adventures of Tom Jones, May Sarton’s own cat. Prior to making the author’s acquaintance, he is a fiercely independent, nameless Cat About Town. Growing tired of his vagabond lifestyle, however, he concludes that there might be some appeal in giving up his freedom for a home. Finally, a house materializes that does seem acceptable and so do the voices that inhabit it. It is here that he begins his transformation into a genuine Fur Person. 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. It is now reissued in a gorgeous edition featuring David Canright’s beautiful illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393349900
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Edition description: Gift edition
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 224,803
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

IAlexander's Furpiece and the Cat About Town17
IIAn Adventure27
IIIAn Escape35
IVA Dish of Haddock41
VA Home-coming49
VIThe Fur Person Gets a Name and Fights a Nameless Cat56
VIITom Jones Keeps Everything Under Control64
VIIIPoor Jones Has a Hard Time71
IXGlorious Jones or The Catnip Hangover77
XThe Mouse Is at Large!84
XIThe Great Move93
XIIThe Eleventh Commandment or the Reflections of a Window-box Cat103

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The Fur Person 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 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!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Follow Tom Jones, Gentleman Cat, as he becomes a fur person. Deciding that life on the streets has had it's kicks, Tom decides to hire a housekeeper. His adventures in finding just the right home and defining his place within the home are true to life, in turns comical and sincere. Epiphany arrives, and Tom discovers human love is a worthy thing.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Fur Person is a book that I think any cat lover will cherish. I reread it every couple of years and can always see so much of my cats in Tom Jones (even though my cats are girls). We follow Tom Jones on his journey from a Cat About Town to his discovery of a loving family, and his evolution with his new family, Brusque Voice (May Sarton) and Gentle Voice (Judy Matlack), from Gentleman Cat into a Fur Person. I would imagine that May Sarton took some literary freedom in relating Tom's early years before he became part of her and Judy's family, but his time with them is based on his true adventures. It's a charming little story that any cat lover can relate to.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A gentle lovely story of an amazing cat. The most amazing thing about him is that he is true to every cat I've ever known. The voice of the story resonates deeply, as he is by turns wary, comforted, confused, terrified, and loved. There is even gentle humor when the Gentleman Cat goes to the vet, and comes back a Gentle Cat!
hklibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Actually the edition I read was not listed--I read the reprint--a 1978 edition. This was one of the truest and sweetest books that anyone who has had a cat (male or female) would love. I found myself crying when they moved and when he was homeless for awhile. I think this would be an excellent gift to give all of your cat loving friends. The illustrations (there are a few) are WONDERFUL. I would definitely read this again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago in paperback; I was very happy to find it again and re-aquaint myself with Tom Jones, the Fur Person. It's just as delightful as I remember!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love May Sarton, and this little book is no exception. This was a highly enjoyable read, with a little food for thought as well. A great pleasure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Fur Person. It's like a wa,k in tge sunshine. I've read many of May Sarton's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Small book but perfect little story for cat lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miss Sarton certainly knows cats! She has descriptions of many of the customary cat behaviors down pat, as any cat's devoted housekeeper would recognize as well. The story is sweet and full of ways for the reader to become better acquainted with the Fur Person and his growing affection for his housekeepers, and their love for him.
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.
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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.