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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (October 6, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449907635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449907634
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Gethers was an aileurophobe until he met kitten Norton, who turned out to be a very special pet indeed. A BOMC selection in cloth. Illustrated.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-- Two pet owners tell of their talented animals in relaxed, entertaining ways. Gethers's style is extremely light and at times funny as he tells how Norton taught him to like cats, how easily this feline made friends with airline crews, explored Parisian rooftops, and stood vigil at the death of his owner's father. Blind actor-musician Tom Sullivan relates, through White, how he had to let Dinah train him as she was so much more capable than his previous guide dog. Chapters of Gethers's book open with appealing line-drawing caricatures; the photographs in Leading Lady appear in a centerfold. Animal lovers are sure to enjoy these stories of almost unbelievably skilled pets. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

The book was witty and funny and very entertaining.
Ruth Theis
The Cat Who Went To Paris, the first book in the Norton trilogy by Peter Gethers, is a charming read.
Kathryn L
I gave away my first copy of this book and had to buy another so I could reread it!
J. Allen

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Annette Munson on February 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
On Monday, September 10, 2001, I was idly perusing a current issue of "People" magazine when a vision of surpassing splendor met my grateful retinas: a little gray feline with a precious, round face, huge, limpid eyes that seemed to mirror a soul of similar perfection; and the cutest, folded ears I had ever seen (on either human or cat). This ray of loveliness was, I soon learned, Norton Gethers, whose final adventures were soon to be published in "The Cat Who'll Live Fovever," the third in author Peter Gethers's trilogy of Norton-ology. I sprinted to my local bookstore to purchase this wonderful book, and I also picked up a copy of "The Cat Who Went to Paris," the book that introduced the discerning literary public to the world's cutest cat. And what a delight this book has been: quite simply, I have fallen in love with Norton - hopelessly, happily and blissfully smitten with the little gray wunderkind. Employing a witty, at times self-deprecating, and always engaging writing style, Gethers draws us in to the tale of a six-week-old Scottish Fold kitten who, in early 1983, burrowed his way into the author's heart with a most disarming skill and flair. Gethers, up to this point an inveterate cat-hater, was quickly transformed by his furry little friend: throughout his 16 years on this earth, Norton taught his loyal caregiver (and his many friends) countless lessons and enhanced more than a few lives. (If you don't believe me, I dare you to read this book and the two books that followed it. "A Cat Abroad" and "The Cat Who'll Live Forever" do noble service to Norton - and to the author himself.) I have been a lifelong cat-lover, and I naively believed I knew everything there was to know about felines, about pet loss and grief and mourning. But Norton has thrown me for a loop.Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Living alone, I don't often hear myself laugh out loud ... but the first time I read this book, I think I laughed so hard I had tears running down my face! I, too, was a dog lover .... until after my husband died (at age 30) and my father dropped a homeless cat off one night to keep me company. Since then, I've rarely been "cat-less," although none I've owned have been as memorable as Norton. I stumbled across this book, combined with "A Cat Who Lived Abroad," and finished both in the blink of an eye. If you've ever owned a cat ... or even contemplated owning one . . . .or cat sit for friends, this book is for you! I've just ordered "The Cat Who'll Live Forever," and although I know it will be sad, I can't wait to finish the trilogy. Mr. Gethers knows how to communicate --- whether with cats or humans, and I admire his gift for description. His aside about Pounce was delightful, and his description as it being "nector" oh so true. It's rare that I take the time to write a review, but this is one book I can't recommend highly enough!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patches on March 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read only the first book of the three in the series, but I cried a lot whilst I was reading it as I've already realised that Norton's gone before I came to know him. So I can imagine I'll cry even more when I read the two other books I ordered (Further Advertures and Final Advertures). Norton is surely every cat-lover's dream cat. But, what I want to say here is that after reading the book, I love my own cat even more. A cat's life is relatively short and vulnerable compares with human being, and so we should cherish the days when we still have our cat with us. Finally I sincerely hope that Mr. Gethers can extend his love for Norton to other cats as well, as, I do believe, that's what little angel Norton tried to teach him.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cappeller,Sonja on September 13, 2001
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This is the best book about what love can do to you.When I am sad or depressed Peter Gethers and his Norton can always cheer me up a little bit.It is interesting and funny to read how Peter Gethers(how used to hate cats)was taught by Norton(a little cat)to love cats.I gave this book as a present to almost every of my friends ,and they loved it all!!
I know Mr Gethers lives sometimes in New York does anybody know if he and Jannis are okay? I am a bit worried after this terrible,unbeliefable terror act.If anybody knows something please tell me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the ultimate on November 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I decided to purchase the Norton books (all three) because of all the rave reviews about them and because I love cats. I now wish that I had just read the first one or had gone to the library before ordering the others. Understand, The Cat Who Went to Paris is a cute book about an amazing cat. Unfortunately, after a while I found myself getting annoyed by all the excess stories about Mr. Gethers' life and career. Once the story found its way to France, I had to start skimming. Is this a culinary book written half in French, or a book about an extraordinary cat? I understand that any book about an animal must have human stories interwoven, but this one just didn't come through for me. He did always tie the story back to Norton in some small way, and indeed a lot of the things that happened happened because of Norton, but it still felt like I was reading a story about a writer/manager/publicist/single guy instead of a story about his amazing cat. Bottom line: The books are worth a read, but I wouldn't buy them.

Note: If you enjoy reading about cats or pets (or even if you don't), I just finished reading Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper -- amazing book. Not just a story about a blind cat- an endearing story about strength, faith and survival. I'm re-reading it right now.
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