- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Intl Polygonics Ltd (November 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558820973
- ISBN-13: 978-1558820975
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,812,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Abandoned Paperback – November, 1995
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This is one of Gallico's best works, making a perfect companion to his more famous 'Thomasina' and telling of a boy transposed into the body of a cat by accident. His life as a cat involves many hard lessons from companion Jennie in this excellent, sensitive story. -- Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Paul Gallico (1897–1976) was a popular and prolific sports columnist, screenwriter, and author of books for adults and children. He was born in New York City to an Italian immigrant musician father and a mother who had studied to be a singer, and paid his way through Columbia University by tutoring children and working as a longshoreman. He began his career at the New York Daily News, where he soon became famous for his adventures with star athletes of the day. In 1937 he published the essay “Farewell to Sport” and turned to fiction, publishing stories in publications like Cosmopolitan, The Saturday Evening Post, and The New Yorker. Among his forty-one books are the novella The Snow Goose (1941); Manxmouse (1968, often cited by J.K. Rowling as one of her favorite books); Mrs. ’Arris Goes to Paris (1958) and its four sequels; and The Poseidon Adventure (1969), the basis for the hugely successful 1972 film. From 1950 until his death Gallico lived outside of the United States, mostly in England, Antibes, and Monaco. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
This is a story of a small boy who gets turned into a cat, and then must quickly learn the lessons needed for feline survival in a rough, tough, post-WW II bombed-out London and Glasgow. Luckily, our protagonist has a coach in his trials for survival in the form of a she-cat, Jenny ('Jenny' was the original UK title of the book, by the way), and along the way we all learn lessons about survival, both feline and human.
Paul Gallico was a reporter in Nazi-Germany in the '30s and knows how to state a thought with clarity and immediacy. He was a prolific and eclectic writer - powerful adventure tales like 'Poseidon Down' made his success - and with this seemingly trivial 'cat story' one might get the impression that he 'throttled back'. But Gallico is a supreme observer of cats and humans, and in this surprising novel he is at the top of his game. I've read it twice (the first time out loud to my wife, who was so frightened by an unexpected twist in the story that she refused to read on), and I love the book. Love it enough for a re-read.
It's a book for cat lovers. It's a book for animal lovers...yeah, sure. But it's a book for observers of the cat and human condition, for thinkers, and especially those who appreciate damn good writing.
It's a beautifully written book, highly recommended for all ages, and I'm very pleased to note that it is now one of my young daughter's favorite books as well.