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Avalon: a Heartwarming True Cat Story by [Morgan, Vanessa]
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  • File Size: 1300 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
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  • Publication Date: June 4, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XC1NE4I
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By Kitty Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 18, 2015
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Animal lovers, and cat people especially, will need a box of tissues on hand as they get to know Avalon and his faithful human Vanessa. Discovered on the streets of Belgium, the rare Turkish Van took to her and her home as if he had always lived there, clearly unconcerned about her determination to not add another cat to the mix. And why would he be? As far as he's concerned, he's the chosen one. And the needy one, desperate for attention beyond anything imaginable and wildly jealous of all who dared gaze upon his domain. And the nightmare one, the cat who infuriates all others to the point only Vanessa still cares about him.

It is a deeply intimate portrait of two damaged individuals who find themselves through each other. To be sure there is humor, the kind you don't find amusing at the time but laugh at much later and quite loudly. Avalon deliberately throwing up on Borat the guinea pig every time he felt a hairball rising. Avalon eating everything from hot peppers to plastic bags. And ultimately, Avalon the movie star.

As Vanessa shares Avalon's story she also shares her own. The daughter of a mean alcoholic mother with Munchausens and an abusive father who views her as a failure no matter what she does, her insecurities run as deep as Avalon's. The connection he shares with Vanessa is akin to soul mates, kindred spirits who echo each other's insecurities and hunger for love. Through highs and lows they are always there for each other, and as their relationship deepens they begin to heal each other as well. This is one story you'd best have a box of tissues on hand for!
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I haven’t read a pet memoir since "Marley and Me" because I have a tendency to weep uncontrollably for hours if something sad or emotional happens to the pet. The relationship between a person and their pet can surpass many human relationships, and that’s certainly the case with Avalon and his owner, Vanessa Morgan.

Vanessa is an author and screenwriter who comes across a Turkish Van cat in the street and instantly falls in love with him. He, in turn, adopts her on sight and goes on to become the most important “person” in her life. He’s possessive, neurotic, challenging and demanding and yet he’s everything she wants and needs from a pet.

“He’s more than just a cat.” Avalon is the conduit through which Vanessa can explore her insecurities, fears, and relationships and she shares many of these in this book.

Pet owners have a propensity to anthropomorphize their animals but, while Avalon clearly shares many traits and insecurities with humans, the author is clear that he is definitely a cat – a very intelligent, needy, loving cat that is so much more than just a pet. They share a love, trust and companionship that she hasn’t found with another human.

Vanessa Morgan writes beautiful prose; it’s not flowery, in fact she is quite economical with words, but it flows effortlessly and draws you deeply into the story. She states in the epilogue: “I also lacked the words to describe how precious Avalon was to me” but, while only she would know the true depth of her feelings, I felt the love and emotions between her and Avalon deeply.

And, yes, I wept!
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This memoir about a woman and her relationship with her cat is unlike any book I’ve ever read before. Morgan encounters a homeless Turkish Van cat on the street and this kitty clings to her. Adoption is a must. Named Avalon, the cat forcefully demands attention and sees other animals and people as rivals for Morgan’s affection. Avalon has such a strong personality that he’s even offered parts in movies, performing perfectly in numerous scenes. This is a great read for animal lovers who’ll understand the special bond the author and Avalon shared. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I purchased this book quite a while ago but just got around to reading it. Strangely enough, although I did not know it I had been following Vanessa's Facebook page (website) Traveling Cats for a while--loving all the pictures she takes of cats around the world, never realizing that this was the author of the book I had been trying to get to!

Like Vanessa I never travel mainly because I won't leave my pets--and if I had to make a choice--the guy goes--the pet stays. Avalon was a very dominant and jealous cat who needed one person and that persons total attention. I did have a cat who literally walked into my apartment one day and never left--he liked all people--but--the one time I had to leave him alone overnight (I was stick in NYC in a major power outage)--like Avalon he clung to me with his paws wrapped around my neck the minute I walked in the house. My current cat definitely has issues--and is also a one person cat. NO MEN allowed in my apartment, or I am given a talking to until they leave!!

This book will certainly warm the heart of anyone who owns or has ever owned a cat. It is good to know that there are others like me who would rather be alone then to give up any animal!!
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Avalon by Vanessa Morgan is for cat lovers. Only a lover can understand the overwhelming, self-denying devotion of the beloved. Only a cat lover can appreciate Avalon. However, anyone who has ever experienced all-out obsessive love will be able to identify the emotional soul-lock love between Avalon and the author. Parents with handicapped children will understand. Spouses with dependent mates can identify. Maybe it’s dependency? Maybe it’s what love is all about—“in sickness and in health.” Whatever! Does it matter? Not to the beloved; it’s wonderful; it’s enriching emotional fulfillment. Life is forever altered.

How did this happen between Avalon and the author? Avalon is about a cat and his owner. Avalon is a Turkish Van—a rare breed. The author picked up Avalon off the street and brought him home. He didn’t adapt well. He terrorized the other pets and even the people that Vanessa Morgan brought in their lives. Having had a cat like this, I understand the situation. Everyone wants to get rid of the offending cat, but the cat owner feels it must defend the cat. No one understands. Besides, Avalon helped Vanessa grow up. By that I mean, the cat and the owner were sympathetico. They understood each other. How can you get rid of your soul mate?

Vanessa in explaining the emotional bond in the conclusion states:
Many argue that my relationship with Avalon was unhealthy, but it was actually the opposite. We became emotionally stable beings because we had each other. We had both been our worst selves when we met, but we had bonded through an unwavering desire to be love unconditionally and to love just as much in return. What we thought impossible, we had found with each other.

Vanessa even used Avalon in her work.
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