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Avalon: a Heartwarming True Cat Story Paperback – August 11, 2015
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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!
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. The cat was a character in her books and movies. Vanessa and Avalon were a team. You couldn’t have one without the other.
There was one boyfriend, Gilles, who understood. He was a keeper. Anyone who understood Avalon and the beautiful bond between Vanessa and Avalon was special. I was happy to read in the ending that Gilles was a part of Vanessa’s life. Love expands.
If you’re a cat lover, you’ll love Avalon by Vanessa Morgan. If you’re someone who loves with abandon, who jumps in with their whole heart, soul, and body, you’ll enjoy this memoir. I know I did.
Avalon was a stray that was on the streets and who followed her home, a breed the author always wanted to own (a Turkish Van cat) but this cat must have been neglected while growing up and was very dependent on her, (the author) for love and exclusivity. They were both very dependent on one another, as to where personal relationships, and friends came second, except for her Grandparents.
I to am very close to my animals, so I can understand her behavior to a certain extent, but it just felt a bit too needy for me. I am not saying it was not the right thing for her. The book is well written and the author has an interesting career, which we learn about as well in this story.