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From Publishers Weekly

The line between cute and twee is easy to cross when writing a cat book, and Gethers steers a precarious course between the two. Then again, that may be the cat's doing. Norton, Gethers's Scottish Fold, lacks most of the feline foibles that would give him a certain universal resonance. The cat is told just once not to scratch the furniture in the 300-year-old house that Gethers rents for the year with girlfriend Janis and thereafter (remember, Crown classifies this as Nonfiction/Pets), Norton does not scratch the furniture . Norton runs away one time--but waits for Gethers to trot down the block and pick him up. For readers with real cats--psychotically territorial, determinedly sedentary and often a tad snitty--Norton will seem like a small dog who has had a lot of plastic surgery. On the other hand, Gethers sans chat is often funny, self-deprecating and loves food, which makes him a fitting guide to the over-chronicled byways of Southern France. As the former head of Villard and Random House editor-at-large, Gethers's recollections of the publication of his earlier book, The Cat Who Went to Paris , makes interesting reading for publishing types.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

He's back as a celebrity now--Norton the adorable Scottish fold cat whose adventures were chronicled by Gethers in The Cat Who Went to Paris ( LJ 9/1/91). Norton the star now dines on Pounce pizza prepared by superstar chef Wolfgang Puck, stays in a famous New Orleans hotel that has a no-pets policy, tours the United States on the TV talk-show circuit, and receives fan mail and photos from humans as well as cats. Most of this book describes Norton and Peter's year in Provence, where Norton's days in a beautiful 300-year-old country home are filled with naps in the garden, exploring the neighborhood, and more napping in the lap of his human. Gethers's writing style is amusing, although he also reflects occasionally on the mortality of his furry friend as well as his own. Readers who were previously charmed by Norton will be delighted with this book. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/93.
- Eva Lautemann, DeKalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, Ga.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (August 9, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449909522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449909522
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before you read another of word of this glowing review, know this: I am an unabashed, unambiguous, gushing and adoring Norton-phile - and I always will be. If you're looking for objectivity, you won't find it from this reviewer..."A Cat Abroad" was author Peter Gethers's second installment in his trilogy of Norton-ology. Originally published in 1993, the book chronicled the adventures of a precious Scottish Fold named Norton, whose enchanting and coquettish personality, singular intelligence and other-worldly savvy endeared him to all who knew him - or read about him. Norton was such a brilliant little creature - and such a treasured companion to Gethers - that his stunning physical beauty could have been a mere sideline to his power and magnetism. But it wasn't. Norton was so staggeringly cute and handsome (those ears! those eyes - which look like irridescent half-moons when he looks down! The fur like spun silk!) that he commanded the attention - and deference - of Oscar-winning actors, filmmaking geniuses, hotel managers, restaurant proprietors, best-selling authors (i.e., Gethers), and anyone else who had the pleasure of meeting him. Of course, there was much, much more to Norton than a handsome face and physique, as Gethers lovingly depicts here. Norton guided his owner's professional sphere, love life, and varied friendships with skill and ease - and taught him many lessons in the process. In return, Gethers provided his beloved little companion with the most wonderful life any animal has ever enjoyed. (Get a load of the answer Gethers provides when one Norton fan asks him, "Why won't my cat act like Norton?" Trust me, Gethers was the owner Norton was born to have....Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
I liked this book, the sequel to "Norton, The Cat Who Went to Paris." This beautiful Scottish Fold with the folded ears is no longer a baby kitten, but a playful full grown cat who travels the world with his owner. Here the reader will learn of Norton's adventures in Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain and his ability to win audiences along the way. Wherever Norton goes, he is given the red carpet treatment.

Gethers' first book was worth a hundred stars; however, this book was a step down from that simply because the adventures in A Cat Abroad seemed to be focused more on Gethers and his career than that of Norton's adventures. The book is still a fantastic book, but not quite up to par with "The Cat Who Went to Paris."
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Let me say first off that I think Peter Gethers is a good writer. That's my opinion, and his first book about Norton, "The Cat Who Went to Paris", was great. It was funny and entertaining and I fell in love with Norton. This second book in the trilogy was very disappointing after the first one. Instead of being about Norton, it was mostly about Peter Gethers, his girlfriend Janis and his very pompous, overdone travelogue of Europe. Sure, Norton was in there, but not as much as he should have been. I found Gethers' constant French phrases throughout the book to be very annoying and totally self-serving. I'm assuming that this was Gethers' attempt to show his readers how sophisticated, worldly and important he had become, but to me it came across as pompous, overbearing and grating. I don't speak or read French as I'm sure many other readers do not, so it was aggravating when he would show off by throwing out French (and sometimes Italian) phrases all over the place without even interpreting what they mean in English. That's just plain ignorant. Sometimes he did translate, but most times he didn't and there really was no reason for the constant French and Italian phrases other than to pump up his own ego. Other readers mentioned his matter-of-fact name-dropping as being annoying. Yeah, it was. It's okay to mention famous people you know, but Peter overdid it. He knows famous actors, writers and directors, but everyone he meets in France falls in love with him and Janis. Every restaurant owner bows down to them and Norton. Come on. I have to wonder how overdone some of his adulation really was on the part of the author. His jokes about Nice and the word "nice" were pretty dumb as was the Ayatollah game. Sorry Peter, they just weren't funny. They were as juvenile as you can get.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
When I was in Third to Fourth grade I read A Cat Who Went to Paris. I fell in love with a cat named Norton, and a human, who put up with this regal feline's cat-titude. When I went to the bookstore and saw that he had a second book about the small cat, I spent all my christmas money (I was 11 and only had 15$ in my hands) on that book.
I started reading it in the car with the interior light and began again, the adventures of Norton the Cat. From starting at the Superbowl all the way to going home after spending time abroad in Paris. I was yet again hooked. There were touching parts, and some parts which made you want to laugh. In fact the part where Norm and Peter and everyone was piled into the car and stuck in Italian traffic had me rolling for an hour. Even now I get a good chuckle out of it when I read it over again.
I'll never forget the first time I heard that Norton had died. I was at the beauty shop reading People Magazine when I came across that article. I remember tears starting to burn in my eyes and people asking me what was wrong. When I showed them, they blamed it on me being a kid (I was 14). I'll never forget Norton nor Peter for the rest of my life.
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