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Cat Lady Paperback – August 4, 2015
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A Cat Lady, Maria, in Rome goes out of her way to feed the feral cats. At least one passerby call the cat lady a witch [Strega], and they are likely right for she talks to cats and they talk back. In particular, she has befriended Bast, a mother cat, and her three curious kittens.
She tells Bast and the kits that kindly Cardinal Mezzaluna, who makes sure the cats get fed, had a mission for the Cat Lady, which also shows that he accepts her abilities. He confesses that he loved a woman, Anne Marie, but due to his vows, they swore to part and never see each other again in this life. In his dying state, he longs to know if she remembers him.
Maria uses a spell to detect the Cardinal's love and it pulls across the sea to America where Anne-Marie reveals that she respected his vows and his love--she never forgot and never took another love. The Cat Lady is able to let him know before he dies, after which the feral cats of Rome lead Mezzaluna to his afterlife.
The kits are distraught that the obits mention his wondrous deeds, but not his love . . .
I received my copy of this narrative poem directly from the author through bookreviewdirectory.wordpress.com.
Maria can talk to the feral cats in her city, and the cats can talk back to her. Some think that Maria is a ‘Strega’ (Witch). This maybe true, as Maria uses her abilities to cast a spell for a dying man, to see if the woman he has always loved, loved him too.
The book is written in poetry form and tells the tale just as if it was a folk story. The verses flowed easily into one another, and it is a book that must be devoured in one sitting to fully understand it. Although at only 44 pages long (according to Amazon), this shouldn’t be a problem, though to really truly grasp the meaning of the story, read it slowly and let the verses sink in.
I've never been one for poetry, but since blogging I've been asked to review a few books that are either poetry books or tell their stories in poetry form. This is a genre that is growing on me and I am becoming to love.
Well done Mary on creating a beautiful story, that is not only heat-warming, but emotional, both happy and sad at the same time. Thank you for sharing the beauty of the Gattara in Rome.
Reviewed by Stacey at Whispering Stories Book Blog
The book is beautifully done with just eight lines on each page and readers, like myself, will pause on each, considering the lives of the cat and that of old Maria, who like myself, provides food for cats... Others will read straight through the book, considering the rhyming words, the rhythm to be found, but, truth be told, it is the story that is what captures my attention, of course...
Now you may think that this book is all about cats, but that is just not so! You see, The Cat Lady was called into the home of a local Cardinal, Mezzaluna, who also needed her help!
Well, there's lots more to learn about what the Cat Lady was asked to do...you know, when I read a rhyming poem, it seems, I'm often drawn to rhyme as well! Anyway, this poem is exactly 31-pages long and ends with a mention that invites readers...When in Rome... that a certain gattara (cat lady) may just be able to find someone for you...Who Knew!
But, of course, there is a call for kindness to the feral cat colonies...because the cats are waiting for you there! Visit them! I must point out that this long poem is really a very sweet short story that many lovers...of cats or otherwise...will deem to be a perfect little story that provides an excellent way to escape reality...and even head to Rome for a short visit! Cool, right?!!! Highly recommended...
Paperback provided for review
As I was reading my thoughts kept going to the broadway show of Cats that I saw in NYC many years ago. The musical was wonderful and I was picturing those people as cats on stage while I was reading this.
It also, oddly enough, reminded me of the poem - The Owl and the Pussy Cat, which I love!
This was such a delightful, magical, sad, but heartwarming story - all told in the form of a poem! The only thing that would have made it a little better would be a few drawings or pictures. That seemed to be missing for me. Other than that, this poem/story was pure joy!