- Series: Norton the Cat
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (October 6, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0449907635
- ISBN-13: 978-0449907634
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 100 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cat Who Went to Paris (Norton the Cat) Paperback – October 6, 1992
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Gethers was an aileurophobe until he met kitten Norton, who turned out to be a very special pet indeed. A BOMC selection in cloth. Illustrated.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“Peter Gethers’ trio of books about the globe-trotting Norton are witty and warm. One not only learns of Norton’s sweet personality but also about the author’s not-so-cynical genuine feelings about what really matters when it comes to love and cats.”—Vicki Myron-,author of Dewey: the Small Town Library Cat who Touched the Worllk
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This is a lovely story. I first read it ages ago (when it was new, I think) on an airplane. Being a new cat companion, I was interested in other people's experiences, and I had a flight to get through. I had no idea I would fall in love with a furry feline the way I fell for Norton.
Some don't like Peter Gethers' name dropping. I found it slightly hilarious to imagine Norton doing all of those things I'll never get to do. I liked it for the humorous viewpoint of seeing this world through a cat's eyes. I'd imagine Norton is not impressed by anyone's wealth or celebrity.
Recently when speaking about the best animal stories with a friend, I suggested The Cat Who Went to Paris and was horrified to learn that my copy was missing. I immediately replaced it along with the two sequel volumes, and even on a second read, it's as charming as ever.
Gethers, a self-described Jack-of-all-trades, writes prose that is lively, clear, organized, humorous, often touching. Norton, who steals our hearts and tickles our fancy dictates much of the author’s life. For example, the ubiquitous girlfriends–I counted eight–must share their bed with Norton if they want to sleep with Gethers.
The problem with this book is that the narrator constantly upstages his feline friend. I grew tired of the hyperbole. Gethers has a penchant for name-dropping, not only people, notably his good pal Roman Polanski and Harrison Ford, but hotels, restaurants, clubs, even airplanes (The Concorde). His girl friends are drop-dead gorgeous and sexy, in spite of claiming his taste usually “ran to slightly trashy.” One conquest “was the most intelligent, most stimulating, and least boring person I’d met in a long time.” This shortly after working with Polanski and Ford.
Screen writers specialize in lean prose and focus. Moviegoers don’t want to be distracted by minor characters. This book would have been better at 100 pages, an easy goal to attain by removing half the author’s amorous exploits.
Like another reviewer, I regret that I also bought the two sequels when I ordered this book.