- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cat Who Went to Paris 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.
From School Library Journal
YA-- Two pet owners tell of their talented animals in relaxed, entertaining ways. Gethers's style is extremely light and at times funny as he tells how Norton taught him to like cats, how easily this feline made friends with airline crews, explored Parisian rooftops, and stood vigil at the death of his owner's father. Blind actor-musician Tom Sullivan relates, through White, how he had to let Dinah train him as she was so much more capable than his previous guide dog. Chapters of Gethers's book open with appealing line-drawing caricatures; the photographs in Leading Lady appear in a centerfold. Animal lovers are sure to enjoy these stories of almost unbelievably skilled pets. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.