- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081182571X
- ISBN-13: 978-0811825719
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,608,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kittens in the Sun Hardcover – October 1, 1999
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A respected photographer whose previous books include the bestsellers Asleep in the Sun and The Mediterranean Cat, Hans Silvester has captured the imaginations of readers worldwide with his unique and endearing photographs of the cats of the Greek Islands. He returns to this sun-drenched setting once again with Kittens in the Sun, focusing on the youngsters of the furry set:
Even as they begin to explore the world around them, the kittens grow rapidly into little cats. Clumsy at first, they begin to investigate their surroundings. Curious and playful, bursting with energy, they encourage one another to venture further and further away from home.
The breathtaking beauty of the islands serves as the ideal backdrop for these frolicking felines, whose daily to-dos--including pouncing, playing, and, of course, lounging--are expertly documented by Silvester's trained eye. And while they'll soon grow to be independent cats, this brief moment in their tender and all-too-cute lives will forever live in Kittens in the Sun.
Enchanting kittens stretch out in a sunbeam and attack each other with playful energy, Kittens in the Sun is a collection of more than 200 photos from a photographer obviously in love and in touch with them. Kittens resting, playing, lazing on the ground and flying thorough the sky sprinkle the pages in enchanting full-color images that capture the essence of everything feline. The kittens detailed throughout the book are some of Greece's finest residents.
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Mostly cats, not that many true kittens in here, but still well-worth your thin, rectangular, monochromatic paper-cloth images of our past leaders.
However, when I first became aware of his book about the cats and dogs, I was thoroughly dismayed by his choice of subject matter and the way he has chosen to portray the lives of these creatures as idyllic and carefree.
Having been to these Greek islands, I have learned firsthand that the large majority of these poor animals are ignored, injured, or mistreated by people there-anything but "respected." The photographer has omitted portraits of the true conditions for most of the stray dogs and cats in Greece-crippled, starving, dying of thirst, hurt or maimed, with the humans around them barely taking notice.
The full horror of the story was revealed to me by locals on the islands. Each year, the cats & dogs are allowed to breed uncontrolled, because tourists are fond of seeing the cute animals around town and on the beaches. At the end of each tourist season, as many of them as possible are rounded up and killed (I couldn't bear to learn how), until the following year when the ones that survived begin the cycle all over again. I found this same story on all the islands I visited, including Mykonos, and I was so appalled that I shortened my stay and left Greece altogether.
The situation is a tragedy, and my feeling, as a photographer and animal lover, is that Mr. Silvester should not be misrepresenting the conditions of the cats and dogs on these Greek islands, especially when it is for monetary gain. I hope animal lovers around the world will agree, and send a message to anyone who profits in any way from the suffering of these dogs and cats in the sun.