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The Unadulterated Cat Hardcover – September 26, 2002
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I should point out the fact that this is in no way a useful guide for current or potential cat-owners; this is rollicking comedy from first page to last. Given this point, there are still a number of astute observations that will make cat lovers smile and perhaps even guffaw, for the behaviors Pratchett expounds upon are quite familiar to those sharing their lives with feline friends.Read more ›
No doubt you will enjoy this book, even if you don't have a cat (I don't). It's got good ole witty Pratchett style, with the habitual footnotes, and Gray Jolliffe's cartoons are terrific. It's read in no time and and will have you bursting out laughing incontrollably.
the good bits are inspired, hilarious, side-splitting and absolutely accurate (i can write this because my cats are not in the room).
but there are spots where the humor is labored, or even absent.
some of the illustrations are enjoyable, but i can't say i'm thrilled with any.
still, when you're not reading discworld novels, this will do.
Terry Pratchett is one of the funniest author ever and this is no usual 'rate-your-cat' book. Anyone who likes cats but who is not really keen on answering questions like "If your cat could choose to read any of the following newspapers, which would it be?", will be happy to read this. It doesn't try to be clever like some other books may try, but you can see through it all that Terry Pratchett has had his share of feline company.
While most other books 'rating' any kind of animals are not really meant to be read as a whole ( tedious explanations before and after in order to understand the ratings, numbers, calculations etc really prevent that ) this book is just funny and entertaining all the way through. Of course, there is _some_ kind of rating process, but the book was more written, I would think, to unite cat lovers in recognizing the most annoying and delightful traits of our furry friends. Something he did with his usual witty sometimes nearly sarcastic sense of humour.
In Pratchett's reknowned Discworld series, he pokes fun at people who love cats, pointing out that they tend to be the sort of people "who like puddings." People who go gaga are also reported to break out sometimes in chronic cats. It's a kick, then, to discover that he's reluctantly and with many reservations a catlover himself, and embarrassed by that fact.
The best aspect of this book, though, is the partnership of Pratchett's words and Jolliffe's manic cartoons. Their collaboration achieves a rare and delightful artistic synthesis. Jolliffe's cats are not pretty, not good, not particularly intelligent. They are very recognizably cats, and their humans are recognizably human. (Possibly my favorite cartoon is about the importance of giving your cat a name you don't mind screaming in the middle of the night: the poor wit-wannabe who didn't follow this advice is shown banging a catfood can and humiliatedly calling "Sperm Bank! Oh, Sperm Bank, come home!" or something like that. Another favorite brilliantly shows a sour Siamese getting a third-degree cuddle from an enthusiastic toddler.)
Our household has adopted some of the terminology, too. Any flouncy-looking white persian cat is now known around here as "an Archvillain's cat" or possibly "a Blofeld cat."
Every couple of years or so I pull out my coffee-stained old version and giggle. Chances are you will too.
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Face it, this is Terry Pratchett expounding on a loved subject. Uncontrolled giggle fits by page sixteen.Published 3 months ago by Debbie Fox
Another cat book, but very clever. RIngs true to cat lovers everywhere.Published 3 months ago by Framaces Muse
This was a gift and the recipient loves it just as much as I do.Published 8 months ago by Bezos Blows Goats
For those who love Terry Pratchett, this little book feels a lot like a very funny personal letter from their favorite (pretended) curmudgeon. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sherry B.
A lovely, funny book. Very good as a present for a cat owner.Published 14 months ago by Barbara Sobey