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The Unadulterated Cat Hardcover – September 26, 2002

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'An extremely funny little tome, purrfect (sorry) for anyone who lives at the mercy of Felis Catus' VENUE

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett is a publishing phenomenon. Among his many prizes and citations are the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, the Carnegie Medal, the BSFA Award, eight honorary doctorates and, of course, a knighthood. In 2012, he won a BAFTA for his documentary on the subject of assisted suicide, 'Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die'. He is the author of fifty bestselling books but is best known for the globally renowned Discworld series. The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, and the series is still going strong almost three decades later. Four Discworld novels - Hogfather, Going Postal, The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic - have been adapted for television, with more to follow. His books have sold approximately 85 million copies worldwide (but who's counting?), and been translated into thirty-seven languages. In 2007, Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease. He died in 2015.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (September 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752853694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752853697
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
Terry Pratchett is, as far as I'm concerned, the funniest writer to ever live, and while The Unadulterated Cat flies far afield of the mythical Discworld universe, it is simply hilarious. You don't have to be a cat lover to enjoy it, but only the cat lover can appreciate the strong current of truth that runs throughout this wildly comical look at the world of our feline friends. The Campaign For Real Cats, Pratchett tells us, wants to celebrate the dwindling number of Real Cats in the world by helping people identify Real Cats among their modern, Unreal Cat compatriots. To this end, Pratchett goes about describing how to spot a Real Cat in any of its several variations, defines eleven types of cats such as your classic farm cat, boot-faced cat (as Real as they come), arch-villain's cat (always Unreal), and cartoon cats. He offers useful tips on naming cats, describes common illnesses such as impatient feet, gives tips on feeding and disciplining cats, describes common cat games, indulges in the theory of the Schrodinger, time-traveling cat, looks at the cat in history, and offers other insightful, highly comical ideas and theories on cat-ness in general. All of these subjects are examined, of course, from the point of the view of the cat. By far the funniest and most insightful section is devoted to the games cats play; the book's worth acquiring for this one section alone.
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.
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A definite must-have for anyone who is owned by a cat, or several cats in my case. Full of gems which describe cat behaviour perfectly (just why are they always on the wrong side of any door?) and makes no attempt to explain anything - cats are inscrutable, after all. Typical stylish and side-splitting writing you'll be familiar with from the Discworld series, and Gray Joliffe's cartoons really bring the book to life. Buy two, if your friends are like mine they'll like it so much they'll forget to bring it back - and if you're like me you'll just keep re-stocking :-)
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After reading a spellbinding 2000+ pages fantasy trilogy I needed something light and funny. The Unadulterated Cat did the trick perfectly. This book is about what a Real cats should be, and also what they shouldn't be. About what they do, and eat, what to call them, etc.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
every cat owner will love this book, but it's definitely not pratchett at the top of his game.

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.
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Pratchett is known for his artistic use of words - even if they make no sense (yes, this happens). In this book he's remarkably serious (?) and tells you EVERYTHING what you have to know about the Real Cat. Furthermore, the cartoons are funtastic. If you love cats - get it!
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By A Customer on December 4, 1997
Format: Paperback
Tired of those books where you finally get around to calculate that your cat has an IQ of just above 160 and that he could get paid more than you should he decide to take a job?

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm amazed that there are any people out there who don't love this book. Pratchett, the funniest writer in English of the past century (even considering Wodehouse), takes on the orneriest species of the planet. Because it's a little coffee-table book, of course it won't have the depth and span of his best fiction, but it does have his genially iconoclastic style, and his astounding ability to face the worst of humanity or felinity -- and make it seem almost likable anyway.

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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