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5.0 out of 5 stars A most wonderful meditation, January 1, 2013
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This review is from: Another Insane Devotion: On the Love of Cats and Persons (Hardcover)
A wondrous meditation on cats, and the author's life, with side-trips into History,
Psychology, Biology and Philosopy, and the fate of Biscuit, who goes missing early in this urbane and immensely intelligent and entertaining book. Began reading favorite passages to our Lola, a languid and extremely longhair anthracite-black Persian whom my wife and I rescued from a shelter, promising her a sophisticated new life. Lola was fascinated for many a minute before she grew jealous and let us know that she wanted us to focus on her and not on a book, however scintillating and colorful.
This memoir is a masterpiece about a tiny cat that disappeared, but Trachtenberg's writing soon expands to include many other universes, gliding smoothly from the personal to the universal. A virtuoso performance.
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Initial post: Jun 2, 2013 3:03:37 PM PDT
Amazonia says:
You're not such a bad writer yourself, my friend! You've got a wonderfully elegant economy of style. Sorry, nothing to do with the book, couldn't help myself.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2013 7:40:14 PM PDT
RetiredOBGYN says:
We often cannot help ourselves but with any luck don't get into trouble, or at least not too often.
Many thanks for your comments.
And who is Amazonia?
I have a side-line in animal-related books - for instance The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating - also deep into biology, history, a severe personal illness, reflections, and so forth.
Best
IKS

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 11:23:33 AM PDT
Amazonia says:
Hey IKS, looks like we share some interests. Animals, memoirs, illness, I got 'em all! I'll look for your other reviews, since I am developing a list of books about human-animal relations. Have you read Trachtenberg's Calamaities book?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2013 5:35:02 PM PDT
RetiredOBGYN says:
No, but he is such a wonderful writer that at the very least I'll get a free sample from Amazon
I re-read a few pages from "Another" earlier today and am still stunned how exceptional, how brilliant it is - a little masterpiece.
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