Elegantly illustrated and attractively designed, a collection of brief, witty and insightful observations on cats and their idiosyncracies by an acclaimed writer makes a unique keepsake for feline fanciers. Lit Guild Feat Alt.
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De Laroche, a French journalist who has written several books on cats, explores the historical love-hate relationship between cats and humans. As he explains, the earliest known cat remains associated with human settlement date from 6700 B.C.E. in Jericho. The cat was very important to the early Egyptians, as evidenced in sacred texts, statuary, and the cult of Bastet. In medieval Europe, however, the feline was viewed as a disturbance to the established order of Christianity, and superstitions about cats as the cause of bad luck became widespread. The animals came back into favor through the side door of fairy tales; such stories as "Puss in Boots" (France) and "Dick Whittington" (England) changed people's attitude toward cats. The cat also began to appear in carvings in Roman Catholic sanctuaries. In Japan, the cat reigns in the form of "maneki neko," a statuette of a seated cat with one raised paw. Photographs of magnificent artwork featuring cats throughout the ages illustrate the straightforward text, but the true treat are the lovely photos of real cats. Michaels (The Men's Club, LJ 4/15/81) has produced a delightful celebration of the cat. His book, featuring about 100 koanlike meditations on the spiritual, physical, and metaphysical aspects of the cat, is illustrated with Frances Lerner's spare, delicate drawings. Some meditations, such as "A cat is not owned by anybody," are reflective. Others ("Dogs tend to look like their masters, but this is never true of a cat. A cat is a highly particular creature") are humorous. Cat lovers would enjoy both these titles. De Laroche's work?a visual pleasure?is reasonably priced but not an essential purchase. Michaels's unique collection would be appreciated in all libraries.?Eva Lautemann, DeKalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, Ga.
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Book Description Riverhead Trade, 1996. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111573225665
Book Description Riverhead Trade, 1996. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1573225665