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The Cat Who Came for Christmas

First published in paperback by Penguin in 1988, The Cat Who Came for Christmas captured the #1 position on the New York Times bestseller list that year for twelve weeks, and, since its hardcover publication, has leaped onto the list an extraordinary five times.Written by Cleveland Amory, self-confessed curmudgeon and dog owner, The Cat Who Came for Christmas is the enchan
Judy

Dec 06, 2012

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Recommends it for:
cat-lovers
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found it in the library’s Christmas reads

Although the book is obviously “packaged” as a Christmas read, the only Christmassy aspect is the Christmas Eve rescue. However, the feel-goodness contributed to the Christmas cheer.
For me, this was a strange book. I normally gag over books that promote the author’s causes, but Amory does a wonderful job of focusing on his cat, not himself and only slipping in his causes where they actually pertain to the story. Unlike other pet memoirs I’ve read he doesn’t grouse about his divorce, pat himself

Another strange aspect of this book is that Polar Bear isn’t an exceptional cat by Amory’s own admission. He doesn’t retrieve like one of my cats, or come when called like all my cats, or do anything that could really be bragged about! 🙂 But he’s not boring thanks to Amory’s wit and ability to write about Polar Bear’s hijinks in an entertaining way. He even knows how to drop names in a non-repulsive way, ie…Doris Day, Cary Grant. Add to that the fact that he keeps the book short, knowing his audience’s attention span for a talentless (but sweet, wonderful) kitty.

This isn’t a book that I would re-read, hence no 5-star rating, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first reading and recommend it to other cat-lovers for an entertaining read as well as a blast from the past.

4.0 star-spangled kitties
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Kaethe

January 1, 1988

Was there any question that I would have a copy of a book about a grumpy guy who gets a cat for Christmas? Or that I would like it? If I had my druthers all grumpy people would be given a new pet. As would all non-grumpy people.

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December 27, 2014

For the record, I should point out that Amory is a sweetheart, despite his self-description as a curmudgeon, who has devoted a tremendous amount of his time and energy to The Fund for Animals. I actually liked the bits about The Fund eve

Was there any question that I would have a copy of a book about a grumpy guy who gets a cat for Christmas? Or that I would like it? If I had my druthers all grumpy people would be given a new pet. As would all non-grumpy people.

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December 27, 2014

For the record, I should point out that Amory is a sweetheart, despite his self-description as a curmudgeon, who has devoted a tremendous amount of his time and energy to The Fund for Animals. I actually liked the bits about The Fund even more than the history of cats or the personal anecdotes. (The anecdotes reveal him to be a bit Andy Rooneyish in his grumbles).

Personal, signed copy.
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