100 Cats Who Changed Civilization

100catsAlmost anyone who knows me at all knows that I’m a cat person. I am not, however, the sort of cat person who collects cat paraphernalia or reads cutesy-poo books about cats. But, cutesy-poo or not, this little book just charmed the heck out of me. In it, author Sam Stall offers a collection of stories, usually one or two pages long, about real-life cats who made some kind of mark on history or culture.

This book includes stories of cats who went to sea, cats who appeared in paintings, cats who kept company with famous authors and political figures, and cats who became famous in their own right. Of course, not all the cats mentioned here made positive contributions. The first story in the book is about, the cat who single-handedly (paw-ed-ly?) brought about the extinction of the Stephens Island wren. There are narrow escapes (Precious, who survived the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center) and tragic ends (Mrs. Chippy, who was killed on Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctic).

For me, this book was just the thing for reading at the breakfast table. It’s nice, but not taxing; a pleasant start to the day, but easy to walk away from. I certainly wouldn’t put this book in the category of great literature, and it isn’t meant to be that, but it would make a nice little gift for a cat-loving friend.

With this book, I have completed the From the Stacks challenge. It is also my 21st book for the Countdown Challenge, which leaves me with 24 to go.

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5 Responses to 100 Cats Who Changed Civilization

  1. CB James says:

    I’m currently fostering my very first cat. While I guess I am a dog person after all, I must admit I do see the attraction now. I’ll miss little Bruno once he’s gone on to his permanent home.

  2. Teresa says:

    CB: I saw your photos of Bruno. He is a cutie, and it sounds like he’s quite a handful–as kittens always are. I enjoy visiting and playing with dogs, but their need to be social all the time would drive me crazy. My Sophie’s an unusually social cat, and that’s more than enough for me.

  3. Sarah says:

    Hey…when are you going to review a dog book?

  4. Simon says:

    This sounds brilliant! I love cats, and books… I can’t see how I wouldn’t love this book.

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