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Subject: Book on TBR list
Date Posted: 4/17/2010 5:31 PM ET
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot:   If  you saw and enjoyed  the wonderful musical, Cats, you will love this book, which was first published in 1939.  We recently joined our granddaughter at a performance of Cats and I remembered that I wanted to read this one.  Let me share some of the wonderful phrases that found their way into musical.  "Jellicle Cats come out to-night  Jellicle Cats come one and all:  The Jellicle Moon is shining bright  - Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball. "  Or, "I have a Gumby Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;   Her coat is of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and leopard spots.   All day she sits upon the stair or on the steps or on the mat:  She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumby Cat."  And:  " You ought to know Mr. Mistoffelees!  The Original Conjuring Cat - (There can be no doubt about that).  Please listen to me and don't scoff.  All his Inventions are off his own bat."  This little book contains so much more from the pen of Mr. Eliot including:  The Naming of Cats, Growltiger's Last Stand, The Rum Tum Tugger, Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, Old Deuteroomy, The Pekes and the Pollicles, Macavity:  The Mystery  Cat, Gus:  The Theatre Cat, Bustopher Jones:  The Cat About  Town, Skimbleshanks:  The Railway Cat, The Ad-dressing of Cats, and Cat Morgan Introduces Himself.  I read and then left this joyful book with my 11-year-old granddaughter  who chuckled and sang the verses she had heard again and again in Cats.  And, I knew that this was one book that would never be reposted because she will wear it out reading it again and again - just as she has watched the video of Cats again and again.

Last Edited on: 5/30/10 10:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 4/17/2010 7:52 PM ET
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I've got The Jungle and Silas Marner to tackle.

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 3:43 PM ET
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot sounds like a refreshing choice!   I never think of classics as being fun, or maybe those that are tend to be buried under a plethora of serious material. 

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 5:32 PM ET
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T.S. Eliot's book is very brief, and I'll bet most of you can wedge it into your schedule. It is very nifty and worth the negligible amount of time needed to read it!

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Date Posted: 4/18/2010 5:51 PM ET
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Ooh, that looks like a good one - I'll have to check it out! :)

Tome - I read The Jungle in HS and loved, loved it!

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 8:59 PM ET
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I read East of Eden and it was a very good book.  I'm so glad I decided to read some classics.