I ordered this book under the pretense of having more nice stories about cats to read, and I was extremely disappointed! Not just disappointed, but upon reading 'Chicago and the Cat', one of the stories inside the book, about a man who grew emotionally unstable and starved his cat to death (while all the while the cat remained devoted to it's owner until it died) because he thought it looked 'unhealthy'. I became deeply disturbed and cried for a long time, while cuddling my babies (3 cats) close for comfort.
I HIGHLY recommend staying far away from this book!
The Company of Cats is the perfect gift for anyone suffering from shredded sofa, hairball carpet, and eau de catbox potpourri. These stories are irresistible. Curl up and enjoy.Amy Tan
FROM BACK COVER: Anyone who has ever been in awe of, in love with, fascinated by, or frustrated with the fabulous feline will treasure this small, elegant, and illustrated volume of cat tales. Twenty writers, including Alice Adams, Roald Dahl, Amy Hempel, Doris Lessing, Phillip Lopate, and Bobbie Ann Mason, capture the endless charm of these proud and graceful creatures, while photographs by Tony Mendoza and an album of cartoons by Roz Chast provide visual delight. Every story expresses the unique relationship between humans and the cats who own them.
My personal comment is that the book is more about the actions, attitudes and relationships of the humans involved than about the cats themselves. One caution---Some of the human attitudes are downright distressing . . .