I read this all in one day--interested especially because my husband was a cat hater, who had to promise to always let me keep a cat as a condition for my agreeing to marry him. The cat I had when we married sort of "tamed" him in much the same way that Spit did William Morris. Now, many, many years later, our current two cats love him so much he has to spend several minutes petting them every night before bed or they act disappointed.
The first two chapters are:
Always a Dog Man, and
How I Hated Cats
The author had other intriguing cats as well as Spit and came to realize how different cats can be from one another, even when blood relatives. There are many interesting observations and anecdotes in this book. It also made me cry a few times, but I was happy to find that Spit McGee was still alive at the end of it.
By the way, he was wrong about one thing: It is not white cats with one gold and one blue eye who are likely to be deaf, but white cats with two blue eyes often are.
The late Willie Morris' sequel to MY DOG SKIP. Morris is a cat hater from childhood and marries a cat lover. He learns to respect and love the wonderful white cat with one blue eye and one golden eye named after a chidhood friend, Spit McGee. Ever the writer, Morris does research on cats and "interviews" friends and cat lovers about cat behavior. 4.5 stars
I found it lightweight and devoid of content and interest except here and there throughout the text. the author appears to have ridden the wave of a more successful book which he refers to often. I was disappointed as I enjoy a wide range of books about animals in general or in particular. I did finish it, but probably wouldn't have if it hadn't been so short. His message is easy to condense. He didn't like cats, then he came, almost by accident and certainly because of a new love interest of his own, to like this one enormously, maybe because it seemed dog like.