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The Cat Who'll Live Forever : The Final Adventures of Norton, the Perfect Cat, and His Imperfect Human
The Cat Who'll Live Forever The Final Adventures of Norton the Perfect Cat and His Imperfect Human Author:Peter Gethers The final, poignant chapter in a trilogy of bestselling true stories about a floppy-eared Scottish Fold named Norton — — Peter Gethers was a confirmed cat hater until the day he received a six-week-old kitten as a gift. Walking the streets of New York with Norton tucked into his pocket, Gethers began forming an intense attachment to his ne... more »w pet. Before long Norton was flying with his owner on the Concorde to Europe, sipping milk in Parisian cafés, and eating custom-made pounce pizzas at Spago. Soon Gethers began to detail Norton’s adventures in print, and with The Cat Who Went to Paris and A Cat Abroad the duo made history as well as many, many friends around the world.
The Cat Who’ll Live Forever chronicles the latest in Norton’s astonishing adventures, celebrity encounters, and worldwide excursions, culminating in his heartwarming¯and heartbreaking¯final cross-country trip. The first half of this book will have you smiling and laughing as Norton changes the lives of the Italian owners of a thirteenth-century abbey in Sicily, attends movie premiers with Sir Anthony Hopkins in the chic Hamptons, and relaxes at the dog run in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park. But as Norton gets older his schedule slows down and he struggles with the aches and pains and physical inconveniences that go along with age, teaching his human the essentials of loving and caring and coping with illness. Ultimately Norton passes along to his owner the most valuable lessons of all¯how to deal with death and grief, how to live life on your own terms, and how to appreciate and savor the joyful times that come along while we’re here on earth.
The Cat Who’ll Live Forever is, on one level, a touching meditation on love and relationships and dealing with the pain of inevitable loss. Above all, it is a deeply moving and life-affirming tribute to a humble little animal who never let stardom go to his head and always understood the meaning of true friendship.
Marci S. (MarciNYC) reviewed The Cat Who'll Live Forever : The Final Adventures of Norton, the Perfect Cat, and His Imperfect Human on
Helpful Score: 6
I laughed, I cried - the final chapter in the 'Norton Trilogy' is a must-read for anyone who has read (or heard) about The Cat Who Went to Paris.
I cried a river while reading this book, but in the end, Gethers' sums it up nicely with these words: "...mostly what I remember about my cat is how much better my life is because he was in it."
Having lost MY beloved cat, who never traveled as wide and far as Norton did, but was nonetheless special to me, those words also ring true.
Thank you Peter Gethers for sharing the story of a remarkable cat named Norton. Those of us lucky enough to be owned by cats will recognise some of lessons Norton taught you as those taught to us by our cats.
If you're an animal lover, don't even think of reading this book without a box of tissues handy! Wonderful, sad... a moving testimony to the love the author had for his cat, and one many people can relate to.
Being a cat person, I was instantly drawn to this book when I randomly stumbled upon it at the library. During the first half of the story, I was wondering why I had bothered to start reading it. By the second half, I knew why. It is a very touching story about the life and loss of a best friend, who just happens to be a cat. I don't think I have cried more while reading a book.
The first half seemed more like a travel memoir. The author went into more detail about the places he went and the food he ate than about his relationship with Norton, his furry friend. I also disliked how Gethers would constantly drop names of the famous people he met or worked with. Maybe this made the story more interesting to some people, but I found it distracting and superfluous.
Some aspects of the relationship between Norton and Gethers were so similar to the bond between my first cat and myself, that it was difficult to see the pages through tears at some points in the story. This book made me remember things about my cat that had become clouded in my memory over the years.
Any cat lover should read this and the rest of the Norton trilogy.