Roger Caras' Treasury of Great Cat Stories

If you don't like cats, you probably won't like this book, or this review, so feel free to stop here.

Roger Caras, the author of many books on nature, wild and companion animals, and the environment, has selected an interesting variety of stories. Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale of horror, "The Black Cat", is included, as is Fritz Leiber's unparalleled look at how a kitten views the world, "Spacetime For Springers", and several excerpts from Paul Gallico's novel Jennie, about a boy turned into a cat and adopted by a stray. There is Dorothy Sayers' enigmatic "The Cyprian Cat", Joan Aiken's lovely fairy-tale "The Cat Who Lived In A Drainpipe", and Cordwainer Smith's "The Game of Rat And Dragon", where cats and men team up to defeat monstrous creatures lurking in deep space.

This is not to say that this book is a collection of unabashed paeans of praise for our feline friends. But people who write stories about cats tend to view them favourably more often than not, so that is the dominant tone. But stories like Pamela Sargent's "Out of Place"(what if everyone woke up one morning and could hear animals' thoughts?) and Saki's "Tobermory" are not sparing in their delineation of feline faults.

Everyone sees cats differently. This book will show you just how much.

%A Caras, Roger
%T Roger Caras' Treasury of Great Cat Stories
%I Truman Talley
%C New York
%D Copyright 1987
%G ISBN 0-525-24398-4
%P 495 pp.
%O Hardcover

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