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Two centuries of literary homages to the fascinating feline: stories by writers of every stripeï¿½from P.G. Wodehouse to Doris Lessing, from Damon Runyon to Steven Millhauser.
The essential unknowableness of cats has inspired many flights of fancy: Italo Calvinoï¿½s secret city of cats in ï¿½The Garden of Stubborn Cats,ï¿½ the disappearing feline in Ursula K. Le Guinï¿½s mind-twisting ï¿½Schrï¿½dingerï¿½s Cat,ï¿½ the cartoon rodent and his cartoon nemesis in Steven Millhauserï¿½s ï¿½Cat ï¿½nï¿½ Mouse.ï¿½ Cats flaunt their superiority in Angela Carterï¿½s bawdy retelling of ï¿½Puss-in-Bootsï¿½ and in Stephen Vincent Benï¿½tï¿½s ï¿½The King of the Cats,ï¿½ in which two impossibly suave foreigners are revealed as even more exotic than they pretend to be. In ï¿½The Islandsï¿½ by Alice Adams and ï¿½I See You, Biancaï¿½ by Maeve Brennan we see how much cats can mean to their humans. And the inimitable Saki lets us hear what cats really think of us in ï¿½Tobermory,ï¿½ his tale of a tactless talking animal.
In these and other stories, this delightful book offers cat lovers a many- faceted tribute to the beguilingly mysterious objects of their affection.