The good, the bad, and the furry Life with the world's most melancholy cat

Tom Cox, 1975-

Book - 2015

"Meet The Bear--a cat who carries the weight of the world on his furry shoulders, and whose wise, owl-like eyes seem to ask, 'Can you tell me why I am a cat, please?' Like many intellectuals, The Bear would prefer a life of quiet solitude with plenty of time to gaze forlornly into space and contemplate society's ills. Unfortunately, he is destined to spend his days surrounded by felines of a significantly lower IQ" --

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Published
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press 2015.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
272 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250063243
1250063248
Main Author
Tom Cox, 1975- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The Bear, the melancholy cat of the book's subtitle (and whose mournful visage peers out from the book's cover), does not blithely let the universe revolve around him. According to author Cox (Under the Paw, 2008; Talk to the Tail, 2012), he examines each molecule of the world intently and anxiously. The Bear is the center of this laugh-out-loud memoir of the couple of years after Cox's breakup with his longtime partner and the start of a new relationship. The ongoing relationships are those he has with his cats; along with The Bear, we become friends with Ralph (who announces his name, preferably at 5 a.m.), Shipley (who only relaxes when turned upside down), and Roscoe (whose nemesis is her doppelgänger in the bedroom mirror). Add to the mix the author's father, whose extremely loud—and often screamingly funny—comments and opinions are always rendered in ALL CAPS, and Gemma, Cox's new love, who announced that she was more of a Dog Person than a Cat Person but declared when she met The Bear that she felt like he knew all of her secrets. These continuing stories of a man and his cats, with a dollop of humans thrown in, are worthy additions to the feline canon. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

British writer Cox, a monthly columnist for the Guardian's Life and Style section, invites readers into his daily life in his feline-filled home. Cox is the bemused owner of four cats. Shipley and Ralph, brothers by birth, are the most loquacious of the group, and Cox relates conversations he's had with both, often as the cats bolt in and out through the cat door following a confrontation with the local wildlife. The death of Janet, a big male cat who's none too wise, is depicted early in the book, and it leaves Cox feeling like he's "forgotten" something. The Bear is the quiet, contemplative one of the bunch who seems to look down his whiskered nose at the others as they bumble through their days. Cox's narration weaves around his emotional connections with his cats, his friends (and their cats), and his family. He also shares information about feline behavior, health issues, and new kitten ownership. Readers who are devoted cat owners will relate to Cox's insights and stories and will invariably connect with him on a level that others may not. Photos. Agent: Ed Wilson, Johnson & Alcock. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In a Sunday Times best-selling memoir, the author—at the mercy of his unpredictable, demanding and lovable cats—shares his many adventures with The Bear, who carries the weight of the world on his furry shoulders, Janet, Ralph and Shipley.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Meet The Bear--a cat who carries the weight of the world on his furry shoulders, and whose wise, owl-like eyes seem to ask, 'Can you tell me why I am a cat, please?' Like many intellectuals, The Bear would prefer a life of quiet solitude with plenty of time to gaze forlornly into space and contemplate society's ills. Unfortunately, he is destined to spend his days surrounded by felines of a significantly lower IQ" --

Review by Publisher Summary 3

At the mercy of his unpredictable, demanding, and lovable cats, the author shares his many adventures with Janet, Ralph, Shipley, and The Bear, who carries the weight of the world on his furry shoulders.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Humorous and endearing, The Good, the Bad and the Furry is a heartwarming memoir about a man at the mercy of his unpredictable, demanding and endlessly lovable cats. Meet The Bear—a cat who carries the weight of the world on his furry shoulders, and whose wise, owl-like eyes seem to ask, Can you tell me why I am a cat please? Like many intellectuals, The Bear would prefer a life of quiet solitude with plenty of time to gaze forlornly into space and contemplate society's ills. Unfortunately, he is destined to spend his days surrounded by felines of a significantly lower IQ. There is Janet, a large man cat who often accidentally sets fire to his tail by walking too close to lighted candles; Ralph, a preening tabby who enjoys meowing his own name at 5AM; and Shipley, Ralph's brother, who steals soup but is generally relaxed once you pick him up and turn him upside down. And then there's Tom Cox, writing with wit and charm about the unexpected adventures that go hand-in-hand with a life at the beck and call of four cats.