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THE UNADULTERATED CAT Paperback – 1997

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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: ORION (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575601558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575601550
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,539,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

Sir Terry Pratchett died on 12th March 2015

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Far too many people these days have grown used to boring, mass-produced cats, which may bounce with health and nourishing vitamins but aren't a patch on the good old cats you used to get. Read the first page
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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Terry Pratchett is, as far as I’m concerned, the funniest writer to ever live, and while The Unadulterated Cat flies far afield of the mythical Discworld universe, it is simply hilarious. You don’t have to be a cat lover to enjoy it, but only the cat lover can appreciate the strong current of truth that runs throughout this wildly comical look at the world of our feline friends. The Campaign For Real Cats, Pratchett tells us, wants to celebrate the dwindling number of Real Cats in the world by helping people identify Real Cats among their modern, Unreal Cat compatriots. To this end, Pratchett goes about describing how to spot a Real Cat in any of its several variations, defines eleven types of cats such as your classic farm cat, boot-faced cat (as Real as they come), arch-villain’s cat (always Unreal), and cartoon cats. He offers useful tips on naming cats, describes common illnesses such as impatient feet, gives tips on feeding and disciplining cats, describes common cat games, indulges in the theory of the Schrodinger, time-traveling cat, looks at the cat in history, and offers other insightful, highly comical ideas and theories on cat-ness in general. All of these subjects are examined, of course, from the point of the view of the cat. By far the funniest and most insightful section is devoted to the games cats play; the book’s worth acquiring for this one section alone.
I should point out the fact that this is in no way a useful guide for current or potential cat-owners; this is rollicking comedy from first page to last. Given this point, there are still a number of astute observations that will make cat lovers smile and perhaps even guffaw, for the behaviors Pratchett expounds upon are quite familiar to those sharing their lives with feline friends.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Noverraz on 23 Jan. 2002
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After reading a spellbinding 2000+ pages fantasy trilogy I needed something light and funny. The Unadulterated Cat did the trick perfectly. This book is about what a Real cats should be, and also what they shouldn't be. About what they do, and eat, what to call them, etc.
No doubt you will enjoy this book, even if you don't have a cat (I don't). It's got good ole witty Pratchett style, with the habitual footnotes, and Gray Jolliffe's cartoons are terrific. It's read in no time and and will have you bursting out laughing incontrollably.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Morven Thomson on 6 Dec. 2002
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Forget all the other so-called experts! This is the only book that delivers the absolute truth about cats. I laughed out loud from start to finish and have recommeded it to all my cat owning pals. Heck I even chose one of my cat's names from it (Zut!).
All joking aside this is a very funny book, well observed and honestly delivered. Pratchett fans will enjoy it and cat owners will be able to indentify with at least 90% of the anecdotes within. Buy this book for the cat owner you know and put their mind at rest that the peculiar behaviour they witness on a daily basis is perfectly normal for a 'real cat'. The illustrations too are a treat.
I loved this book, it is well thumbed and I am proud to say that my 3 are 'reals cats'!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Nov. 1998
Format: Paperback
Pratchett is always entertaining, but the Pratchett view of cat ownership (if there is such a thing) is one of those books that makes you laugh no matter how many times you read it. This is someone who clearly has extensive experience of living with a cat, and who sees with the embittered eye of one who has lost too many steak dinners to a stealthy thief! From what makes a Real Cat, through suitable names, and the history of the feline, this is a priceless little book of inside knowledge and the Real Explanations...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By aliss on 20 April 2004
Format: Hardcover
I did, all of it. i have'nt laughed that much in ages. as a life-long cat adoptee i read so much that was so true i couldnt help myself. no one would sit my me and all the old ladies tutted but it was worth it. i bought it as a present for a friend, but she got it late as i had to read it again then show everyone else the best bits. reveals a hell of a lot about cats and completely dismisses the idea of a human "owning" one. a must read for all cat people.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 13 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a Pratchett fan and at one time thought the orangutang was the only animal that he was fascinated with. After reading this, it seems the cat also shares his interest. Its a funny book written with the usual Pratchett style and you will find yourself nodding most of the way through as you empathise with him. A must for cat lovers, good for everyone else.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 1999
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Although a small book, this has the highest number of laughs per page of any book I have read. At one point I had to put this book down because if I had carried on reading it I would have choked to death from laughing too much! If you have a cat you NEED this book...
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By OhMyPawsandWhiskers (whiterabbit11@hotmail.com) on 27 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
I was surprised to find a book of cat anecdotes from Terry Pratchett, but as far as the genre goes, 'The Unadulterated Cat' is far superior to its competitors. This doesn't mean a great deal though, as most 'Aren't cats cute?' books make even the hardened cat lover feel as though choking on a fur ball.
However, as usual, charmingly written and well observed - I can't imagine where he finds the time ...
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