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Avalon: a Heartwarming True Cat Story by [Morgan, Vanessa]
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  • Print Length: 134 pages
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  • Language: English
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This is an exercise in anthropomorphism, Vanessa truly loved her Avalon, and I was intrigued by the way she saw her own problems, her own anxieties mirrored in those of Avalon. I have a confession, I've known a many Turkish van in my time, and they are, universally, possessive and they often are aggressive to other cats as they seek to possess their chosen slave.
The saying, 'dogs have owners, cats have staff' in never truer than for the Van, but Vanessa seems to have been a more than willing and devoted slave. The thought of the author that Avalon behaved as he did because he had a hard early life, is highly unlikely, Turks are not inexpensive, and breeders and new owners care for them greatly. I don't breed turks, but I do breed another semi-longhair breed.
I felt very sorry for the two rescue cats that were attacked and terrorized by Avalon in his quest to rid himself of competition, I also felt a pang of sympathy for the person who lost him, it was a very brave thing for the author to admit that she did not return someone else's property. The delay between the cat being lost and the wanted posters going up may have been due to the cat travelling in a car or van, unknown to the driver, rather than the cat being uncared for. When you pay that much for a pet, they are seldom uncared for in my experience.
The cat issue aside, this book give a real insight into the owner's mind, how she gives up many things in her life because of her own feelings of inadequacy and her need to provide the love she feels he has always lacked. Her love for him becomes as important, or in some cases more so, that her human relationships.
Avalon was a typical Turkish Van cat, his owner's thoughts about him, were rather more out of the ordinary. Thank you for the peek into your world, from one mad cat lady author to another.
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This short work, Avalon by Vanessa Morgan, had me wondering whether or not it was fiction. After seeing that the short foreign films mentioned seem to exist, it sunk in that Avalon the cat did indeed exist. That being said, to me, although this work is framed as a story about a cat, it is really a memoir of a transformative period in the life of the author, Vanessa Morgan. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Inspirational, almost spiritual memoirs aren't my usual reading fare but I can see how this book could touch some, especially cat lovers. The author's childhood with an attention-loving mother and a praise-withholding father are discussed as a probable explanation for the establishment of a surreal bond with the Turkish Van cat. Parallels are made with the unknown childhood of the cat. Later, parallels are drawn between a grandparent's end of life and Avalon's.

Reviewing memoirs can be difficult as one must separate judgement of someone's life decisions from the writing. Indeed, it seems rude to pass judgement on details that require courage to share with the world. As the memoirist states: "Many argue that my relationship with Avalon was unhealthy, but it was actually the opposite." I'd recommend that each reader decide after reading this book.

Although this is a quick read, I stumbled over the writing for small mistakes that slipped through the proofreading (examples include loose instead of lose, principle instead of principal, flailing health instead of failing health).

To get a sense of the stakes in this story consider the following: "So I hid the missing cat announcement and never told Stephan about it. It was the biggest secret I had ever kept from him. It was the biggest secret I had kept from anyone.
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A love-starved, emotionally disturbed cat attaches himself to a love-starved, emotionally disturbed author, and through their relationship they find healing and fame.

Some people dismiss as silly and juvenile any stories about attachment to animals. Others have a greater grasp on the depths to which love between species can go. We hear of the dog who lingers over a master's grave. Some speak of animal guides. Medical literature recognizes the healing powers of a pet. Vets understand the tears a man may shed over the loss of his dog.

This memoir is tender and poignant. I found it easy to identify with the author's difficulties, and her adventures with Avalon reminded me of a cat I once shared a home with.

Explore the depths of love in a well-written biography.
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Avalon is the true story of author, Vanessa Morgan's relationship with her very special cat, Avalon. The two meet on the streets of Belgium. Avalon is a stray Turkish Van cat - just the kind Vanessa has always wanted. He follows her home. The bond that develops between the two can be likened to that of soul mates. They are two imperfect individuals with insecurities and a thirst for unconditional love. They find themselves and grow through this unique relationship which endures many trials and tribulations.

Avalon is a compelling story of love between two souls. It is told with honesty and a touch of humor. Those who love animals - especially cats - will enjoy this story. Just be sure to have a box of tissues. You'll need them.
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