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Of Cats and Kings Paperback – 2 Jun 2003
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"A great travel book for quirkier tastes" -- Glamour, July 2002
"A light read but a revealing, enjoyable one - especially for cat-lovers" -- The Good Book Guide: June 2002
"She is a charming, quirky, often funny narrator of her own misadventures; time in her company passes delightfully." -- The big Issue, Monday, 15th April 2002
'It's a cat version of "The Beach". Elsewhere it's Bill Bryson with Whiskers' -- Wendy Holden, Daily Mail, 12th April 2002 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The history and politics of Burma was facinating without being too in-depth, I was interested in the "travel" aspect as my beloved late Granddad spent time in Burma & I will admit that I read this book for the cats but found myself drawn into the descriptions of Burmese life, Clare writes very well and the book is funny and warm as well as being very sad in places.
People who read this book expecting it to be a detailed travelogue will be disappointed, (like the reviewer below) but if that's what you expect it to be you are completely missing the point. Yes, you do learn about the countries Clare visits, but it's more importantly a young womans exploration of herself and why she is attached to cats above all other living things.
I loved it, and keep wishing I hadn't finished it so I could tuck myself away and read some more!!
Oh, yes and I called my kitten Claudius!!
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De Vries writes with pace and punch about the amazing places and sometimes bizarre people she encounters. It's an exhilarating read. One minute she's fighting off cockroaches and other local wildlife in a grubby hotel room, the next she's fighting off unwanted attention from fellow travellers. However, she also meets some brave locals who risk life and limb just by being seen talking to a foreigner. It is humbling to hear of the determination of these people in the face of the oppressive Burmese government.
While many of the stories she recalls are sad, de Vries' jaunty tone ensures that _Of Cats And Kings_ is never depressing. Rather, it is an honest, amusing and highly enjoyable piece of travel writing. What's more, it won't just appeal to cat lovers; all you need to enjoy this book is a sense of humour.