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Kittens in the Sun Paperback – 1 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA); 1 edition (1 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811839052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811839051
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,407,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The finest pictures ever taken of cats. "The Atlantic Monthly" on "Cats in the Sun" Felines and sunshineis there a match more sublime in the universe? "Booklist"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Hans Silvester is a renowned photographer who has traveled the Greek islands over a period of three years in search of the endearing images contained in these pages. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
What cat lover could resist the title of this book? Brilliantly photographed, these little, bundles of fur are captured in colour by a master of animal photography. Playful, scruffy, contented, sleepy and battling moggies, it's all in here. Plus the advantage of a backdrop of pretty Greek villages and calm blue seas, I can almost feel myself there. If like me you like to draw cats, then this is also a wonderful book to see kittens in all sorts of poses.
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Format: Hardcover
As has already been said by myself and someone named Helen, on the author's other two books on the topic of cats, nothing could be further from the truth.

I was really shocked to see that someone could write a fantasy book about the cats in Greece after the terrible way they are treated by the majority of the population, who regard them as vermin. Has the author actually been to Greece I wonder?? Between end of October and end April, there is the "end of tourist season poisoning regime", carried out by hoteliers, various municipalities and ordinary citizens, which is supposedly to clean the streets up before the next lot of unsuspecting tourists arrive in May. It is the same for the dogs. Most Greeks do not believe in neutering! The animals that do survive by avoiding the poison, can expect a miserable life of starvation, illness etc. and ex pats and some Greeks who do love animals get their pets poisoned which is meant for the strays or done by vindictive neighbours. There was a silent protest held nationwide in Greece on Saturday 26th June 2010 outside the various council offices for the abused animals by Greeks and ex pats, but the poisoning carries on even though it is not the end of tourist season!! One only needs to Google Greek animal abuse or look on Youtube for confirmation.

It is absolutely shameful and the Government do nothing, so this is one tourist who will never be returning.
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HASH(0x9d95d1c8) out of 5 stars A Love for Cats 29 Nov. 1999
By Amy Green - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you love cats, you will love this book. This photo essay is a beautiful collection of kittens. Not only is it cute, but the photography is truly a work of art.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d95d21c) out of 5 stars If you love cats, these books are for you 11 Mar. 2000
By Michele Lloyd - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I recommend all of Hans Silvester's books of cat photography. You get lots of photos and relatively little text, so they are perfect for those of us who just want to look at interesting, artistic photos of cats. Plus you get a glimpse of life in the Greek islands, so you can pretend you are enriching your mind while you ooh and aah at the images of furry felines. And if you read the text, you actually will learn about the cats and the people who share the islands with them.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Read - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Picked it up in the bookstore & couldn't put it down! What great pictures, I rushed home & ordered it from Amazon! : )
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d95da20) out of 5 stars Moderately pleased in Colorado Springs 10 Sept. 2007
By COS book worm - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book arrived in very good condition despite being poorly packaged, and having been folded in half by the postman to fit in my mailbox. It barely made it to me by the end of the month. I'll beware of this dealer in the future.
32 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d95db04) out of 5 stars Animal lovers should know about the plight of these animals 21 April 2001
By Khandarohi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
All of Hans Silvester's photography books of cats, dogs & kittens in the Greek Cyclades Islands are lovely examples of fine photography. As a fine art photographer myself, I respect Mr. Silvester's level of skill and artistry, and I find his other books very beautiful.
However, when I first became aware of his book about the cats and dogs, I was thoroughly dismayed by his choice of subject matter and the way he has chosen to portray the lives of these creatures as idyllic and carefree.
Having been to these Greek islands, I have learned firsthand that the large majority of these poor animals are ignored, injured, or mistreated by people there-anything but "respected." The photographer has omitted portraits of the true conditions for most of the stray dogs and cats in Greece-crippled, starving, dying of thirst, hurt or maimed, with the humans around them barely taking notice.
The full horror of the story was revealed to me by locals on the islands. Each year, the cats & dogs are allowed to breed uncontrolled, because tourists are fond of seeing the cute animals around town and on the beaches. At the end of each tourist season, as many of them as possible are rounded up and killed (I couldn't bear to learn how), until the following year when the ones that survived begin the cycle all over again. I found this same story on all the islands I visited, including Mykonos, and I was so appalled that I shortened my stay and left Greece altogether.
The situation is a tragedy, and my feeling, as a photographer and animal lover, is that Mr. Silvester should not be misrepresenting the conditions of the cats and dogs on these Greek islands, especially when it is for monetary gain. I hope animal lovers around the world will agree, and send a message to anyone who profits in any way from the suffering of these dogs and cats in the sun.
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