Suggested Reading: Lost Cat

Caroline Paul, Wendy MacNaughton — Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology — Bloomsburt, 2013, 176 pp. ISBN 1608199770

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This is a story of Tibia the cat that suddenly vanishes for five weeks before coming back. In full health, shiny coat, happy. Then vanishes again. Quickly, Caroline Paul catlover, couchridden following a plane crash, worries about Tibby, wondering where he was and why he didn’t come back sooner. Then begins a detective story: will a GPS and a camera attached to the cat reveal its whereabouts?

The book isn’t about a somewhat banal event—a cat that does just what it wants—but about the anguish, treason, and desperation felt by a true cat lover. The story (that involves mystery, death, and a few crackpots) is told in a lively and quirky style, Caroline being always on the verge of breaking down, at times being hilarious (in a sad way, I suppose), all making it very hard to put the book down (I went through it in a little more than one hour!).

(I must say that originally, it was the GPS part that drew my attention (as I have forthcoming projects involving GPSes); not especially the cat part, but it turns out that, despite the title, the book as little to do with technology, and everything to do with the love of pets.)

Read more on the book’s website.

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