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The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats
by Clea Simon (Goodreads Author)
What is it with women and cats? The Feline Mystique is the first serious examination of the intense relationship between woman and their cats and of the repercussions that bond can have on others. Richly researched and searchingly personal, The Feline Mystique uses history, science, art, and literature as touchpoints to explain and explore contemporary women's lives with t ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 4th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published August 13th 1957)
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I'm a "cat woman" and the theme of the book is interesting, of course, but I felt a bit disappointed, however. The book was unstructured - containing some history, myths, statistics and stories about cat owners and their cats, Simon's own cat Cyrus as the main theme - and it was hard to follow the plot. I loved to read about Cyrus most and had tears in my eyes reading about the end of it's life.
Loving a cat can make a great book - see Peter Gethers, The Cat Who Went to Paris, etc. But it's not enough. This is a non-book with a bit of mythology, a few statistics, several anecdotes, and a bunch of pop psychology. It would have made a decent magazine article. Maybe.
An interesting and unique book exploring the human-feline relationship, specifically focusing on the unique bonds that tend to form between cats and women. The book was well researched, exploring how human views of cats and the female have changed and have been entwined through history. Interviews with dozens of modern women and stories of the author's relationship with her own cat keep the book fresh, interesting, and emotionally centered. While some of the pop culture references feel a little ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Meg rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I was speaking to a friend about this the other day and we agreed that any book with the subtitle "On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats" is bound to end up being about the author and her cat. That's okay, because this book is lovely (and the author does cover many topics beyond her relationship with her cat). If you have a cat or have had one, this book will make you cry. I read a little bit each evening, with my two cats curled up on me, and I cried my way through the last few ch ...more
It seemed like a slow book in the beginning for me, but following the life of the author with her cat Cyrus was so heartwarming. I definitely loved reading about how cats and women have this deep, complex relationship. Such a good book to indulge myself with for a fun read.
Clea Simon is the author of the upcoming The Ninth Life, the first in the Blackie & Care mysteries. She also writes Dulcie Schwartz feline mysteries, the Pru Marlowe pet noir mysteries, and the Theda Krakow mysteries, as well as three nonfiction books, including The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats. The recipient of multiple honors, including the Cat Writers ...moreMore about Clea Simon...