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The Good, the Bad and the Furry: Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat and Other Whiskery Friends

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Meet THE BEAR - a cat who carries the weight of the world on his furry shoulders, and whose wise, owl-like eyes seem to ask, Can you tell me why I am a cat, please?

Like many intellectuals, The Bear would prefer a life of quiet solitude with plenty of time to gaze forlornly into space and contemplate society's ills. Unfortunately he is destined to spend his days surrounded
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 10th 2013 by Sphere
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Feb 18, 2014 Donald rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, cats
If you follow my reviews, you'll know one of my pet hates, (boom boom), is covers that bear no resemblance to the contents, here, finally, and majestically, The Bear, Tom Cox's melancholy cat gets to be the cover star of this book. Well, he shares it with his feline siblings, but it's mostly about him. Tom fought for this, after his previous two cat books featured cute, but not in any way related to the books, kittens on the cover, as marketing ploys. Thankfully, his publishers agreed, and as ...more
Oct 22, 2014 Miguel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ainda que não tenha grandes vivências para citar se me indagarem, gosto de ler sobre gatos; assim conheço as suas virtudes, os seus atributos, as suas vicissitudes e as suas imperfeições fisiológicas e de carácter.
Idealizo e fantasio, um dia, levar uma vida tranquila partilhada com um gato; devaneio que, enquanto leio, ele vem, enroscando a sua cabeça sobre a espinha do livro, espreitar, importunar-me e distrair-me com os seus olhos leitosos e chorosos.

O Bom, O Mau e O Peludo é um livro de m
Kieran Kimberley
Nov 20, 2013 Kieran Kimberley rated it really liked it
It's a book about the adventures and misadventures of cat ownership. Yet... it has made me very happy over the passed few days. I felt a range of emotions, the kind of roller-coaster you'd want from any fictional novel, packed into to a rather amusing memoir. People I know have actively avoided me whilst I've been reading this book, because as I have come face to face with them I have only wanted to talk about it and have done nothing but recommend this book to everyone. This is a brilliant book ...more
Joanne Moyer
This is the first book of Tom Cox's that I've read, all of which are about life with his cats. This one focuses on The Bear, The World's Most Melancholy Cat, who I first met on his Facebook page My Cat Is Sad Because..... I found the writing very enjoyable, about a subject I obviously very much enjoy, and look forward to reading his other books
Jan 22, 2015 Natasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
This book has left me feeling the most wonderful things. Fun, witty, endearing, and poignant in capturing the essence of what it's like sharing a life with cats. I have grown fond of The Bear, Shipley, Ralph, and Roscoe, who are each distinctly brilliant, as well as equally entertaining non-feline characters like the garden hedgehogs, shoe-dwelling frogs, and the author's shouty dad (sidenote: WOFFAL). And like all memoirs about pets, the topics of death and the numbered days of an aging pet are ...more
Heino Colyn
Oct 01, 2015 Heino Colyn rated it it was amazing
I loved this just as much as Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man. After reading one of his books, Tom Cox feels like an old friend and The Bear like my spirit animal. I laughed. I nodded knowingly. I had a single tear and hugged my cat. It was nice hanging out with Tom and his cats again, and I can't wait to see them again.
Jul 13, 2014 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour, animals, hard-copy
Another great book by Tom Cox. Def worth buying even though I've read the last 2 books in this series (well listened to them via the library). I would recommend even if you havent read either of the previous books as any major event that would have occured in these is well integrated in to the prose but there is not too much repetition for those who have read them. It is easy to read, not too small font, lighthearted yet very well written and laugh out loud funny (again). There are also several ...more
Lynn Matheson
Jan 08, 2015 Lynn Matheson rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a lovely book. Tom Cox relates a series of anecdotes about his rural life in Norfolk with his cats including the adorable melancholy one with the saucer eyes, the Bear. Tom's Dad also provides humour.

The book is gently funny and often poignant. The writing is accessible. I read it over a couple of days. Not quite Gerald Durrell but entertaining. I feel I have a soul mate in The Bear who is available to follow on Twitter and Facebook as My Sad Cat. I would like to read more.
Elinor Hurst
Dec 28, 2013 Elinor Hurst rated it liked it
I love reading about Tom Cox's cats, as I have read his previous books about them and a number of his magazine articles. He writes very amusingly and charmingly about them, and conjures up pictures of a mostly happy, semi rural existence in Norfolk, England that is also intriguing to read about. The book consists mostly of vignettes rather than a sequential narrative, which makes it the sort of book you can easily dip into and read bits and pieces from at leisure. It also includes a number of ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it
This is a very pleasant read, if you are looking for something light and funny but still heartfelt. As I am a cat-owner I'm not sure if you have to be one or not to really 'get' the humour, but I do think that if this writer was tackling any other topic with as much familiarity and affection, it would be just as entertaining.

It muses on some of the big things, like mortality and family and trust, but it's never heavy-handed. Although, it is autobiographical, all the details of the author's life
May 22, 2015 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book I won it after trying for quite some time to win a copy.It was a first reads giveaway. I laughed at the fact that some of the cats were mistakenly named with names meant for the opposite gender such as Jacob the cat who was actually female. I have made that mistake before when I had a boy cat named Sheba the author captures perfectly what its like to live with a moody persnickety feline.I recommend this book to anyone who loves animals but especially cat lovers. the ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Stef rated it it was amazing
The Bear and I have a lot in common.

Also, I personify my animals like the author does. For instance, my cat Marley is a know-it-all even though he's hardly ever right, he says hurtful things but means well, he mispronounces words and then argues with you that he is right and you are wrong. He shops at Best Buy because he thinks that's where you get the best deals on electronics, though we've told him repeatedly that he might find better prices on Amazon.
Gabriella Campbell
Jun 07, 2015 Gabriella Campbell rated it it was amazing
Es posible que este libro no se merezca un cinco. Después de todo, no hay múltiples niveles de sentido ni se trata de manera magistral un fundamento de la existencia humana. El estilo es sencillo y correcto, no hay grandes citas que enmarcar y colgar de la pared.

Qué más da. No me había reído tanto desde los buenos tiempos de Terry Pratchett.

Aviso: Si no tienes ni has tenido gato nunca, este libro no es para ti.
Aug 01, 2014 phazleeanna rated it liked it
Bought this book out of love. Fell in love with @MYSADCAT on Twitter, and instantly became a stalker for a feline called The Bear.

I pretty much could relate to this book -- having a black cat is certainly different than owning cats of different hues.

Some people say they bring bad luck. Well I say they brought unconditional love and affection to the house.

And dead pests, of course.

Nonetheless, black cats rock.
Jan 10, 2015 Louise rated it really liked it
This was a really good entry in the series from Tom Cox. This edition also has the bonus of pictures of the cats throughout- not great quality, but they're all on the @mysadcat twitter in any case. At the beginning of the book, I was genuinely moved by Cox's writing about losing one of his oldest cats, and I enjoyed the way he wrote about his personal life.
Mackie Welch
Aug 13, 2015 Mackie Welch rated it really liked it
Really funny and not just about cats, which was surprising. I mean mostly about cats yes, but also about the author's finding his love of nature and all of the inhabitants that come with it. Great book to maybe not read straight through but to have on hand when you need a break. Love his descriptions of feline behavior.
Jul 18, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
You gotta love a guy who loves his cats so much and who writes so well, about them and about other subjects. This is a fun, witty read that is sure to please any cat-lover ("crazy" or not).
Anne Rasset
Nov 30, 2016 Anne Rasset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an absolute delight, and a must-read for anyone who lives with little furry cat friends. I found myself chuckling at parts, and nodding along thinking, "Yep, that's [insert cat] to a T," at others. And I admit I may have gotten a little teary, too. Plus, there are pictures!

The Bear (the title's "most melancholy cat") is a cat who can see into your soul. He's the wise old philosopher of the bunch, who can give the best hugs. Ralph likes to meow his own name at the top of his lungs ("Raa
Nov 17, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
I fell in love with, "The Bear," after my aunt referred me to Tom Cox's twittter and Facebook spots called, "My Sad Cat." (He also has one called, "My Smug Cat," featuring his cat Ralph.) It was inevitable then that I finally read one of his books. Anyone who loves cats will love this. That's a no brainer. I think it will also appeal to anyone with a good sense of humor and a love for all animals and humanity. It is mostly about his cats. Wise and deep thinking, "The Bear," smug Ralph, his ...more
John Bess
There were some funny moments and short snippets of stories and a bunch of droll. I've decided anybody could get a book written if they really wanted to. Not the worst book I've ever read though. Just kept going on and on. Definitely relatable to some things if you've ever owned a cat.
Dec 01, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, humor
This is a quiet but delightful read - a memoir of sorts, in which not much actually happens, but that's okay, it's entertaining anyway. It's like sitting down for a chat with a witty good friend who happens to spend quite a lot of time thinking about his cats. Very pleasant read.
It's a joy to find a cat lady who's actually a dude. Bust up those stereotypes! What a fun read, too.
Funny, sweet book about living with some cats with amazing personalities.
Oct 16, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing
OMG. This guy is hilarious! Picked up this book this weekend and read it straight through in one day. Anyone who has ever been owned by a cat will relate to this eccentric collection of tales about life with our feline overlords.
Little Pigo
Oct 03, 2015 Little Pigo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A prima vista quello di Tom Cox potrebbe sembrare solo l'ennesimo libro che ha per protagonista un gatto. In realtà la storia narrata offre molto di più. Ovviamente i felini ci sono (e hanno un posto preponderante) ma non sono loro il fulcro della narrazione. Al centro di tutto c'è Tom, che, all'età di trentacinque anni, si ritrova a dover ripartire da zero e ricostruire la sua vita pezzo per pezzo. Con poco denaro e senza più una moglie al suo fianco, trova
Mar 01, 2015 Olivia rated it really liked it
While I had seen posts from the twitter account @WHYMYCATISSAD (which features the cat on the cover of the book, with his wise owl eyes that seem to have infinities stretching within them), I was a bit skeptical going into this book. First of all, it was an "autobiographical"-genre novel, written by someone whom I had never heard of. Second of all, while his twitter posts are often cute and hilarious, I wasn't sure how this would carry over into an actual novel. That being said, I was pleasantly ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Sara rated it liked it
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Chance, my one year-old orange tabby, has decided to rest his 12-lb body on my left arm while I’m attempting to compose this review. He doesn’t seem to mind one bit, completely oblivious to the fact that he’s impeding my typing. Out of the four of us in my household, I’m his favorite, and I’m not even sure if that’s saying much. He’s obsessive, domineering, and can be quite pouty when he doesn’t get his way. For some strange reason, I’m total
Jul 10, 2015 Gerhard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015
The difficult thing writing about animals, and pets in particular, is anthropomorphism. I think Tom Cox solves this problem in writing about his cats as if they were distinct people. Take The Bear, for example, whose quizzical gaze graces the cover: his air of melancholy mysticism makes him resemble a sort of feline Yoda that one cannot help fall in love with.

All the cats here are lovingly evoked, as are the occasional humans like Cox’s elderly parents. The section where they acquire a new kitte
Alex Simons
Sep 16, 2016 Alex Simons rated it it was amazing
Tom Cox is a wonderful writer, especially about his fur family. I found him by following his funny tweets and am now a big fan. You really care about what happens to the two and four-legged characters in his books.
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