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Cleo by Helen Brown
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Feb 24, 11

Recommended to John by: My cat-loving wife.
Read from January 28 to February 02, 2011, read count: 1

This is an overall delightful book with a couple of wrinkles. If you plan to read this book, know that Cleo the cat is certainly an important character but not really the main character. The main character is the author, Helen Brown, and I've got to give her credit for candor. Or perhaps I shouldn't say "credit" but rather "blame" for a little too much candor. The chapter titled "Openness" is, for my 70-year-old brain, a little too open. About 3 pages into that chapter I threw the book down and said to my wife something to the effect of "stupid book" and "why am I reading this?" and "don't give this book to Sharon (a cat-loving friend of ours) to read." She looked surprised and, after I explained the source of my irritation, suggested I just read on and see how things turned out. So I did, and it turned out OK. As her life story continued to unfold, I mellowed out and decided the "Openness" chapter wasn't sufficient to cast the whole book on the rubble heap, not by a long shot. The role of Cleo in Helen's family's life is lovingly and touchingly told and is a treasure to behold. I'm glad I read it.

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