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The Cat Who Went to Paris (Norton the cat #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,202 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
"Norton is clearly a charmer, and Gethers tells his story with contagious affection....Will warm the heart of any confirmed cat-lover."
Before Peter Gethers met Norton, the publisher, screenwriter, and author was a confirmed cat-hater. Then everything changed. Peter opened his heart to the Scottish Fold kitten and their adventures to Paris, Fir
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 6th 1992 by Ballantine Books (first published 1991)
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Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cat lovers and cat haters alike
“The Cat Who Went to Paris” is the 1st book of a trilogy. I have read all 3 books, recently finishing the last one.

What can I say? I loved all 3 books, each in its own way. This trilogy is not only a story about a remarkable cat. It is more than that. It is a humorous memoir, which will make you laugh (and sometimes cry). It is also a very entertaining travelogue, telling about interesting places with great food and wine, places the average person rarely gets to visit and usually just dreams abo
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this out loud to Ms. Kitty Fantastico throughout her first night and early morning of motherhood. She cried if my voice stopped. Her dependence on me is not just food, but an emotional attachment. I am glad that goes both ways.

I love this book. It is very Ms. Kitty: past, present, and future. She will come to Paris.

Also, I appreciate that Norton did not die at the end. He may not be with us by now, but as far as the book goes, Norton will live forever.

I want to send this to Thom for Lu
This book is about the Scottish fold Norton and his owner Peter. At first Peter hated cats, but after getting Norton as a present, he can't help but turning his hate for cats into love. Norton and Peter travel from place to place together and Peter describes this in his book. So it is not all about what Norton does, but more about Peter and Norton's life together. The book full of heartwarming, funny and endearing moments that will certainly keep the reader riveted from page one to the very last ...more
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this book from my grandma so often when I was young that she eventually told me to just keep it. Looking back, it's funny that I connected so strongly with The Cat Who Went to Paris, considering I have nothing in common with the author, no experiences like he describes, and couldn't understand a good 85% of the pop culture references Gethers is extremely fond of making (because I wasn't even born for some of them). Yet I loved this book all the same, because of Norton. This cat who ha ...more
Astrid Natasastra
Feb 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
First of all, you don't have to be a cat lover to enjoy this book. In fact, it's more like a traveller's journey. I enjoy the author's journey to France, because he seems to live the kind of life that I would like to have.. take a hiatus from your hometown for months or even a year and live in foreign country.. of course you'll still be working.. because as a writer, you can practically live anywhere in the world, right? Also, he tells a lot about culinary (my #2 biggest passion in the world).. ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love all the Norton books but especially this first one. I was lucky enough to "meet" Norton at a local bookstore during one of the author's early tours. Norton was exceptionally calm and cute. Truly a cool cat. It's been twenty years since I read this book. I don't know how dated it is now, but my husband and I can still raise a smile just by saying, "lousy hunting today" or "I thought the predators got you". In the course of the story Gethers mentions a study of the feline mind that theorize ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, but I didn't feel it. My family had cats growing up, but it turns out that I didn't have hay fever year round but was mildly allergic, so I can only wish I had a cat now. Anyway, point is, I never knew a cat anything like Norton and can't imagine what he's really like... Gethers didn't really make him come alive for us, imo. Pictures would have helped. But I think I need to go to youtube soon and get my Maru fix.
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cat Lovers
Recommended to Bunny by: Mina
Shelves: read-in-10
My cat is very happy I read this book. Not because I read it aloud to her (she wouldn't sit still long enough for that), but because it made me pause and just grab and snuggle her. A lot.

Mind you, my cat is nowhere NEAR as cool as Norton, so mostly I just seethed with jealousy while reading.

What a wonderful book. Such a great book for any and all cat lovers, and maybe those who don't know that they love them yet.

I see that there's another Norton book, and from what I can tell, it's the story of
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Julie Kelly
Recommended to Vicki by: Dad
This was a wonderfully fun book about a man who takes his cat with him everywhere, including Paris. The stories are cute, funny and amazing. I wonder how much of the stories are creative license. Can a cat really be that well-behaved? Never-the-less, I found the stories very enjoyable and would recommend the book to any cat lover.
This is such a sweet, funny and heartwarming story. It is a wonderful tribute to a truly fascinating cat and it made me want to adopt a Scottish Fold. The story is a bit dated as it was published twenty years ago, but it brought back fond memories of my past. It made me a bit sad to think that this terrific feline must have passed on by now, but I'm very glad that I was able to learn a little of his story.

I found this book at the USO at Dulles and thought it was an appropriate book to read as I
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a cute book, I loved it!

I needed something light and quick to read this weekend, and this was just the ticket. I loved reading about how unique and lovable Norton is, and how he truly changed the author's life. I found myself smiling and giggling many times throughout the story, and I laughed especially hard when I read this passage about the Pounce treats:

"In between his morning and late-night snacks, Norton seems to spend an awful lot of time attempting to tunnel his way through my kitche
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's not great literature - but it is a great story. I've always loved this book - this is probably the third time I've read it. It's just so sweet! Grouchy man who hates cats proceeds to fall in love with a tiny little Scottish Fold, and travel everywhere he goes with him. (true story.) My favorite bit in the book is when this dynamic duo is flying to Paris and I quote "We were flying first class...and we were both treated in a first-class manner all the way down the line. When I got served cha ...more
May 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book. I LOOOOOOOOOOVED Norton... still do ;)
Made me want a cat but I know that not all cats are like Norton and so I abandoned that idea and stuck with dogs.

You don't have to love cats to enjoy this book. Peter Gethers has a great writing style that will keep you engaged. There are plenty of giggles and laughs in this book too and the travel stories are fun. I won't put this in the humor section at Borders but to me the book was quit entertaining.
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Alicia, Jake, Rachel and my other critter lovin' goodreads friends
I adored this book about Norton, the little Scottish Fold. So well written and charming.
Sharon Huether
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Norton is a special little cat with ears that fold forward. He is a Scottish Fold, with large green eyes and a firm short body.
The author received Norton as a gift from a girlfriend.
An unusual cat walking behind his owner, staying close and never running away.
He went everywhere his owner went, travel by air across the US and the best trip was to Paris in First Class. The Parisians loved him. In a resteruant they even brought him a chair so he could dine at the table.
A wonderful companion, sensin
Devin Nickerson
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Cat Who Went to Paris is an excellent memoir written by the great Peter Gethers. If you are an animal lover of any sorts you will be very fond of this book. Peter is a man who is set in his ways about what he wants in life. This all changes when he meets Norton. Peter hated cats until he saw his soon to be new best friend. Peter soon realizes that he can't continue the same routines day after day, and he pursues all his new dreams. He flies to different parts of the world, gets his own place ...more
Jul 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very short book that tells the story of Norton, the Scottish Fold kitten that Peter Gether's girlfriend Cindy bought for him - despite the fact that he 'hates cats'.

It takes Norton around 15 minutes to make Peter fall in love with him - their relationship lasts far longer than Peter's relationship with Cindy - and the reader falls for Norton immediately too.

Norton is no ordinary cat, he accompanies Peter on walks into town, he sits at the table whilst he is eating out - he travels in aeroplane
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The Cat Who Went to Paris" is a fantastic animal memoir. I loved it! Peter Gethers has a friendly and funny writing style, and some of his anecdotes had me laughing out loud to the point where I had to put the book down and enjoy a good giggle. Other than that, I didn't want to put this book down. This book is not your average animal memoir because it is well-paced, not repetitive, not overly sappy/meaningful, and Norton genuinely seems to be a special character of his own. A couple pages near ...more
Angie Boyter
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3+ A fun bit of entertainment with an unintended bonus of reminders what life used to be like in the 1990s---before terrorists made travel such a hassle and when people just seemed more laid back in general about things like having an animal with you in public.
On the other hand, I do feel the author, much as he ADORED Norton the cat, was irresponsible in some of the freedoms he gave him, like letting him out his hotel window in Paris to wander over the rooftops, and, even worse, going off to an
Stefanie Stokes
This book is adorable! I wish my cat was like Norton, he's so charismatic :D I didn't realise England was the only country with quarantine though or at least the only one with such strict rules (although I can imagine Australia would be pretty strict too, I dunno if it's something to do with being islands much smaller than everywhere else, I mean the UK is tiny XD).

Overall ignoring the rambling, would totally recommend this book :D
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author was a writer of screenplays and books, and never liked cats. When a girlfriend and his brother got together to get him a Scottish Fold cat (their ears are bent down), he fell in love instantly! But, his lifestyle involved a lot of travel. Right from when the little kitten, at 6 weeks old, came to live with him and flew across the country to do so, Peter brought Norton with him most of the time when he was travelling. Norton had no problems with it. He loved people and people loved him ...more
Ruth McFarlane
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WONDERFUL story - couldn't put it down. I'm also a mega cat lover ---- can't wait to dig into the next two Norton stories !
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zum Inhalt: Peter mag Hunde und hat auch schon genaue Vorstellungen davon, was für einen er haben möchte, wie dieser heißen soll und wie sich das Leben mit dem besten Freund des Menschen so gestalten soll. Katzen dagegen hasst er abgrundtief. Bis seine Freundin in plötzlich vor vollendete Tatsachen stellt: Er ist ab sofort Ziehvater, bester Freund und Mitbewohner von Norton, einem kleinen Scottish Fold-Kater. Der ist nicht nur durch seine exotische Rasse (diese zeichnet sich durch die eingerollt ...more
Phyllis Clem
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read! Very entertaining!
Phyllis Wright
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It only took me a few minutes to fall in love with Norton. Peter? Well, I have to think on him some more. He is the one that actually wrote the book and all.
Cindy Keiger
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My sister-in-law thought I would enjoy this book, and I surely did! I had no idea it was a true story, a memoir, actually. What a treat! You gotta love a man who takes time to choose just the right name for his cat, falls in love with said cat, and then has a passel of adventures with his little friend. He treated his cat more like a friend than a cat, and that led to his cat becoming more of a friend than a cat. (Does that make sense?) If you love cats, you're going to love this book.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was looking at my mom's bookshelf, this was one of the books that caught my attention. My mom has not read this yet, but, as I will to you, I recommend it.

On the back of my copy, it declares that this book is ideal for cat lovers and people who think they don't like cats alike.... Personally, I'm not sure how true this. As a cat lover myself, I have met many people like Gethers earlier on in the book: For him, no book or film could have changed his opinion on cats and based on the people I
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved getting to know Norton! The book was well written and humorous, and of course, Norton was the start. The author gets into details about his life as well, but he presents it mostly with Norton in mind (which women he dates does Norton like? How do his dates adapt to sleeping arrangements with Norton? he buys a house that Norton will like...etc.).

Norton is a charmer and I would have loved to have met him. I had to get past my yelling "no" at the author, when he did things like leave Norto
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-stories, logos
This has nothing to do with the delightful "Cat Who..." mysteries by Lillian jackson Braun. This is the feline equivalent to "Merle's Door" by Ted Kerasote, which I am also reading. Peter Gethers, an American publisher, screenwriter and author of television shows, films, newspaper and magazine articles, and novelist; the author of several books, was a self-confessed cat hater until he was given an adorable Scottish Fold kitten, whom he called Norton (after Ed Norton of *The Honeymooners*). It wa ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I kept waiting to get bored with this book, for it to lose my interest. Never happened. Maybe it was because the episodes were entertaining in and of themselves, or maybe it was the conversational style of the writer. Certainly not everyone (especial non-cat lovers, God forgive them the error of their ways) will like this book. The author's writing does assume a certain level of cultural and historical awareness. One or two of the references to people and places drew a blank for me. If reference ...more
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“Nancy took her tiny little baby and held him down toward Norton.
"Look Norton," she said, "This is a baby."
Norton looked up at Charlie, took him in, and sort of nodded as if assimilating the information.
There was a very long pause, and then I heard Nancy gulp.
"You've finally done it," she said to me.
"What?" I wanted to know.
"Most mothers would have said, 'Look, Charlie, this is a cat.'"
I started to laugh.
"Not with Norton," I said.”
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