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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Writers and cats have long enjoyed a special affinity, unsurprisingly since both spend much time sitting around and judging people. Discover the Lion City through the eyes of its cats and their humans in From the Belly of the Cat, an anthology of fifteen feline tales by some of the city-state’s most exciting writers and notorious cat sympathisers.

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Paperback, 233 pages
Published November 2013 by Math Paper Press
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Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was in Cats Socrates in Bras Basah, and I couldn't leave without this book. A locally-produced anthology of 15 cat stories, "From the Belly of the Cat" is a delightful read for the Singaporean cat-lover.

My favourite short stories were "Maruchan" by Wena Poon, "Laundromat" by Amanda Lee Koe, "ROBOTZ ATTACKZ TEH CITEH" by Joshua Ip, "Waiting for William" by Paul Ruta, and "Other People's Cats" by Jon Gresham. I loved them for their brilliantly crafted plots, revealing dialogue and their ability
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Me-wow I loved this collection. Even though the character of one story HURTS HER CAT ON PURPOSE which I was certainly not prepared for, it still made me purr with delight.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
some interesting stories, a couple of really dull ones. A comfortable read for a rainy cold day.
but please don't kill cats in a cat anthology, cat lovers read these things you know
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
As with all the short story collections, I will rate them individually:
The cat auntie of Lengkok Bahru : 3
Maruchan : 2
The cat that disappeared : 2
Laundromat : 5
The god of cats : 2
Cat Sickness : 3
Robotz attack teh citeh : 5
Visiting : 3
Waiting for William : 3
Tiger baby : 1
George : 4
Other people's cats : 4
Feeding the cats : 4
The jump : 2
The fat cat, ate dad's hat : 3

And so the average turns out to be: 46 / 15 = 3
Chrysten Lofton
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5⭐ " If they had to pick one person to keep, it would not be her. It would never be her, this ill-fitting, elusive thing.”


If you’re following my reviews, thanks for rolling with me ♡

It’s the fifth season of Stitcher’s LeVar Burton Reads, and we’re gifted with “Tiger Baby” by J.Y. Yang.

This is such a cool story, because it evoked some history in me. Stuff I forgot or felt so natural, I haven’t noticed in years.

I can’t say that I’ve ever experienced any kind of heightened body
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Would have loved to see more variations in tone and scope between the stories selected here but other than that, this book was calming and imaginative and a great way to escape from real life for a couple hours!
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
my favourite pieces:
- laundromat / amanda lee koe
- robotz attackz teh citeh / joshua ip
- george / jemimah james wei
- other people's cats / jon gresham
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, heartfelt and bittersweet.
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Amira Amir
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the collection of short stories - a couple of good ones, the rest decent (wont say its boring which is pretty good). Also? Someone intentionally created a character that killed her cat on purpose. Are you trying to hurt us cat lovers?
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice collection of cat stories although in a small number of them, cats play too much of a peripheral role. 'Robotz Attackz Teh Citeh' by Joshua Ip is the stand-out pick; I couldn't fully suppress my laughter at the Starbucks where I was reading. ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice little collection of short stories involving cats (not to be confused with the movie). 5 stars for ROBOTZ ATTACK TEH CITEH and Waiting for William.
Lauti Sutedja
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Anthology of short stories related to cat, with Singapore as the background. Good book for a cat lover.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
From the Belly of the Cat is an interesting collection of short stories about cats set in Singapore.

The stories are varied, and they invite us to see our sunny island in different light and from different perspectives, with cats as the main focus.

I like how the stories serve as a form of prism to showcase the different shades of our Singaporean culture and way of living, through the lens of our cute and furry felines that are actually quite prevalent in certain housing estates.

As is recommended
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a mixed bag of delights - some were revealing stories that talked touched a lot on obsession and loneliness, others were just a plain ode to the wonder that is cats. Although, I must say that the gore/minor violence in some of the stories isn't for everyone, especially for cat lovers who wouldn't lay a finger on a cat.

My favourites, however for the sake of this review were:
Maruchan by Wena Poon, Laundromat by Amanda Lee Koe, The God of Cats by Dave Chua, Cat Sickness by Sabrina Huang,
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cat lovers
I came across this book at the Singapore Art Book Fair at the BooksActually booth. I was struggling between getting this book, "I will survive" or both (which wasn't that feasible due to budget issues), but I didn't regret reading it. The short stories were a mix of genres between the gore and the imaginative, and they were really written really well and for most parts, captured pretty much the relationship between human owners and cats, and also life in the perspective of the cat. Haven't enjoy ...more
Astrid Claudia
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a cat person, and a self-proclaimed reader, I gotta read this one the first time I knew my BFF read it. Some of the stories are heartwarming, some leaving me sad (because I always overthink about stray cats that I met), and some are, mad (in a good way).

Cat changes many lives, touches many hearts, fills the gap of emotional needs for many humans. I cried for my cats that had passed away. After I finished this book, I really really hope that the rainbow up in the sky, is big enough for all th
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this book 2 years ago after spending 1 year studying in Singapore. I wanted to complete my circle of Singapore experience and what would be a better way than reading a local literature. Though 2 years has passed since I read this book. I still remember how it made me feel-depressed. The stories main focus is on the loneliness and indifferent of Singaporean which is told through cat related stories. The problem with this book is that such is the only focus and it was emphasized too much th ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the Belly of the Cat contains stories relating to, with mention of, and about cats that may make you cringe in disgust, crave the comfort of a cat winding between your legs or let you step into the shoes (or paws) of cats and have a glimpse of how they think. It is indeed a wonderful collection of cat stories that will keep you entertained from beginning to the end.
Lim SK
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you stay in Singapore and is a cat lover, this is a must-read. The book contains different text genres written by people from all walks of life. Good alternative to watching cat videos online/
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Awesome collection of short stories chock-full of cats.
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Stephanie Ye is a writer from Singapore, based in London. Her work has been staged as a dance performance in New York City, translated into German for an art exhibition in Berlin, and used as an O-level examination text in Singapore. Her short story chapbook, The Billion Shop, was published in 2012, and she edited the fiction anthology From The Belly Of The Cat in 2013. A graduate of the MA in Cre ...more

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