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Magnificat: An Animal Fantasy

4.86  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  6 reviews
IN BRIEF: Meet the Katt family: Claude (a big hearted marmalade tom cat), his lady cat Mao, Mao's mother Sylvia and Mao's two kittens, Pussywillow and Rupert. Despite the love in their little cottage, the battlers are finding it hard to make ends meet. When Claude loses his bar tending job and the bank won't grant more time to pay the mortgage, the cats must find a way to ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 20th 2013 by Old Tiger Books
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Yazmina-Michele de Gaye
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Dani is a friend. I went to the book launch, bought the eBook and only just finished reading it. I couldn't stop flicking the electronic pages, not until my iPad was a tad warm and or running out of battery power, not to mention, abandoning a couple of other books that I found boring in the middle. I'll get back to those later.
I am particularly interested in this tale (tail) as it is set in a region that I so luv and have lived in for more than 30 years, o
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This deceptively simple tale has depths to plumb if one is so inclined. It’s about living graciously in undeserved poverty; and, being a fairy tale, clinches credibility in the modesty of the pay-off that so delights the protagonists – no living happily ever after: just access to daily bread. It reflects the tone of the shire in which it is set (don’t be fooled by the animal costumes) while being resolutely not of that world. For example, the least sympathetic character in the book mouths off ab ...more
Astrid Seagal
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Magnificat is a beautifully crafted book peopled with lovingly drawn, eccentric characters that happen to be cats, dogs and native Australian wildlife. Dealing with universal themes of love, family and hope in the face of adversity, this imaginative novel sets out to blend the mundane with the fantastic and does so very well.

The Katt families charming, creative, simple world is threatened when Claude loses his job and the family are in danger of losing their home. The stresses caused by this fin
Alex Sar
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
MagnifiCat is a beautiful portrayal of life in a small town. It captures with wit and humour the ups and downs and chaos of family life in a way that brings to mind memories of childhood adventures (I easily identified with Rupert, their young son, that rascal!). The story telling is great and it didn’t take long to be captivated with the world that has been created here. I found myself empathising with the Katt’s struggle and their enterprising ways of making a bit of money to keep the family g ...more
Ralph Connors
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone raised on violent movies and video games would have a hard time with this book, but I really liked it. One of the things good writing does, I think, is to capture a time and a place, and this book nails the hippy mid-'80s in Australia perfectly. Loved the kindly narration and the gentle humour, a wonderful change from the usual vampires, blood, gore and sex that seems to abound in writing these days.
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Magnificat is a wonderful book for curious adults (especially if you love cats)! It tapped into my love for fantasy with talking animals, precarious situations, colorful characters, wonderful enchanted places, and undercurrents of reality. The familiar landmarks of Byron Shire and people of the shire pop up here and there making it fun to read, especially if you live in the shire. Danielle takes good care that the Katt family find peace at the end. Loved it!
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