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The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  22 reviews
This story blazes through Wyoming territory in the 1880s. We plunge into the lives of a fugitive U. S. Army officer planning a desperate train robbery. Characters include his diverse accomplices--a runaway white woman, and the lovely Indian girl, Cat Dancing, mother of the officer's children.
Paperback, 365 pages
Published April 28th 1979 by Dell Publishing (first published 1972)
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J.K. Grice
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
THE MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING has often been labeled as a western. It has also been trivialized as nothing more than a mere romance novel. While it is a story that is set in the old west, and while there are romantic elements along the way, it is a book that is so much more, and it really transcends being so easily categorized. Published in 1972, I think this book by Marilyn Durham was really ahead of it's time. CAT DANCING actually feels like a worthy predecessor to later works of historical fi ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
DNF'd @ page 64

A couple of weeks ago I saw a bit of an episode of The Carol Burnett Show featuring Burt Reynolds and they were talking about one of his upcoming movies called The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing. I had never heard of it before but it sounded like it could be pretty interesting. On the show they said it was based on a book and I decided to give both the book and the movie try. Now, my hold on the book came in at the library and I can now officially say that it's just not for me at all.
Susan Liston
Haven't read this in many years, but I loved it when I was a teen. I remember the characters so well I was surprised that I had forgotten so much of the plot. Which means they are well defined if they stick with you. Kind of gory and quite dark, I guess I was a bit more bloodthirsty then. Interesting to re-read books from one's youth, and see how what one finds interesting or bothersome changes with time.
Stephanie Kilbarger
I was walking in the library looking at random books, and this title caught my eye. I have never read a western before this, and I am glad I started with this book. It was highly entertaining, and there were a few twists that I was expecting. Definitely recommend this book
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Abandoned at 50%. It's just not for me.
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Lynn Pribus
Dec 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one years ago and something brought the title to mind. Really enjoyed it at the time.
Kathryn Ness
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great western romance! Excitement, passion and heartbreak. Quite a story.
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mannen som älskade cat dancing,
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great sad story, movie with i think burt reynolds? loved it, but ends sad
Linda  Branham Greenwell
It's a western - which I don't usually read - but truly a remarkable book
Jun 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
People who know me will understand why I added the book.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sort of expected this to suck and dragged my tail reading it for ages because of those low expectations, but... I killed the last half of it in one night. And enjoyed it. A bunch of stereotypes mashed together by some chick in the 1970s had no right to be as nuanced and decently composed as this ended up being. I just kind of assumed it was going to be some racist caricatures with traditional gender-roles and noble-savage crap going on.

And it seemed like it was that, for a while, but then it
The villainous Jay Grobart is haunted by guilt after murdering his own wife when he meets a woman named Catherine, who hails from the East. When he is on his way to rob a train, he decides to kidnap Catherine, and she is suddenly initiated into his life of crime. While they are both on the run, with Catherine’s husband and a railroad agent in hot pursuit, they fall in love. This unconventional comic Western was made into a 1973 film starring Burt Reynolds and Sarah Miles.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read back in the 70s. Also remember the movie version.
Sally Wolf
Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is a western were a man goes to jail for killing the men who hurt his wife. When he gets out he robs a train to get money to buy back his son. In the process he falls in love with the hostage. I think that this book had good points and bad. It had a tendency to drag in the where and when departments but the who the book was about carried it.
This hard back book was acquire from the McKay's free bin.
Eliza Beth
Dec 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
...It was pretty terrible...
Pamela Hale
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written cowboy book- good plot!
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story with lots of surprises at the end.
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Marilyn Durham, née Marilyn Wall, born September 8, 1930, is an American author of fiction. Her best-known novel is her first, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, which was made into a film of the same name.

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