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Dewey by Vicki Myron
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Oct 03, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: biography, non-fiction
Read in December, 2008

Apparently there is a Library Cat Society? Who knew...

It was a cute story, but not a very good book. The book is less about Dewey than the libarian that found him. It's a book about a small town in Iowa, the librarian's struggles with illness, an alcoholic husband, and a teenage daughter. The cat just doesn't seem to be the star of the show.

When Dewey is mentioned it's fawning and repetitive, with only occassional habits that seem to make him unique. I'm sure these are wonderful memories, and clearly Dewey was a special cat, but he doesn't translate well to paper. I guess I was hoping for more pictures, and more about what Dewey did in his life, but really he just hung out in the library and people wrote things about him. While this is sort of the point - Iowa and the midwest are humble - WE GET IT - and Dewey may well have had a significant impact on the little town that could, it doesn't make for much of a book.

Usually I get all wrapped up in pet books and cry at the end, but I didn't really care too much about Dewey. Not a tear shed. My lack of reaction tells me that this book just didn't matter much to me, and I blame that on the author, not the kitty.
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Lieran I'm reading this now and love it, but the text is large, the photos are /very/ poor quality. So far it is a woman's love affair with her cat, and I guess because I worked in a public library, it doesn't seem too out of the ordinary to me. On the other hand, I do have a large orange cat that likes everybody and everybody likes him, so Dewey does seem /extremely/ familiar. :)


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Diana I'm glad you didn't blame it on the kitty... :)

also:
"While this is sort of the point - Iowa and the midwest are humble - WE GET IT - and Dewey may well have had a significant impact on the little town that could, it doesn't make for much of a book."

Does that make me an elitist if I demand more than "jes' folks" from my books? :P

Love your reviews, Lani! Hugs!!



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