A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History

A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History

A Cat's Tale is a history of feline kind: its origins, the evolution of the relationship with their human companions, and the surprising ways in which feline history parallels that of humanity. From the prehistoric Felis (a large mammal from which all domestic cats have descended) to ancient Egyptian cat goddess, key cats of the Enlightenment to swashbuckling pirate feline A Cat's Tale is a history of feline kind: its origins, the evolution of the relationship with their human companions...

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Title:A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History
Author:Paul Koudounaris
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History Reviews

  • Kim
    Jan 05, 2021
    As a cat lover, I was instantly drawn to the cover of this charming book, and there are many more charming photos throughout (seriously, that is one photogenic feline, and the costumes and expressions the author was able to get her to pose in are are nothing less than remarkable) along...
  • Sue Em
    May 12, 2020
    Written in the voice of Baba the Cat, this book covers the history of the world as it relates to felines. And as we all know, according to any cat, the whole world always revolves around them. The history is solid with some new facts that I was not aware of before from prehistory throu...
  • Linda
    Dec 18, 2020
    There's a lot to unpack here, so settle back. My reading is done almost exclusively through audio books, and occasionally there comes along a book that is much more suited to a physical text. This is such a book. Not only did I miss the photographs of Baba in costume, I endur...
  • Jacob Sanchez
    Feb 07, 2021
    Great history of cats throughout the ages. I didn't know they had rough centuries due mainly to religion. Lots of individual heroics and stories of cats working in different fields and in different countries. Makes me appreciate our own kitties a little more. They're so lucky...
  • Courts
    Jan 21, 2021
    A really fun and well-researched book on the history of cats. The America stuff at the end was a little too Uncle Sam propaganda for me and it detracted from the overall vibe of the narrative. ...
  • Victoria
    Dec 21, 2020
    This is definitely a quirky book. You'll either love it or hate. I had no idea humans were historically cruel to cats. After listening to it on audio I bought my cat some catnip and gave her extra belly rubs. This is definitely a quirky book. You'll either love it or hate. I ha...
  • Megan
    Jan 08, 2021
    I generally knew I was going to love it (with Baba's pictures and Paul's words, how could I not?) but I learned SO MUCH. This is the escape book we need right now. I generally knew I was going to love it (with Baba's pictures and Paul's words, how could I not?) but I learn...
  • Helliondeadwoman
    Sep 02, 2020
    This was a fantastically fun and insightful read. I've always been a big BIG fan of cats, so I jumped at the opportunity to read a book about cats, with a cat as a credited author. There's lots of fantastic information here as well as lots of beautiful and adorable photos spr...
  • Jen
    Nov 28, 2020
    My thanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt & Company for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. This book, while cute in spots, was just not for me. The difficulty with non-fiction books for me is that they end up making me hate humanity by highlighting what horrible things hu...
  • Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
    Oct 27, 2020
    ?In fact, archeological evidence offers hints that felines have been your companions for as long if not longer than canines --or to put it this way, the partnership between cats and humans is older than currency, older than man?s use of metals, and older even that written langua...
  • Kit
    Dec 30, 2020
    5 Stars Should this be five stars? Eh, probably not. There are a fair few flaws (extremely western, calls America/the American West "empty") but still? I loved it. Now, it seems like a cute, silly little gift book, and it mostly is (I love Baba's outfits). But ther...
  • Carol Custer
    Nov 09, 2020
    Everything you've ever wanted to know about the history of cats!! This is a comprehensive look told in a unique way that makes for an enjoyable read. I wish it had been available for Kindle (I find reading on Kindle easier) but I was glad to see the wonderful cat pictures that had...
  • Carrie
    Jan 06, 2021
    The best word I can think of to describe this book is "cute". Having a feline narrator is (obviously) a bit contrived, but it fits with the light-hearted feel of the book. The highlights are the photos of Baba in costume. As someone who lives with a feline who wouldn'...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Jun 30, 2020
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As soon as I saw A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History, I knew I had to give it a try. I mean, just look at that cute kitty on the cover. I enjoyed this fun and funny history of cats. I couldn't re...
  • Brandon Westlake
    Sep 27, 2020
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book should be longer. I obviously read this book for the unique history of cats, told by a (very distinguished apparently) feline. The writing is fun. I don't know if it will absorb you into it on an evening on the couch, but it d...
  • AltLovesBooks
    Sep 13, 2020
    "You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." This was a fun book to read! The format was more of a coffee table book, with easy to read chapters interspersed often with images, relevant newspaper clippings, and photos of the author's c...
  • Darla
    Jan 13, 2021
    The photos of Baba are amazing. So many different costumes -- including wigs and jewelry. The anticipation of looking at all those photos made me check out this book. It did not disappoint. The text of the book was interesting, but a bit too wordy for my taste. I did appreciate the com...
  • Katie
    Oct 11, 2020
    A must read for all cat lovers. Beginning in Egypt and ending in the US, this book chronicles the lives of many famous cats as well as the reasons they are both beloved and misunderstood. Interspersed with styled pictures of our narrator, Baba the Cat, we learn about how cats were w...
  • Leah
    Nov 12, 2020
    Wow, Baba the Cat has quite a tale to tell in this one. Baba traces diligently through the records of cats in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, across Asia and into Europe, over the seas and into the air, and finally through American history as well. All throughout, Baba takes the time to...
  • Tanya
    Jan 06, 2021
    I would?ve picked this up for the cover alone, but at a second glance it turned out that I was actually already familiar with Baba?s human, Paul Koudounaris, because he?s a member of the Order of the Good Death. I guess we not only share a love for macabre art, but also for felin...
  • Jordan
    Sep 29, 2020
    This was such a fun book to read! I loved the style and that the book is told from the perspective of Baba. Incredibly informative and full of fun pictures. This coffee table style book would make a great gift for any cat lover. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review* ...
  • Ellen Gail
    May 08, 2020
    100% adding this because of the cover. Baba the Cat is glorious. ...
  • Helen Sanders
    Jan 11, 2021
    I thought this book would be light reading because it is told from the cat's point of view. It, but it is not. I learned so much about the entire history of cats, beginning far before the Egyptian fascination with them. How they relocated to points around the world. Famous and not...
  • Jonathan
    Dec 11, 2020
    A cute and often poignant history of our relationship with the domestic cat, written from one's perspective. Interesting stories are interspersed with historical images and documents, as well as adorable model shots from our narrator. A cute and often poignant history of our re...
  • Katie
    Jan 23, 2021
    A wonderful journey through time! If you like cats, history, and cats in history, then I highly recommend picking up this book yesterday. This tale of tales is told by Baba, the author?s cat, who reminds us of how wonderful cats have been as companions to humans throughout histor...
  • Jennifer
    Oct 05, 2020
    I really enjoyed reading this book Gave a really good history on cats And where they came from and how they ended up being Pets . Really made me think more Ion how things happen .Would definitely recommend this book for anybody who loves cats ...
  • Rebeca F.
    Dec 27, 2020
    This is such a charming little book, perfect to close this dark 2020 with a touch of wit and sweetness. Before getting into the text, I must own I follow Koudounaris on Instagram since ages ago and love Baba and her awesome shots and attitude, therefor I was looking forward to this boo...
  • Mystic Miraflores
    Jan 01, 2021
    I thought this book hit all of my buttons: 1) I am a cat owner-lover; 2) I majored in history in college, so enjoy well-researched history books; and 3) I am a seamstress and quilter, who enjoys working with textiles. I thought Baba and Dr. Paul did excellent research on this book, and...
  • Tilen Markelj
    Jan 31, 2021
    A Cat's Tale is, as the phunny tittle quite obviously suggests, a short and sweet journey through the annals of feline history. Though quite enjoyable, the writing can get quite dry and meandering. Non the less, a fun read I would recommend to all cat lovers and enthusiasts! A ...
  • Shannon | readwithhugo
    Nov 17, 2020
    A huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this wonderful book. Humans tend to think that we?re at the top of the food chain, ya know? We built a couple societies and now we think that we?re the most powerful beings on the planet. Well, we?re wrong. Thankfully, Ba...