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Lords of the Housetops is a carefully chosen collection of thirteen tales about the beloved, clever and charismatic cat. We see the cat through the eyes of thirteen authors, including such famous writers as Mark Twain, Booth Tarkington and Edgar Allen Poe.Carl Van Vechten assembled and edited this collection, along with translating de Balzac's offering from French to EngliLords of the Housetops is a carefully chosen collection of thirteen tales about the beloved, clever and charismatic cat. We see the cat through the eyes of thirteen authors, including such famous writers as Mark Twain, Booth Tarkington and Edgar Allen Poe.Carl Van Vechten assembled and edited this collection, along with translating de Balzac's offering from French to English.Here are the cat tales your will enjoy in this work: The Cat by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Zut by Guy Wetmore Carryl A Psychical Invasion by Algernon Blackwood The Afflictions of an English cat by Honore de Balzac Gipsy by Booth Tarkington The Blue Dryad by George Herbert Powell Dick Baker's Cat by Mark Twain The Black Cat by Edgar A. Poe Madame Jolicoeur's Cat by Thomas Allibone Janvier A Friendly Rat by William Henry Hudson Monty's Friend by William Livingston Alden The Queen's Cat by Peggy Bacon Calvin by Charles Dudley Warner This books makes a wonderful gift for any cat lovers that you know!...

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Lords of the Housetops: Thirteen Cat Tales Reviews

  • Mala
    2019-05-02 18:39

    Review of Lord of the Housetops by Carl Van VechtenShelf: Short stories,Buried Book Club.Recommended for: Cat lovers,duh!Short stories are reader-friendly,with that in mind,I picked it up as a delightful diversion. This collection of thirteen cat tales by various writers,provided a much-needed respite from some heavy-duty reading of late,also,reading it as my first book for the Buried Book Club,imbued it with a greater joy!Carl Van Vechten assembled,edited & also translated one story from original French to English. Each story shines a new light upon some hidden/new/fascinating aspect of feline nature– infact there's such variety here that it would be apt to steal Shakespeare's lines meant for Cleopatra:Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale / Her infinite variety.CVV writes in the Preface:Now the cat, independent, liberty-loving, graceful, strong, resourceful, dignified, and self-respecting, has a psychology essentially feline, which has few points of contact with human psychology. The cat does not rescue babies from drowning or say his prayers in real life; consequently any attempt to make him do so in fiction would be ridiculous. He has, to be sure, his own virtues. To me these are considerably greater than those of any other animal. But the fact remains that the satisfactory treatment of the cat in fiction requires not only a deep knowledge of but also a deep affection for the sphinx of the fire side. Even then the difficulties can only be met in part, for the novelist must devise a situation in which human and feline psychology can be merged.CVV therefore,paid particular attention to this aspect. There are some perennial favourites like Poe's The Black Cat*, Dick Baker's Cat by Mark Twain and Gipsy by Booth Tarkington.My personal favs turned out to be Zut by Guy Wetmore Carryl which examines a cat's tendency to change homes which brings to a boil the simmering hostilities between two neighbourhood establishments. How typical is the following image of the royal feline!Zut, a white angora cat of surpassing beauty and prodigious size...what with much eating and an inherent distaste for exercise, had attained her present proportions and her superb air of unconcern. It was from the latter that she derived her name, that which, in Parisian argot, at once means everything and nothing, but is chiefly taken to signify complete and magnificent indifference to all things mundane and material: and in the matter of indifference Zut was past-mistress. Even for Madame Caille herself, who fed her with the choicest morsels from her own plate, brushed her fine fur with excessive care, and addressed caressing remarks to her at minute intervals throughout the day, Zut manifested a lack of interest that amounted to contempt. As she basked in the warm sun.Another one was Balzac's The Afflictions of an English Cat– with its deliciously wicked satire of English respectability,it's is a tale not to be missed. Here are a few samples:Permit me to give you a lesson in gentility," she said. "Understand, Miss Beauty, that English Cats veil natural acts, which are opposed to the laws of English respectability...In the future when such a desire seizes you, look out of the window, give the impression that you desire to go for a walk, then run to a copse or to the gutter.What these men and old women call education is the custom of dissimulating natural manners, and when they have completely depraved us they say that we are well-bred....true Anglican religion which did not permit lying and cheating except in the government, foreign affairs, and the England we have another standard of morality. We are always respectable, even in our pleasures.In a collection like this,it's not always possible to sustain the same level of quality in all the selected material but here,barring A Psychical Invasion, by Algernon Blackwood,the longest & (to me) the most boring tale,the rest fared fairly well.It's rather pointless to describe the remaining stories as CVV has done that quite succinctly in the Preface,why not then read the book & give it the many reviews that it deserves? Kobo is giving it to readers as free ebook though there are printing errors in quite a few of the stories.Reading this collection has given me some insight into the secretive world of the cats. My husband who is a cat lover & is always telling me amusing stories from his past about his pet kittens & cats,wants to gift me a Persian cat. Next time,I might say yes!For advanced readers,I would recommend CVV's The Tiger in the House: A Cultural History of the Cat & that "sublime nonsense" from Mr.Eliot- Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. (Both of which I'm yet to read).* Don't confuse it with that 1934 Edgar G. Ulmer movie which only shares its name. But do watch it for the atmosphere & the superb soundtrack.

  • Dagny
    2019-04-27 15:52

    This is only for The Afflictions of an English Cat by Honoré de Balzac, translated by Carl Van Vechten. Described by the translator and editor as "a satire on British respectability," if this is a sample then the entire collection should be marvelous reading.

  • Rex Libris
    2019-04-26 22:46

    This book is thirteen short stories about cats. For as packed as it was with literary giants (Twain, Poe, Balzac), it was rather un-entertaining. The best piece was Poe's "The Black Cat." There were a few cat "biographies" that were mildly amusing, and a suspenseful Gothic story where the cat actually played only a very minor role, but beyond that there was very little to note.

  • Linda
    2019-05-14 17:41

    This collection of "Thirteen Cat Tales" was first published in 1921.As with any anthology, there will be some selections that appeal to each reader's taste, and some that won't. My favorites: "Zut", by Guy Wetmore Carryl, 1903; "Madame Jolicoeur's Cat", by Thomas Janvier, 1912; and "The Cat", by Mary Wilkins Freeman, 1901.My least favorite: "The Black Cat", by Edgar Allan Poe, date unknown. Not that I object to Poe in principle -- I do like some of his work -- but I draw the line at stories in which a human mutilates, tortures, and kills an innocent pet. Even if the cat's twin? ghost? doppelganger? does avenge itself in the end.

  • Janelle
    2019-05-25 19:50

    I'm very disappointed with this as I expected to really enjoy it. Unfortunately the main Librivox narrator read in a hurry, and another kept inserting weird pauses every second sentence. One of the narrators is excellent, but her first story had so much French in it, which she read with apparent fluency, that I couldn't understand it. I started on two other stories that had good narrators, but I quickly became disinterested and bored. Judging by the description, this should be a wonderful book. So perhaps it's one that should be read, rather than listened to.

  • J.
    2019-05-21 19:46

    A collection of thirteen fairly literary short stories (although one's closer to novella length), all about cats, and they're a mixed bag. Two of them I couldn't get into and skipped, but the rest were at least okay and one, "Gipsy," was rather good.

  • Shannon
    2019-05-15 21:53

    13 tales involving cats, mostly by people who actually know cats very well. Very enjoyable; sometimes heartwarming and sometimes creepy, this contains a couple of classics including one by Edgar Allen Poe. Bonus: free from Project Gutenberg!

  • Lupu Adrian
    2019-05-25 17:29

    3-4 povestioare chiar merită, restul sunt doar drăguțe