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The Tiger in the House: 05/05/19

The Tiger in the House

The Tiger in the House by Carl Van Vechten is a collection of essays on the different ways the cat has infiltrated our lives. They are broken down into topics like arts, music, law, theater, and so forth.

My favorite part of the book is the first third which deals mostly with the author's own experiences as an owner of cats. He looks at the individual personalities of cats he has owned and the ones he has known through friends of his and goes from there. He also outlines the way famous people wrote about their cats.

It's not though a book that can be read quickly. The essays are complex and reference things and people that aren't part of the day to day discourse. As I had a library book, borrowed through interlibrary loan (and therefore not renewable) I didn't have enough time with it.

I would like to revisit this book in the future — but with a copy that I own and that I can linger over.

Three stars

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