The World According to Bob

The World According to Bob

Book - 2013
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The incredible sequel to the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB - the moving and uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him, now a major motion picture.

'Since Bob has appeared, I've made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I was a homeless drug addict. I was lost to the world and had forgotten what was important in life. Now I've got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I'm still stepping unsteadily into the future. I still need help in the right direction. Bob is always there to offer guidance and friendship.'

James and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together. In the years since their story ended in the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB James, with Bob's help, has begun to find his way back to the real world.

Almost every day, Bob provides moments of intelligence, bravery and humour, at the same time opening his human friend's eyes to important truths about friendship, loyalty, trust - and the meaning of happiness.

In the continuing tale of their life together James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship, even life-threatening danger.

As they high five together for their crowds of admirers, James knows that the tricks he's taught Bob are nothing compared to the lessons he's learnt from his street-wise cat.

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2013.
ISBN: 9781444777550
Branch Call Number: 305.5692092 Bowen
Characteristics: viii, 286 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Williams, Dan illustrator.


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Aug 11, 2018

I purchased this book and am reading it a 3rd time. Very revealing of life in the streets and meeting the public of mixed characters and their behavior toward our heroes, the man-cat duo. James is exposed to the public when trying to earn a crust for his and his cat's daily survival, and this book tells us the various adventures they live through. This book shows us how a minority of unpleasant, dishonest and pushy persons can make our life more difficult. They push their views on others and they back-stab and attack others in various ways, but they defend their own interests and territories, while they invade others'. This very good and truthful book shows how stressful life is because of the unpleasant fellows out there. I am exposed to the public the same way as James in this book is, because I feed city critter animals, who are also pushed out on to the margin of the system and barely survive, in fact, almost starve. The public here in Vancouver is very similar to that of London, as James shows us. I am fed up with those few unpleasant persons who want to tell me what to do, invent instant false theories, and when I ask where they took those from, they say: "look it up." The latest attack I have to face is by an ignorant, all-meddling person, who pretends that coyotes are here because of me feeding raccoons with cookies. Wow, this person, whose vocabulary even lacks the word "animal" (she tells "insects" instead). Since the 25 years I live in this area of Mt. Pleasant, I see coyotes prowling daily before dawn on the sidewalks, and they are not looking for cookies, but for cats or rats, etc. - they are not vegetarians. But some Canadians are very liberal in inventing theories and lies to prop up their claims of imagined dangers. One such person told me that pigeons must not be fed in winter, because "they hibernate." Wow. OK, so, this book of James here is a very good, almost gripping account of adventures in the streets of London, where a mix of characters walk the pavement and help or hurt the most deprived there. Even the street people hurt and rob each other, and the only stable figure is Bob, this exceptional cat, who eventually wins the day for James as his best friend. Read this book, you will find it suspenseful and true. Bob even defended James one night from being robbed of his daily earnings in his rucksack from behind in a dark street. Thumbs up, very good book. I wish the James-Bob duo success and happiness.

Apr 06, 2018

This comment by X-Y_Zed here is totally irrelevant, because it is about an 80 years old human love story. Nothing to do with James and Bob in the streets of London. But the book written by James we talk about here is a very good one, which shows what real street life is like in the city of London today. And, thanks to Bob, the two persons, Man and Cat find each other in loving friendship and the two together succeed, thanks to those few good people who walk there too daily in the street. This James Bowen book is worth to read for all those people with a human soul and it's eye opening for the general public. Society shuns those who have fallen out from the System and the way back is almost impossible. The present book shows the miracle an extraordinary cat could bring into the life of a man who lost his way, and the cat gives him social attention and a new purpose in life and his cat friend shows James the way back to Society.

Apr 06, 2018

This is a 1936 American film directed by Archie Mayo, adapted from Robert E. Sherwood's stage play of the same name.
Alan Squier---once a respected British writer, now a disillusioned, penniless drifter---wanders into a roadside diner in the remote town of Black Mesa, Arizona.
The diner is run by Jason Maple, his daughter Gabrielle, and Jason's father.
Gabrielle's mother, a French war bride who fell in love with Jason when he was a young, handsome American serviceman, left her dull defeated husband and moved back to France when Gabrielle was a baby.
She now sends poetry to Gabrielle, who dreams of moving to Bourges, where her parents first met, to become an artist.
Alan wrote one novel, and then lived in France for eight years with a wife he stole from his publisher.
Gabrielle is instantly smitten with him.
Boze Hertzlinger, a former football player who works at the diner and has wooed Gabrielle in vain, grows jealous of Alan, who decides to leave forthwith.
He mooches a ride from wealthy tourists Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm.
After only a few minutes on the road, however, they encounter Duke Mantee, a notorious gangster fleeing a massive police pursuit.
Duke and his gang seize the Chisholms' car and drive to the diner, where Duke has arranged to rendezvous with his girlfriend, Doris.
Alan, the Chisholms, and their chauffeur soon make their way back to the diner as well.
Indifferent to the hostage situation, Alan engages Duke in lively conversation and toasts him as the last great apostle of rugged individualism.
Duke learns that Doris has been captured, and has revealed their intended rendezvous location.
As police converge on the diner, Duke prepares to flee, announcing that he will take Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm with him.
Inspired by Boze's act of courage, Alan has an inspiration.
While Gabrielle is in the back room bandaging Boze's hand, he produces a life insurance policy from his bag and amends it, making Gabrielle the beneficiary.
Then he asks Duke to kill him so that Gabrielle can use the insurance money to realize her dream of moving to France.
Duke obliges, then leaves with his human shields.
Alan dies in Gabrielle's arms.
Alan's inspiration seems to me an absolutely foolish act.
So does the whole movie.

Mar 26, 2018

This is the best, most detailed, action packed version of the story of the Bob-James duo, "the two musketeers" as James calls it. This book is so good, engaging, that I purchased it from Chapers-Indigo and am re-reading it. Thumbs up.

Mar 20, 2018

An enjoyable large-print book with interesting street adventures of the Bob-James duo. Thumbs up. This is the most interesting one of the book series of the street fighter hero team.

Mar 20, 2018

This book is the best, most action packed of the Bob series, I enjoyed reading it. Bob is a unique, street-wise character. This large print version is very readable. I especially enjoyed the suspenseful episodes of the lady who tried to rob Bob away from James, and the case when Bob protected James from a night-time robber. Very good book about the adventures and dangers of street life in the city.

A fair and good follow-up to A Street Cat Named Bob. Their remarkable story together continues. Quite the inspiring story. This sequel and the first book formed the basis for the movie.

Sep 09, 2017

Interesting at many levels, the human animal bond, street life and the good and bad in human behaviour, struggles with addiction. An easy read, a real pleasure.

Jul 03, 2016

Writing style is pretty bad in my opinion, but the story is engaging.

Oct 10, 2015

Bob the cat has given his human companion James a totally new lease on life, appreciation for the power of love, and an increased interest in how he can reach out to others, with Bob as the inspiration. James has come such a long way in his journey, since the first book he wrote about his life with Bob, and it was a joy to read about how so many others have come to know and love his cat Bob

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