I loved this book and read the sequel too. They are really one book. One person referred to this as light reading. I would disagree in part. Certainly there are light parts, but there are also some very disturbing parts. For example, I could have done without the evil cats in the shuttered house telling a cat who got chased into it by a dog, but was rescued and freed by the human, about how they tormented and killed a luckless young tom who fell through the roof and broke his leg. I had to put the book down for several days. I therefore would not recommend this book as light reading about kittycats for children, or anyone who is quite sensitive and loves cats. Given that warning, you can always skip over that part (pp.83-86), and enjoy some fantastic writing and storytelling about the powers and adventures of a cat colony in Delhi. Obviously I enjoyed it on the whole or I wouldn't have gone on to read the sequel, The Hundred Names of Darkness. The author tells street cat life as it is, from violence to dearest companionship and caring. Nilanjana Roy is a highly original writer.
I love cats and I love reading about cats with their natural, varying attitudes and personalities. The Wildings had a nice set of personalities in the cats that made me care about what happened to them throughout the book. Even the choice of words for each cat seems catered to their distinct selves. I would definitely recommend this as a light, happy read. This book made me smile a lot.
A really good story, well wrought characters. She has a wonderful eye for the atmospheric details of place, so exotic to me, but it was like I was transported to Delhi among plants I've never seen and animals I've never heard. Glad to have found this.
A great story told from the perspective of cats living in India. Really makes you wonder what your pets are really doing!
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