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Book Title: The Cat who Covered the World: The Adventures of Henrietta|
The author of the book: Christopher S. Wren
ISBN 13: 9780752848556
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 459 KB
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Date of issue: June 6th 2002
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Reader ratings: 3.7
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While I'm usually a dog person, Henrietta's story intrigued me as it provided a unique look at a family's frequent efforts to intercalate itself into various cultures of the world, as anyone could write about how the human members are treated, but few people have taken their pet cat with them to live on 4 continents over the course of the cat's 15 or so years of life and know first-hand the challenges and benefits that may be encountered. Wren is a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and thus is sent to cover newsworthy areas of the world, from Russia before the breakup of the USSR, to Egypt during Anwar Sadat's Presidency, to South Africa at the end of apartheid and Mandela's release from prison. Naturally, he wrote about all of these events for the newspaper, but during a slow news period, he filed a story about his experiences taking Henrietta on these overseas assignments and got more reader response than any other piece to that point.
If it was up to Wren, admittedly not a cat person, Henrietta never would have traveled the world, as he would have followed the precedent set by his fellow journalists and found her a new home with a colleague or friend before departing. However, he had two young children who had become attached to the cat, and he and his wife felt she would help them adjust to their new life in a foreign country. Therefore, Henrietta went everywhere with them; on plane trips, sometimes treated like royalty, other times like cargo; to hotels, including one that quarantined her in the basement yet her howls could be heard even outside; and especially to the family's new residences, which provided a variety of culinary options, from imported fish and caviar to rodents and giant cockroaches.
Overall an enjoyable book that educated me on the cultures of the countries where Wren and his family lived in the late 1970s through early 1990s, better than any boring history book that would discuss the main events but not really show what life was like for the citizens and especially foreigners there to witness them.
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