Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review: A Cat Named Darwin By William Jordan


  • Title: A Cat Named Darwin: Embracing the Bond Between Man and Pet (also: How a Stray Cat Changed a Man into a Human Being)
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (November 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395986427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395986424


  • The book begins with this:

    I was born a Homo sapiens.
    Then I became a biologist.
    Then, I became a cat.

    You have no idea.
    Read on, friend.

    Now, if that doesn't pique your interest!  The book is delightfully written by William Jordan, as the story of man meeting a stray cat, and the addition of the feline to his Long Beach, California life.  The blend of science from a biologist's lexicon of knowledge, and the heartfelt emotions stirred by Darwin is a terrific read.  There is not a sappy moment anywhere in this book, and Darwin is no sweet snuggle-bunny, but a true street cat who knows when he's found his home.  Mr. Jordan writes honestly and ironically, having grown up with dogs only.  His conversion to a cat dude is witty, funny, and painfully truthful.  When does chemical reactions in the brain and body form into love and companionship?  Pick up a copy, and enjoy Darwin's travels with his human companion.

5 comments:

  1. This sounds a great book! Having kitty always change life to the better :-)

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  2. This book sounds great! Thanks for the review.

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  3. I will have to have my mom check to see if our local library has it!

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  4. Well, if Humans are evolving upwards, it stands to reason that eventually they'll all become cats, right?

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