My stories of our three cat families, and other cat encounters
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)
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.