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Jennie (Collins Modern Classics)

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The book is so chock full of this bizarre and frankly not a little creepy imagery involving cats, one of whom we know is actually a little boy. He retired from sports writing after selling a short story to a movie company in 1936 (probably "Wedding Present") and devoted himself to fiction writing thereafter. Many classical books contain such ideas that are problematic for modern readers, yet that doesn't mean they are not good books or books that shouldn't be read. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. It speaks to the loneliness, the piteous abuse and abandonment of the forgotten, and the sweetness of home, love, and family.

Peter Brown is a lonely rather privileged little boy – he has a Nanny and two successful, socialite parents who are too busy to give him much love and affection. In short, a boy who yearns for a pet cat, but is not permitted one, suffers an accident, and wakes up to find himself in a cat's body.

He tries to find a place to stay, but a big cat which regards that place as his territory bullies him, attacks him, and injures him. Inevitably, he awakens on board from his 25-minute coma to find the terrible and beautiful memories of the past forty years were caused by a special mental probe of sorts from an extinct people. I just finished it again last night, cried through long parts of it, and stayed up much too late to get to the end. Very quickly Jennie's role as Peter's teacher and protector shifts, until by the end she is completely reliant upon Peter and even goes as far as to say, "it's so good to have a male about who knows what to do. But Peter has a secret, he is really a human boy who forgot his road drill and after being hit by a coal lorry wakes up in the animal underground of London, as a cat.

Then he runs across the street without looking -- and I won't ruin the rest of this wonderful book for you. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Even if you do not like cats, you will probably enjoy this - if you do, then you will relish the details.Among the most valuable lessons of childhood are how to navigate our feelings and our relationships. Un classico affascinante, si legge come un giallo e un profondo romanzo, consigliato per tutte le età e specialmente per quelli che vogliono capire meglio come “pensano”ed agiscano gatti, e per tutti tifosi di una letteratura di alta qualità. If you have any discomfort in your emotional life or relationships with friends or family, "Jennie" will stir it up for you somewhere along the way. He is perhaps best remembered for his short story, The Snow Goose and for the novel The Poseidon Adventure, which was made into a very famous film adaptation in 1972.

And once I stop crying and hugging my kitten, and apologizing to him for the whole horrible world, I'm going to go find some chocolate. Those that deserve to be read and loved and cherished and sought after both when you're a kid and an adult, in any and every century. My elder sister kindly loaned it to me, and I can't adequately describe what a deep impression it made on my young mind. Of course, maybe I didn't read this book as a child because it does have some very dark, traumatic moments.Paul Gallico anthropomorphises them of course, but there's much in Peter and Jennie that you'll find in real cats. His dad (a Colonel) says he can have one, but his mum (who is always busy and away from the house every day, says he can’t. He has many exciting adventures with Jennie – including travelling, as the two stowaway and work passage on a Glasgow steamer. His sportswriting career took off when he asked to spar with Jack Dempsey (and wrote the account of how it felt to be knocked out by him!

In that novel, a young boy named Peter, much neglected by his busy parents, darts away from nanny in front of a carriage and is run over. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance. I recently purchased a second-hand edition of 'Jennie' by Paul Gallico for a cat-loving friend of mine who had not come across the book before. Jennie is a cat who now hates people, following her abandonment by the loving family who were everything to her. Paul Gallico's descriptions of cats and their lives is quite detailed and it looks like they were based on real observations.There were many such scenes throughout the book as Jennie takes care of Peter and teaches him how to be a cat, since it's obvious that without her Peter would have had a very short life as a cat. Gallico, a life long animal, and particularly cat-animal lover, absolutely takes the reader inside cat-dom. Of course it is completely classist, racist and includes many painfully bad caricatures, which might cause modern readers to cringe. In Franz Kafka's 'Metamorphosis', a man gets up in the morning and discovers that he has been transformed into a giant bug. I was sent scurrying to a re-read of this following a chance post by a fellow blogger about fictional books with a cat-focus Interesting Literature.

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