I’m more of a dog person than a cat person, but I do love all animals nonetheless. This book is out of my usual read, but it rang very resonating and I’ve had my eye on this author. After seeing that it was a gold metal finalist in it’s category in the Readers Favorite international book awards, I couldn’t pass it up. It’s been downloaded on my kindle for quite some time now, and last night I was finally able to pick it up. I read it all in one sitting, I cried and cried.
Bernard spent 15 years loving this animal, so it’s no wonder that the last three days of the pets life was such an emotional time. What I love most about this book is the writing. It’s beautifully poetic, and every sentence just reads so smooth and impactful. I’ve lost a few pets, but none with such a long lifespan. This poor kitty was in rough shape, and the last three days of it’s life was spent being cared for through the pains of everything that age can and did present. I would have liked a little more reflection on memories of it’s best years. I’ve never read a memoir quite like this one, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is currently or recently experiencing loosing a loved pet. Greif is a tough thing to endure, so to find a book to relate to could most certainly help.
What done it for me, as I said before, is the writing in general. Bernard has quite the talent. His way with words is authentic and absolutely inspiring. 4 stars for me.
One story. Two endings. Genuine and fictional. Which ending is yours?
What do you say to someone who is dying? And what do you say when that someone can’t understand a word you are saying? How do you comfort each other throughout… and beyond?
My love, if you go away in a few days, the world will lose its colors and darken like the land of Mordor. If you go away and leave me to wander aimlessly, alone in this sea become wild, like a ship with a broken rudder and drowned sailors, and if I don’t find comfort in the warmth of your body, clutched in my embrace at the end of the day, I’m afraid I won’t survive.
“I don’t regret anything. Marcel was not only my cat, he was my everything. My brother, my friend, my world shrank in a soft gray-striped furry ball.”—Bernard Jan
Powerful. Emotional. Honest.
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