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Old 11-27-2019, 02:18 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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I enjoyed The Travelling Cat Chronicles (2012), by Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translator).

Always liked the cat diary:

DAY 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

DAY 761 - Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair... must try this on their bed. DAY 762 - Slept all day so that I could annoy my captors with sleep depriving, incessant pleas for food at ungodly hours of the night.

DAY 765 - Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was... Hmmm. Not working according to plan ...

DAY 768 - I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called "shampoo." What sick minds could invent such a liquid. My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.

DAY 771 - There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes they call "beer." More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of "allergies." Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The Bird on the other hand has got to be an informant. He has mastered their frightful tongue. (something akin to mole speak) and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time...
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Old 11-30-2019, 09:02 PM
 
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The story that immediately occurs to me is "Tobermory," by Saki.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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OK, absolutely one of the funniest books I've ever read is "PS Your Cat Is Dead."

It's not really about a cat - I mean, yes, a cat is in it (and yes, it dies) but what it's really about is a cat BURGLAR who keeps breaking into this poor guy's NYC walk up apartment. The guy he's breaking into is so desperate and poor himself - he can't imagine why someone would bother breaking into HIS apartment. Finally he snaps and sets a trap and catches the burglar and the hilarity begins.

It's not a long book and it's a pretty easy read but it's one of the few books that makes me laugh out loud every time I read it, which is every few years!

Oh and not saying you're feeling sorry for yourself, but it's also a terrific book about when a person THINKS they are struggling (and maybe they really are) - it puts things in perspective.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/revie...=9780573614408
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