Title: Cat Flap
Author: Alan S. Cowell
Format: Kindle ARC
Length: 240 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: 4.5 Stars
"When she awoke as a cat, Dolores Tremayne saw no immediate advantage in having four paws instead of two arms and two legs…" A brilliant, funny novel of love, marriage and modern life.
When the cat’s away, the mice will play – but who will oversee the cat?
When Dolores Tremayne, a successful business executive, travels overseas, part of her remains mysteriously behind in X, the family’s indoor cat. Through feline eyes, Dolores witnesses the shocking behavior of her errant husband, the stalled novelist Gerald Tremayne. Far away in Germany, the human Dolores is conducting high-powered negotiations with a prestigious auto-maker, but back at home, her husband’s liaisons force him into ever more drastic exploits. Meanwhile, Dolores begins to wonder about the strange words and images that have begun to pop into her head, as if from nowhere.
Funny and memorable, Cat Flap will appeal to all fans of clever satire.
There are so many aspects of Cat Flap to love, ponder, and just simply amuse oneself with. That this reviewer is simply at a loss for a place to start.
So please indulge me for just a moment and allow me to begin with the following.
If you are a cat owner/slave, are fond of felines, or have ever wanted to be a cat for any reason. This book is for you.
With that being said.
let the reviewing commence.
Delores Tremayne is a high-powered "head hunter" working courting a German automaker.
Well, at least most of her is.
I say most of her, because it appears that she left a portion of her consciousness in the safe keeping of her cat X. Back home in "jolly old England".
A home that Delores, with the assistance of X, will discover is not the haven of domestic bliss that she has hithertofore believed.
Because at least in the case of her husband. One Gerald Tremanyne, suburban house-husband and not so popular novelist.
While the cat watches, Mr Mouse and her rather tech-savvy micelings will engage in all manner of "play". Each more dangerous and in some cases shocking than the last.
Not knowing that inside said cat, an increasingly alarmed wife and mother is bearing witness to it all.
Along with X, of course.
A big part of what makes this book such a pleasure to read?
The the parts of it that are told from the viewpoint of X.
The simple and direct cause and effect relationship that X has with not only the people of the house, but the goings on as well. Provides quite the refreshing change from the scheming and subterfuge of those supposed "higher thinking" beings.
The juxtaposition of X's viewpoint, Delores' realizations, a pervasive humor, and break-neck pace makes this journey into magical realism one that a reader will surely want to repeat.
This is a book that will make one rethink all of the things about family, love, trust, and most importantly, our cats.
ALAN S. COWELL is a British writer whose career spanned four decades as a foreign correspondent, first for Reuters and then for The New York Times. Alongside news coverage, he authored works of fiction and non-fiction, including The Terminal Spy, a definitive account of the life and death of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former KGB officer poisoned with radioactive polonium in London in 2006. His novels include Permanent Removal, set in post-apartheid South Africa. Cowell is married and lives in London.