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The Abandoned
 
 
Author
Paul Gallico.
Publisher New York Review Books  
Format laminated cover
ISBN 9781590176269
Pages/Publication Date 307/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38702
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The hugely popular author of such books and stories for adults and children as The Poseidon Adventure, Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris, and The Snow Goose, O. Henry Award winner Paul Gallico also penned a number of cat stories, among them The Silent Miaow, Thomasina, and this gem from 1950 for readers 8 to adult, published as Jennie outside of the United States. Peter is a lonely boy in London, bringing home stray cats for company, though his Nanny always throws them back outside. Then one day Peter dashes across the street to pet a tabby kitten, and everything goes black. When he wakes up, he has white fur, whiskers, and paws—and Nanny promptly pitches him out of the house as well. But then Peter meets Jennie, a street cat who befriends him and educates him in the ways of felines, including how to sniff out a nice napping spot, the proper way to dine on mouse, and the single tactic every cat knows: when in doubt, wash. "When I was 9 years old I plucked The Abandoned from my school library's dusty shelves and fell in love with literature, " wrote Naomi Serviss in Newsday. "The adventures that unfolded, reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows and Peter Pan, captured me so thoroughly I knew writing was part of my destiny." This fine edition from the New York Review of Books features cream stock, a linen spine, and a laminated cover.

"In portraying Jennie, a London tabby, Paul Gallico has given us not only a cat's-eye-view of the cosmos, but also a cat immortal."—Saturday Review of Literature

"Unalloyed delight.... You should be warned that if you hate cats you'd better not read this story, for it will entertain you and instruct you in the ways of cats, that your interest and liking will be aroused in spite of you."—Chicago Sunday Tribune

 
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