Reviews for Cat Abroad : The Further Adventures of Norton, the Cat Who Went to Paris, and His Human
Kirkus Reviews 1993 August
Further engaging tales from Gethers (The Cat Who Went to Paris, 1991, etc.) about travels and adventures with his worldly Scottish Fold cat, Norton. When Gethers (ex-publisher of Villard Books) decides to leave New York and the pressurized corporate world for life in a 300- year-old house in the south of France, his closest companions- -girlfriend Janis and feline Norton--waste no time in packing their bags. And so begins a yearlong odyssey abroad, where the threesome quickly become immersed in the French way of life. Gethers still has work commitments--writing this book, a screenplay, and a TV series. But he finds plenty of time for amusements (seeking out chateaus and cathedrals, etc.); eating fine food (enjoying the local cuisine becomes a favorite pastime for humans and feline alike); visiting Italy, Spain, and Holland; entertaining friends from the States; and bonding with other expatriates who ``all made the same choice we'd made--to leave one life behind and resettle in a French paradise.'' As always, Gethers and Janis are accompanied everywhere by their cat, who's welcomed with open arms by the cat- loving French (hotels provide Norton with complimentary room service; restaurants serve him delicacies, such as a marzipan mouse; and winemakers offer him his own bottles). Finally, the trio end their foreign idyll, returning to the US with a newfound joie de vivre. Witty and warmhearted--a delightful addition to the cat- fancier's bookshelf. Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews
Library Journal Reviews 1993 October #1
He's back as a celebrity now--Norton the adorable Scottish fold cat whose adventures were chronicled by Gethers in The Cat Who Went to Paris ( LJ 9/1/91). Norton the star now dines on Pounce pizza prepared by superstar chef Wolfgang Puck, stays in a famous New Orleans hotel that has a no-pets policy, tours the United States on the TV talk-show circuit, and receives fan mail and photos from humans as well as cats. Most of this book describes Norton and Peter's year in Provence, where Norton's days in a beautiful 300-year-old country home are filled with naps in the garden, exploring the neighborhood, and more napping in the lap of his human. Gethers's writing style is amusing, although he also reflects occasionally on the mortality of his furry friend as well as his own. Readers who were previously charmed by Norton will be delighted with this book. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/93.-- Eva Lautemann, DeKalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, Ga. Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 1993 August #3
The line between cute and twee is easy to cross when writing a cat book, and Gethers steers a precarious course between the two. Then again, that may be the cat's doing. Norton, Gethers's Scottish Fold, lacks most of the feline foibles that would give him a certain universal resonance. The cat is told just once not to scratch the furniture in the 300-year-old house that Gethers rents for the year with girlfriend Janis and thereafter (remember, Crown classifies this as Nonfiction/Pets), Norton does not scratch the furniture . Norton runs away one time--but waits for Gethers to trot down the block and pick him up. For readers with real cats--psychotically territorial, determinedly sedentary and often a tad snitty--Norton will seem like a small dog who has had a lot of plastic surgery. On the other hand, Gethers sans chat is often funny, self-deprecating and loves food, which makes him a fitting guide to the over-chronicled byways of Southern France. As the former head of Villard and Random House editor-at-large, Gethers's recollections of the publication of his earlier book, The Cat Who Went to Paris , makes interesting reading for publishing types. (Sept.) Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.