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"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Charles - The story of a friendship. By Micheal Joseph

    My dear  sister Laura who is as  much a fan of cats and books as myself, recently surprised me with a little package containing a 1943 book about the life of a  Siamese cat during the 1930's-1940's in London.

    This small, unassuming book might not look like much, and would have probably been easily ignored in a pile of other more glamorously covered books, but you can't judge a book by its cover and the inside of this small red cloth covered volumes contains a sweet, intimate and delightful look at the life of a much loved pet from the pen of a period correct, London gentleman.

   The story follows the life of Charles, a Siamese cat and all his little adventures, including his stay in the military base with his owner who was a company commander during WW2.

'Petitioned by a feminin favourite for a pet, so legends goes, an Eastern God blended these qualities into the Siamese cat. 'Grace of the panther, intelligense of the elephant, affection of the love-birds, beauty of the fawn, softness of dawn, swiftness of light'

In this age of sms, and emails... it's a delight to receive handwriten ( and adorned ) notes. Thank you Laura !

Printed in 1943 during the war, at a time when many items were in want, or rationed.  Book printing ( a luxury ) had to fit an economy standards

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