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My Father, the Cat   By: (1927-2002)

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In Henry Slesar's novel, "My Father, the Cat," readers embark on a journey that defies the boundaries of human-animal relationships and delves deep into the realms of mystery and intrigue. The story unfolds from the perspective of the protagonist, Joe, who discovers a shocking truth about his father after his sudden demise.

Slesar's writing style brilliantly captures the essence of Joe's complex emotions as he unravels the layers surrounding his father's bizarre secret. The author skillfully combines suspense and introspection, resulting in a captivating narrative that keeps readers engrossed from start to finish. The pacing of the story allows for a steady buildup of tension, gradually unveiling the enigmatic nature of Joe's family history.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this novel is its exploration of human identity and the notion of belonging. As Joe grapples with his father's peculiar transformation into a cat upon death, he engages in a profound introspection about his own sense of self. Slesar delves into the intricacies of themes such as family bonds, acceptance, and self-discovery, prompting readers to question their own perceptions of identity.

The characters in "My Father, the Cat" are vividly depicted, each with their own quirks and flaws. Joe's internal struggle is palpable, and his journey becomes relatable as he experiences a range of emotions including grief, confusion, and eventually acceptance. The author's attention to detail shines through, crafting a cast of unique individuals that readers can invest in and empathize with.

Moreover, Slesar's descriptions are evocative, painting a vivid picture of the surreal world he creates. The seamless blend of reality and fantasy adds an otherworldly charm to the narrative, making it an immersive experience. The author's meticulous attention to detail ensures a sense of believability, even within the realms of the fantastical.

While the narrative is captivating and thought-provoking, some readers may find certain plot elements to be overly intricate. Slesar weaves a complex web of secrets and revelations, which, at times, might require an extra level of focus to fully grasp. However, these intricacies also serve to heighten the story's intrigue and contribute to its overall appeal.

In conclusion, "My Father, the Cat" is a riveting novel that skillfully blends elements of mystery, fantasy, and psychological introspection. Henry Slesar's masterful storytelling illuminates the depths of emotional turmoil surrounding Joe's extraordinary discovery about his deceased father. With its well-developed characters, evocative descriptions, and exploration of human identity, this book is a thought-provoking and enthralling read that transcends traditional genre boundaries.

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Henry Slesar, as we have said before, is a young advertising executive who has rapidly become one of the better known writers in the field. Here is an off trail story that is guaranteed to make some of you take a very searching second look at some of the young men you know.

my father, the cat


He wondered if I'd told her everything, and, faltering, I had to admit that I hadn't. She was wonderful but human.

My mother was a lovely, delicate woman from the coast of Brittany, who was miserable sleeping on less than three mattresses, and who, it is said, was once injured by a falling leaf in her garden. My grandfather, a descendant of the French nobility whose family had ridden the tumbrils of the Revolution, tended her fragile body and spirit with the same loving care given rare, brief blooming flowers. You may imagine from this his attitude concerning marriage. He lived in terror of the vulgar, heavy handed man who would one day win my mother's heart, and at last, this persistent dread killed him. His concern was unnecessary, however, for my mother chose a suitor who was as free of mundane brutality as a husband could be. Her choice was Dauphin, a remarkable white cat which strayed onto the estate shortly after his death... Continue reading book >>

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