Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Publish date: August 30th 1982
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 64
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
A book of poems about cats. What more can I say? CATS.
It's a soft four, and I feel I'm being generous. Possible that expectations were raised unreasonably by its fame.Its main strength, perhaps, is in the concept. Treating cats as people, with their varying personalities and exploits. The variety of characters is entertaining. As individual poems, how...
I'm guessing Cats the musical was based on these poems (never seen the show). I don't love cats, and the poems weren't that great. I also wasn't a fan of the racial slur used in the book.
Like many others, I have watched the musical (on DVD, sadly never on live). It may be my favorite musical of all times. The customs, the songs, the dance... everything is perfect. My favorite character has always been Munkustrap, although I tend to change my mind between Rum Tum Tugger and Skimblesh...
Axel Scheffler's cats are cute, but for no good reason (perhaps only familiarity) I prefer Edward Gorey's. As do the Offspring.Library copy.