It’s funny how two unique books related to cats came to my hands the very same week, one is called Advanced French for Exceptional Cats and the other one is titled La Mia vita e un disastro nemmeno il mio gatto mi capisce (My life’s a disaster, not even my own cat can understand me).
In the first one, Henry Beard presents a bilingual book in which a lovely cat, illustrated by Gary Zamchick, goes happily jumping through the pages of the book showing the readers the way he sees life, both in Engling and in French. so we can see different topics such as the “qualities of an exceptional cat”, it’s “philosophy”, what he like to eat, where he goes for traveling and even some “cat-grammar”.
Along with this book, for people interested in continuing with French studies, Henry Bear, who signs his books as Henri de la Barbe, has also published French for Cats.
The other funny book about cats, La mia vita e un disastro, was written by Louise Rennison originally in English, under the title of Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging.
Here, Renninson depicts the life of a teenager called Georgia Nicolson and her cat Angus. Through Georgia’s diary it’s possible to learn how much trouble she has to adjust to her everyday life and also how difficult it’s for her to dear with her unsettled cat.
This book is the first of the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series, and it was also the base for a movie about Angus and Georgia that was released in 2008.
Lovely are all those afternoons when people can get together, walk around the bay, admire the sculptures and enjoy the last minutes of the sun standing over there in the horizon, just before the night comes around.
I’ve always being amazed by those authors who have the outstanding capacity to write works of fiction that feel absolutely real, although their plots talk about things that are not real, inserted into the real world.
And it’s even more amazing when this imaginary realities, born and developed in a novel, become true, as it has happened in many times with the stories written by Jules Verne.
This week I’ve been surprised one more time, learning that the American author Morgan Robertson described in his book Futility (also known as The Wreck of the Titan) a story very similar to the actual one that took the Titanc ship down into the ocean in April, 1912.
In his book, published in 1898, Roberson called the boat Titan, and it was a fancy ship able to carry 2,000 people on the sea where it finally sank in April after hitting an iceberg.
As it happened 14 years later, the book by Robertson described the ship as ‘unsinkable’ and ‘indestructible’, but when the momenent of the truth came through, the boat actually went down, with almost all its passangers dying due to insuficient resourses to save them.
Roberson writing is easy to read and make the reader feel like a very close witness who’s able to see, step by step, the doomed voyage that started like a luxury cruise and ended in a terrible tragedy.
Wandering around as I always love to do it, I found this amazing composition with this gigantic fork planted in the lake by the Allimentarioun Museum, with the Swiss Alps giving a marveluos background and a little cold seagull testifying the beauty of all this.
Where do these boats go? Where do they come front? Did the fishermen had a good day? How many journeys have being developed with these little boats taking people away? Let’s our imagination free ready to traver anywhere!