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Picking up where "The Cat Who Came for Christmas" and "The Cat and the Curmudgeon" left off, this beautiful new paperback edition continues the story of the cat named Polar Bear and his grumpy, lovable owner....

Title : The Best Cat Ever
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ISBN : 9780316089784
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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The Best Cat Ever Reviews

  • Sheila Myers
    2019-05-09 18:44

    I didn't like this book as well as the others about Mr Amory and his cat Polar Bear, but it was just a well written and interesting. I would've enjoyed it more if there was more about Polar Bear in some of the chapters, but I didn't decrease my rating because I base my review on the writing and not my personal preferences.

  • Amelia
    2019-05-08 14:37

    I don't even want to finish it. I'm a hundred pages in, and all the author does is spend pages and pages reminiscing about a person only to then state in half a paragraph whether his cat approved of this person. Instead of reminiscing about his cat, as he states the book is supposed to be, he's essentially making this a glorified auto-biography... I don't care about his Harvard shenanigans, sorry. I don't think I'm going to read any farther.

  • Shane Fritz
    2019-05-17 12:42

    In deciding whether to give the book one star or two, I took into consideration how long it took me to read it. I considered parts of it quite boring, as the author talked mainly about himself. The two or three chapters which did focus on the cat were pretty good. I did not realize that it was the third in a series. Perhaps I would have liked those two better. I bought the book at a used book sale, thinking it would make a good read for my mom, but abandoned the notion of giving it to her, both because of her declining health and the lack of cat-centered chapters.

  • Amber Morton
    2019-05-06 12:44

    Despite the title, the book is mostly about the authors tales from when he was in college to his first job and celebrities he knew. The only chapters really dedicated to cats were "Miracles of Modern Medicine" and "L'envoi". His tales are interesting enough, but not enough to keep you fully engrossed in the book.

  • Carfig
    2019-05-07 15:29

    Too many Cleveland Amory anecdotes, not enough Polar Bear, and a lot of it is rehashed from Book 1. Best quote is from his friend Ingrid Newkirk, after PB is gone: "Damn them for dying so young." Very sad at the end because he goes into too much detail about putting PB down.

  • G
    2019-04-30 13:47

    If anyone can read this book without crying their eyes out, they don't have a soul. Truly.

  • Adrija Eismanavičiūtė
    2019-05-08 20:47

    Labai gera ir reali istorija apie katiną Baltąjį Lokį ir jo šeimininko gyvenimus. Pabaigoje verkiau 3 kartus :( Tobula knyga :D

  • Matthew Stevens
    2019-05-12 20:38

    **********May Contain Spoilers*******************A poor effort by Mr. Amory's standards. This book is not a dedication to Polar Bear as one would expect by, instead, to a boring recount of Mr. Amory's youth that drags on for pages (and sometimes chapters) at a time.As an animal lover, and die-hard fan of his first 2 books, I was already disheartened knowing the beloved title feline was deceased going in but to be bored to tears on top of my melancholy was too much to bear. Having read the book once you can be sure I will not make the same mistake twice!(Note: The reason for the long gap in the start/finish date is due to the fact that I could not emotionally handle the source material when I was a kid. I didn't have the heart to read it when Polar Bear started being referred to in past tense.

  • Mary Quire
    2019-04-28 15:40

    I received this book from a family member that knew I loved cats. Since I write about my own cats, I was very interested in reading it just to see what kind of take the author had on feline characters. I'd never read anything by Cleveland Armory before and believe me when I say I was not disappointed. The story puts Mr. Armory as the central character and uses his cat, Polar Bear as a supporting one. The book is well written and very entertaining.

  • Lilian
    2019-05-04 20:36

    Mr Amory's work with animal rights is laudable, and apparently his other books are, too. Yet these books are supposedly about Polar Bear and his relationship with him, but really it is a thinly-veiled memoir. Still with the name-dropping, and that kind of humour that can be considered staid and archaic in the 21st century. All the time I was reading this and he went off again into another story, I kept thinking, "What's this got to do with Polar Bear? Get on with it, I'd rather have stories about the cat!" Suffice to say, I grudgingly read this book as well, just to get over this trilogy.Again, what's remarkable about this book is that it is titled he Best Cat, and yet I don't get that because there really weren't enough stories about Polar Bear again.There is also a line in the prologue that goes, and I paraphrase, that Polar Bear is buried in my heart. Having been on an animal/cat novel binge recently, I had just read an almost exact phrasing in Willie Morris' My Dog Skip. Is this a case of plagiarism? Although this book was copyrighted in 1993, two years earlier than My Dog Skip, I would rather give the credit to Mr Morris because Skip was his childhood dog and had passed away years ago, meaning that was how he felt then but only got to put it into writing decades later. (Besides, My Dog Skip is also about the author's love for his pet, yet Mr Morris was able to get his story across more poignantly and concisely, about a third of the length of one of Mr Amory's books supposedly about Polar Bear.)I gave this two stars only because it was shorter in length compared to The Cat and the Curmudgeon. I also skipped/scanned one of the chapters because I just wasn't interested. If I didn't see the word "Polar Bear" on the page, I moved on.I know my review of this series is harsh, but I was really looking forward to a nice cat story. I had these books for a long time, and only got around to reading it now (rainy day books) so it was disappointing to have it turn this way. Still, I am glad to know Mr Amory left a legacy for the animal rights movement. Both the Fund for Animals and the Black Beauty ranch is still in operation. I would like to visit the ranch, where Mr Amory is buried next to Polar Bear, but apparently it is only open to the public for special events.

  • Yvonne
    2019-05-16 14:44

    I bought this book years ago because I like cats. I was in-between cats at the time as our family cat passed away in 2009 and I didn’t receive my own cat until 2013. The Best Cat Ever has thus sat on my shelf for at least four years. Probably more. Regardless I am glad that I waited. The book is more or less about the man who wrote it rather then being about the cat that inspired it. I wasn’t particularly disappointed, however, as I would have been if I had read it way back when. Cleveland Armory is an interesting man who before this book I never knew anything about, and what a lot there is to know about. I wound up looking him up immediately after finishing the book just to double check and make sure that all the things he wrote about were more or less true, which they were. Another reason why I wouldn’t have enjoyed this book as much a few years ago was because I wouldn’t have known who some of the famous people in it were. Reading about Tallulah Bankhead and especially Dorothy Kilgallen from ‘What’s My Line?’ were especially thrilling. Indeed I can imagine that anyone who has only a passing knowledge of the previous era and the stars of it, ergo only knowing it once existed, wouldn't enjoy this book to the extent it could be enjoyed. I was still slightly disappointed by the fact that the book was not entirely about the cat Polar Bear. A book about my cat, Samantha, would probably contain much more about her then me, but my life is not nearly as interesting as Amory’s. Still if you look at the book for what it is, a book about a mans life leading up to possibly one of the most difficult times he went through in his latter years, it is a charming and enjoyable read. Someday I would like to read a book that is referred to within this one, ‘The Heart Has Its Reasons’ by Wallis Simpson, AKA The Duchess of Windsor. A book that was originally supposed to be ghost written by Amory himself until he decided he wouldn’t put up with the Duchess’ sugar coating. I think, despite the untruths and lies, that, knowing what I know, it will be an interesting read.

  • Kristin
    2019-05-14 17:24

    Picked this one up at a used book sale despite having not read the other 2 in the series. Essentially, this was meant to be a tribute to Amory's cat, Polar Bear, who was introduced to readers in the other two books but has passed on since the last book was written. Cats aren't usually my species of choice, but love for pets is universal so I expected this to be a cute read. When he was writing about Polar Bear, I enjoyed the book, as it was clear that the cat left a big impression in Amory's life and they had special routines together. However, Amory seemed to go off on tangents that had nothing at all to do with Polar Bear. For example, he devotes an entire long chapter on the time he spent trying to write the memoir for the former Duchess of Windsor, how difficult a person she could be, and what life was like in France on their estate during that time. All it had to do with Polar Bear was that if he was in Amory's life at the time, he would have told him not to waste his time. Only slightly better was Amory's efforts at trying to figure out why his aging cat got arthritis, where the entire chapter was spent consulting books on expert opinions for what causes feline arthritis and Amory debunking every reason because he gave Polar Bear the perfect conditions for life in every way possible in his opinion. Overall, this book was not really about Polar Bear, as the title indicates. It was about Cleveland Amory, and sometimes his cat played a role in the story.

  • Jason Strayer
    2019-05-01 16:36

    The reader of this book will find it a bit of false advertising, as, despite a desultory weaving in of stories about Polar Bear, the book's eponymous namesake, it spends far too much time in autobiography from Amory's life before the cat and far little time dwelling on the greatness of his feline. Amory's writing style is convivial, reminding me of a bygone era when authors could establish celebrity by sharing opinions humorously in strange contrivances called "newspapers." However, in the end I can't belittle this book, in part because it ends with Polar Bear's ending, no small sadness for any cat lover, and in part because I fell victim to its soporific effect while reading in bed with my cat Loki sprawled across my back, both of us napping mid-afternoon while reading a book not quite about the best cat ever. In a bit of bizarre cosmic resonance, I noticed that the hard-back copy of this book, which I just finished today on Easter 2014, had been gifted to a previous owner with a prescript on this very holiday twenty years prior.

  • LibraryCin
    2019-05-01 12:36

    3.25 starsThis is the final book about Cleveland Amory's rescued cat, Polar Bear. I chose this early in the month to read this month, before my own cat was diagnosed with kidney failure. It hadn't occurred to be until I picked up the book that Polar Bear would not live beyond this book. I don't think it changed how I read the book or what I thought of it, however. I like Polar Bear and I like the stories about him. I also like the other animal stories that Amory shares; he is an animal activist and runs an animal sanctuary. However, I don't like that so much of the book is not about Polar Bear or the other animals. Some of it was, but over half of it was just Amory's own stories. Polar Bear might get a mention or two amongst those stories. So, for that, I can't quite give the book a “good” (3.5 stars) rating, but because I did enjoy the chapters that did focus on Polar Bear, I have to give it more than “ok” (3 stars).

  • Catsalive
    2019-04-29 13:18 so we bid goodbye to Polar Bear. Tears sprang to my eyes as I read about him being unable to jump & falling on his face - it is so hard to see such a dignified animal failing. I agree with Ingrid Newkirk: "Damn them for dying so young!", but I wouldn't be without the joy they bring in life.Except for the final chapter, this book is more about Amory than Polar Bear & as such I found it a bit tedious in parts, but I'm glad to have read the final book in Polar Bear's trilogy.Book 1 - The Cat Who Came for ChristmasBook 2 - The Cat and the Curmudgeon

  • Ruby
    2019-05-23 16:44

    This isn't a bad read, but it can get rather boring at times because the author tends to focus more on his own story than that of his late cat, Polar Bear (whom the story is SUPPOSED to be about). But, Mr. Armory states early on that he can be rather "me-centric" at times, so I guess this is understandable. I found that the best sections for reading more-detailed accounts of Polar Bear were the beginning, when Mr. Armory talks of his passing, and the end, when Mr. Armory's vividness and descriptiveness shows how heartwrenching his loss of Polar Bear was. It made me remember dealing with the deaths of many of my own beloved pets over the years. A good book, but a little more drawn-out than may be necessary.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-22 12:45

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a bit of a tearjerker near the end, but it's a good read. My only complaint is that from the title and the cover, you'd expect the book to center around his cat. Well, some of it does, but another large part concerns his life long before the cat came along. It's very interesting (I especially liked his stories of his friendship with Katharine Hepburn and her family and his brief writing association with Wallis Simpson) but it has nothing to do with any cat, best or not. I enjoyed the whole book, but I think it would have been better to save the part about Polar Bear his cat for one book and the rest for another book.

  • M.M. Strawberry Reviews
    2019-05-16 16:41

    I received this book years ago as a present but didn't get to finish it until recently. This is my first Cleveland Amory book, and I was impressed by his writing and how he could tell a story. I also love his stance on animal rights, and this book actually made me go and look him up to learn more about him. He sounds like a guy I would have liked to meet, and I would definitely read more of his books.

  • Glenna
    2019-05-22 17:33

    If you're looking for a book about a cat, this is definitely not the book for you. The book is an autobiography. Author Cleveland Amory frames the chapters with often tenuously connected stories about Polar Bear, Amory's cat, but the bulk of the content is about Amory. I found his stories of celebrity encounters and his life at Harvard. often plodding and dull. If there were more about the cat I might recommend it, as those sections were the most interesting.

  • Diane
    2019-04-30 15:36

    The Cat Who Came for Christmas (the first in this true trilogy) was recommended to me by a dear friend many years ago. In addition to loving the tails Polar Bear, one of the greatest thrills of my life was meeting in person the most gracious author and animal advocate, Cleveland Armory, may you be enjoying life over Rainbow Bridge with Polar Bear, knowing that the animal world is a better place because of you.

  • Laura
    2019-05-06 14:36

    I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as I did "The Cat Who Came For Christmas" or "The Cat and the Curmudgeon" it just didn't have the same charm somehow. It was still okay just I'm not sure it was defiantly lacking something that I just can't put my finger on. Maybe it was just me I'll have to read it again some time and see if I still feel the same.

  • Lesley
    2019-05-11 18:39

    This book is about the author, very little about his cat. I also listened to part of the audio book and it is obvious that the author's hero is Andy Rooney, he read the book and even sounds like Rooney.

  • Sarah Fabul
    2019-05-05 16:38

    All cat lovers must read this! This is a real story of a man loosing his well-loved cat. I read this book years ago after my cat died. This book was a very good companion at that time. Lost of loved-one is one of the most tragic things that can happen to a person, same as losing a pet.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-18 12:39

    The best part was perhaps Amory's foray into his relationship with the Windsors, and the toughest part for me was what happens to Polar Bear at the end. If a story can be both light and emotionally wrenching then this one is that

  • Jackie
    2019-04-29 20:17

    This three book series by Cleveland Amory is some of my favorite reading - I re-read these books every few years. Of course the stories are about a cat that came into the author's life and life was never the same.

  • Beth
    2019-05-01 12:22

    The first 2/3 of this is a three- or four-star book. I gave it five stars because Amory wrote the last pages so skillfully that they made me cry, literally. A book has never before or since made me cry.

  • Sydney
    2019-05-18 13:35

    I should have paid attention to other reviews which stated that this book is NOT about the Best Cat Ever, but rather about the author. Some interesting facts about his literary career. Disappointing.

  • Brianna
    2019-05-24 17:20

    I really need to pick this back up again... It's an adorable story and I never finished it! I'll have to start reading it again, one of these days...

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-05-13 14:30

    The Best Cat Ever is a well-written, loveable story with unique characters and vivid imagery. Combining an animal story with a variety of themes, this is definitely a book worth reading.

  • Kathy
    2019-05-08 18:17

    He had me laughing and then crying. He obviously loved and knew his cat very well. Now I'll have go back and read "The Cat Who Came to Christmas", his best seller.