My latest book I was sent to review is a little different than my normal choice.
A stylish, illustrated gift book from an award-winning artist that profiles
notable cat-loving men throughout history in words and pictures.
Of Cats and Men presents a fresh approach to cat entertainment that’s smart,
sweet, and driven by beautiful art (instead of tacky photography, as many cat
books are). Appealing to both men and women, the “cat men” approach is a fun
twist on the “cat lady” stereotype and makes for a highly giftable book. The 30
men profiled range from writers and artists such as Haruki Murakami, T.S. Eliot,
William S. Burroughs, and Ai Weiwei, to historical luminaries such as Sir Winston
Churchill, Nikola Tesla, and Sir Issac Newton. In addition to the portraits, the book
features beautifully hand-lettered quotes about cats by some of the men,
including Twain’s “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without
further introduction.” –Goodreads
This is a great gift book for the cat lover in your life. The illustrations are adorable and very detailed, and I love the style. From a content perspective, it was somewhat lacking. The paragraphs about each man were a little fluffy, and didn’t really talk about what the person was known for in a lot of detail. It was more just “This guy is a famous painter and he had a cat.” It wasn’t bad, but I was expecting a little more meat.
Overall, I would give it 3/5 stars.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.