A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob

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When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts. A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.
Publisher: 2012 ,
London : 2016. Hodder,
ISBN: 9781473633360
Branch Call Number: B 636.80092 BOWE
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 20 cm

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donkeyhote
Feb 14, 2018

I fully understand what James (and Bob, his extraordinary cat friend) went through in the streets, where they were exposed both to good and negative members of the Public. There's no problem with the good ones, the problem is with those negative ones, who make negative comments to, and even attack in various dishonest ways those guys, like James, who try to earn scratch in the streets, because Society drove them to the margin or expelled them for whatever reason. I fully understand what James mentions in his books about this, because, feeding critter animals in the streets I also am exposed to those few negative persons' remarks and attacks. They call my pigeon friends "vermin" and "flying rats," and my squirrel friends "pests" and rats. And one told me even street cats and other critters, if they cannot find food on their own, should die. I am writing this comment now because today I got a remark from another of those grim faced negative ones (I could see from her face and expected as such as she walks with disgust every day on her face even at the whole world). She told me, when she saw me put crushed peanuts under an evergreen fence for the tiny birds that live inside the bushes - she told me "feeding the rats?" I could have told her the real rats walk on two feet and outside the bushes. And there is another woman with a spiteful and angry expression on her face, who walks her little dog every day, does not even speak an acceptable English, and she told me my pigeon friends were "vermin" and let her dog off the leash and said: "go, get them!" The dog was more decent and did not obey. I also feed raccoons who come out into the streets at night only, and I love them. They are, most of them, like good nature timid dogs, come up to me when they see me and I give them oatmeal cookies. And the bad guys tell me, when seeing this: "go somewhere else, feed them in the park - they are wild animals!" (There are a few good persons, who feed raccoons in their backyards) - and I tell the selfish/n dumb guys that even those parks are full of people and dogs. I found a book in VPL about domesticated raccoons, and that book says: "they are the charmers of our woods, they should be our national symbol." This was written by the curator of a child zoo in Cicinnati, USA. But instead, our symbol of Stanley Park is the Coyote, a predator and I dislike coyotes, which killed two young raccoons in 2016 and 2017; I found them in my area strangled beside the sidewalk, at the foot of a tree each, trying to escape the predator by climbing the tree. For some hidden reason the Stanley Park Board loves coyotes (a few months ago a coyote knocked over a toddler child at a playground in Surrey, I think, but the Board defends coyotes and a year ago they distributed pamphlets in Mt. Pleasant, telling us to learn to live with coyotes among us in the city). OK, so, I love animals more than I do people in general, and I support several animal charities (international). And I despise those cultures with dog farming and eating the flesh of dogs. And I bought one of James Bowen's books and ordered his other books too from Chapters-Indigo. One can learn a lot by reading his books, and one cannot help but admire cats, who, even by Mark Twain, are a race more superior to humans, as regards character.

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daysleeper236
Dec 29, 2017

Heartwarming and inspiring without being overly sentimental. Provides an eye-opening perspective of what it's like to be homeless in London.

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donkeyhote
Dec 02, 2017

Yes, surely this book talks to the human soul in us. Street animals are lovely and lonely, starving, abandoned. Some of the petty "bourgeois" citizens dislike them, and I dislike those people and love the critters. By reaching old age I came to be wary of dumb people and a lover of those abandoned animals who are grateful to me for feeding them. They are lovely friends of mine, but some of those inhuman "'humans" I mentioned try to prevent me with harassment, threats of poisoning them and even by calling the Police on me, from feeding the critters. I have been feeding various street animals since 8 years and you can't imagine the amount of harassment I had to sustain from a few animal haters, who, on the other hand, adore their own dogs. Dog walking in the last 2-3 years have become an epidemic in Vancouver Mt. Pleasant ("monkey see, monkey do", people copy each other) - more and more of them walk there on the sidewalks and in the parks at dawn, at noon and at late night, and one of them, a neighbor even told me that all critters should be scared away or removed from his dog walking area and he told me he hated skunks and because of me feeding raccoons the skunks come too, and so he threatened me, telling me he knows where the den of my raccoon friends is and so he "knows where to put the poison." This Englishman, my neighbor in my area walks around 3 times a day, he bumped into me several times, saw where I put food for raccoons, and he went there, picked up the food and removed it. So I have to go out 3 times every night, at times to dodge him, hide the food, and even after midnight when hopefully he is in bed, but my raccoon friends are up. OK, now, I write here in favor of this book. I have a cat born into the street, and I have adopted her from VOKRA (Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association) and at present I have another young street cat friend I'm planning to rescue. Her name is Leonora, she is a very special pure breed, very young adolescent, short hair, dainty, cute. I started to feed her 2 months ago, slowly she came closer to me and we became friends. I'll grab her soon, put her in a carrier and take her to VOKRA. I took photos of her; she is absolutely beautiful, very hungry, I give her 4 kinds of cat food and chunk light tuna; she waits for me at the same spot under a bush, meows to me, rubs her head to my hand. Yesterday at night I met her at the usual spot, gave her the foods under the bush, and when she ate 3-4 times and came to me, I took photos of her with flash. Suddenly a giant man, abt. 6 feet 5 came toward us on the sidewalk, leading 2 giant dogs. When he saw the flashes of my camera, he slowed down and asked what I was doing there. He said he "did not like those things." and he told me angrily not to "point my thing at him" and don't take photos of him, and he literally fled in a hurry across the street. My janitor forbade me feeding street cats close to our building, because the food may attract other animals (skunks) and thus disturb other tenants. Most people are OK, however, but a few bad guys make my life with critters difficult. It's a guerilla war for me. Pigeons, squirrels, raccoons come to me and give me much joy. This book here too, must be a lovely read for people with a human soul. The Stanley Park Board has set 3 coyotes on my critter friends; the coyotes strangled 2 young raccoon friends in the past one year. They tell us even on Radio to accept and live with those predators and keep our pets inside. Yes, coyotes sometimes catch and eat cats. Seems like the Board wants to starve and kill off those, even homeless critter animals, who live free from the controlled System, which, as the animal haters don't realize, is creeping on their freedom too.

lotuslori_8 Nov 30, 2017

A true story of how two lost souls, a man and a cat, formed a wonderful friendship and saved each other from a rough life on the streets. The author gives you an understanding of what it means to be a street person and the challenges he faced trying to kick his addiction and find a purpose to his life.

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bananaquit
Sep 09, 2017

A simple yet engaging story well told about a street person and the cat who adopted him.. Once read you will want to read the follow-up. The World According to Bob.

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KKbks
Aug 04, 2017

A wonderful true story about the relationship between a remarkable cat and his human companion. They met at a difficult time in both of their lives and helped each other to create a new life together. A very enjoyable feel-good book.

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sunnyfeline
May 31, 2017

I watched the "A Street Cat Named Bob" film on Netflix before realizing there was a published book about James Bowen and Bob the Cat. So I had to read this book because I enjoyed the movie. It was a good read about a recovering drug addict whose life turned around and the cat was a big factor with his recovery of being clean. Here's a favorite line of mine from the book: "Seeing me with my cat softened me in their eyes. It humanised me. Especially after I'd been so dehumanised. In some ways it was giving me back my identity. I had been a non-person; I was becoming a person again." (pg. 91)

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happycanuck
Aug 24, 2016

Really widens one's perspective on street people. Not wonderful writing style but personable and good enough to hold your interest well. Leaves you feeling inspired and happy.

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ef434
Jun 13, 2016

Great story and the best part is that the cat still lives!

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heinrij
Dec 22, 2015

I loved this book and it is definitely a "G"

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May 31, 2017

"Seeing me with my cat softened me in their eyes. It humanised me. Especially after I'd been so dehumanised. In some ways it was giving me back my identity. I had been a non-person; I was becoming a person again." (pg. 91)

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