Epistle by Max Thompson is the latest in a series of fun cat memoirs written by handsome feline Max, aided and abetted by his human caregiver Karen. I follow Max’s blog and love reading his musings on life as a house cat. I was excited this morning when he announced that the digital version of his latest book was now available from Amazon – hard copy to follow soon – and immediately picked it up and devoured it. This particular instalment was written as a letter by Max (who is now a senior kitty) to his younger self giving his kitten self tips and tricks.
What I liked
The format. I felt this works very well. The letter to Young Max gives a cohesive structure and approach to the book. It contains a mixture of amusing and practical tips for Young Max, often ways of “persuading” the humans in the household to give him more food, as well as more philosophical thoughts on human nature. I am certain my cat has been talking to Max on the sly as she uses many of the same tricks. He also attempts to educate Young Max in his new role as a house cat – he is responsible for looking after the physical and emotional wellbeing of the humans. I’m not 100% convinced that this is truly altruistic – he does remind Young Max on more than one occasion that humans are needed to open the cans of stinky goodness.
The introduction from Buddah Pest. Max’s feline partner in crime, Buddah Pest, is a major part of Max’s life, yet we’ve heard very little from his point of view. It was really fun to hear from him in the foreword.
The humour. Max is hilarious. He has a unique way of looking at the world and I snorted several times reading his musings.
What I didn’t like
Repetition. Many of the events to which Max makes reference were already familiar to me from his previous books. Ah well. I suppose there are only a certain number of major happenings that can happen to one well loved kitty. Fortunately, the structure of explaining these to Young Max did add a bit of variety.
I would recommend Epistle – and Max’s other books to all cat lovers.
I gave Epistle four stars out of five
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