Sunday, November 27, 2016

Catology, by Adrian Searle and Oliver Ninnis

Adrian Searle and Oliver Ninnis have observed that "cats are every in the venal, self-serving, indolent and utterly ruthless domestic squatters that they're made out to be," but "that's why we love them."  In Catology: Inside the Twisted Mind of Our Feline Friends, Searle and Ninnis reveal the inner workings, secrets plotting, and ulterior motives of cat personalities.  Their simple black and white illustrations, accompanied by the cats' narratives reveal what we have always known.  For example, of course our cats plot to eat us while we sleep.  And in case we survive, they will annoy you by sitting your face, keyboard, or wherever is least comfortable and convenient for you.

The illustrations and cat quotes are an uneven batch, ranging from very funny to ho-hum.  Cat lovers will enjoy Catology, but the real audience is cat owners who are cat haters, or maybe lovers of cat owners who can't understand why the cat lovers love cats.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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