Cats in Love (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/5/18
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Now available in the same cute-as-a-kitten paperback format as the immensely popular Cats in the Sun (0-8118-1093-3) and Kittens in the Sun (0-8118-3905-2), Hans Silvester's latest reveals the full wealth and intensity of feline affection: from the amorous prowl of a tomcat to the motherly tenderness of a tabby, from the playful nips of tussling kittens to siblings curled up in a nap. Set against the idyllic whitewashed villages of the Mediterranean, Cats in Love will delight fans of Silvester's previous works and charm softies of every stripe.
Hans Silvester is an award-winning photographer of cats. A follower of the feline tribe for decades, Silvester lives in Provence, France.
If you just can't get enough cats, you need this book!
The beauty of this book is in Sylvester's ability to convey feline temperament, mood, attitude, guile, poise, and grace in every frame. Most people who love cats admire their range of physical expressions of mood, from facial expressions to body language. Here Silvester captures all of the moods related to feline affection beautifully. The cats come across not so much as mere animals, but as loving, caring beings that have a wide range of emotions, which is of course one of many reasons that humans love cats so much.
Although it definitely is a part of feline affection, my only criticism of the book would be the inclusion of a couple of photographs of cats actually mating. I don't object to this out of prudishness, but that those photos tend to damage the mood of the rest of the book: going from love and sensuality to a more overt, biological look at the mechanics of feline reproduction, which is not what the book is really about. Fortunately there are only a couple of these examples, yet their presence is the sole reason that I didn't give this otherwise very worthy book five stars.
For a cat lover, or anyone who admires beautiful photography, this book would be hard to beat, and I highly recommend it.