Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Old Man and the Cat by Nils Uddenberg

That cat in the photo on the cover of Nils Uddenberg's The Old Man and the Cat isn't the only appealing part of this translated memoir. Let's start with the subtitle, "A Love Story". The sketches in the book are enchanting. The story is just delightful.

Nils Uddenberg is a retired professor of psychology in Sweden. His memoir tells of a new introduction to his family when he was in his seventies. Uddenberg had vowed never to own a pet. He and his wife traveled frequently, and owned homes both in Lund and Stockholm. But, one winter, a small cat showed up, sleeping in the garden shed. And, the Uddenbergs made the mistake of feeding the cat. Fortunately for the two travelers, their daughter agreed to joint custody while they were in Stockholm. Because, the professor would "eventually come down with cat". He fell in love.

As a psychologist, Uddenberg can't resist studying and analyzing the behavior of the cat they called Kitty. He enjoys speculating on Kitty's past. Where did she come from? What was her life like before she showed up in their shed? And, why would she disappear for long periods of time, leaving him with a feeling of emptiness when she disappeared.

The Old Man and the Cat combines Uddenberg's musings, his observations, and the lessons learned while learning to live with a cat. Add those teasing drawings featuring cats, and the book is charming.  Just what a cat lover wants, the story of a man unexpectedly falling in love late in life. It's a sweet love story.

The Old Man and the Cat by Nils Uddenberg. Thomas Dunne Books. 2015. ISBN 9781250059758 (hardcover), 176p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.


Libby Dodd said...

Because, the professor would "eventually come down with cat". He fell in love.

How utterly charming.

Lesa said...

It is, Libby. The entire book as he observes Kitty is charming.

Beth Hoffman said...

This sounds like a darling story, and I'm adding it to my list right now. Happy weekend and hugs to you and the kitties, Lesa!

Lesa said...

I thought of you when I wrote the review, Beth. I know you'll enjoy the book. Happy Sunday!

Clea Simon said...

I love when thoughtful people succumb "to cat." This sounds wonderful. Thanks for drawing it to my attention, Lesa.

Lesa said...

You succumbed to cat a long time ago, Clea, so you'll appreciate this book.

Ingrid King said...

This is a very sweet book. Even though I found myself a little impatient with the professor at times because he took so long to figure out that he loved Kitty, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.