THE BARFORD CAT AFFAIR by P. H. H. Bryan

THE BARFORD CAT AFFAIR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Humans, from a cat's eye view, are the target for feline reprisals when the citizens of the English south midlands city of Barford are roused to view their pets as The Cat Peril and an anti-cat campaign starts. The hostility becomes so vicious that the cats are forced to band together and plan long range (the cessation of all vermin operations) and short term (to kill 2 ""housekeepers"" a week) reprisals. Told by one of the cats, this follows their victorious war of nerves for the mysterious murders and the terrorization by the rats, together with pressure from the powers that be outside of Barford, completely soften up the cats' housekeepers for their welcome return. This incorporates criticism and comparison of human qualities in educational, emotional, social and moral fields in many a discourse, indicts the weaknesses and the inconsistencies, and contrasts such fallible beings with their superior -- the cat. No Animal Farm in the political and literary sense, this keeps its claws sharp. Special.

Pub Date: April 11th, 1958
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman