Thursday, 19 November 2015

A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets - James Bowen (book review)

I bought this book for my mom for christmas a few years back and I thought it was time for me to read it and review it

Story
When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.
Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.
Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts.
A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.

My thoughts
This book is a true story of a person who is recover from heroin addiction. this shows very well in the book and sure the book isnt the most well written book I have read but you have to see it for what it is. Its a story about how a cat could save one mans life. The language here is good but not excellent but that is also one of the strong points about this book because it feels real. A super well written book with good naratives and a lot of action would make the book less real and more like fiction. This is not fiction.

There is a lot going on in the story and still the story is very calm at the same time and that is someting I think you have to get used to when reading it. There will not be a lot of information about his addiction and how it felt and horrible stuff that a lot of people are looking for in books, because this book isnt about James addiction, its about his way to recovery and sure he thoughs the subject of drugs and how it felt but its not vivid explanations about how he got high and how it felt.

I enjoyed reading this book and I enjoy Bob. He is smart but then again he is a cat. I wouldnt say that he is the smartest or most uniqueue cat out there but there is something special about him. I have had cats and they have all been special and have some traits Bob has, and some he dont and he has something that they dont have. That is how it is. What I find so special about Bob the cat is how loyal he is. he has some traits that I find in dogs and not in any of the cats I have had.

This story is not for everyone and I have seen everything from bad reviews about how fake, badly written and even pet abuse to words of love and admiration. I admire James and Bob and I am happy they meet and got a chance to read this book. this is a fell good book that I enjoyed a lot. I know a lot of people will find hope in this book. I love how it shows how a singel animal, a pet, can chance the life of a person, and it does matter if you are a homeless drug addict trying to recover or the riches man in the world. The pet loves you and are there for you.

This book also put the lights on how it is to be homeless and how we as society can help and should help. We have all seen people that are homeless stand and sell the magazine and a lot of us have walked by without even looking and sometimes thinking that we will not sponsor their addiction. After reading this book, things like that get put in a different light and its not sponsoring an addiction, its about sponoring someone who wants to change their lives. I now stop and help, and buy the magazine whenever I can. I have done so in my home country, and in the country where I love even I dont speak the langauge. why? I want to help and give someone hope and this book has helped me to see that.

This book is now a few years old but thiss, the topic is very real and maybe even more important today than every. It is a good book and a lot of people can read it, everything from young adults to adults. The language makes it easy access and it gives hope.

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