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REVIEW

"This book is very special."

Toby the Siamese cat finds himself struggling for survival in the Australian wilderness. He has no way of making it as humans have pampered him all his life. However, he meets up with a wild feline and has some of the best sex of his life. The next day humans find Roby returning him to civilization. Toby's evening in the wild leaves behind a pregnant cat. That child struggles for survival against his natural enemies with the worst being the Bushmen. It is through the eyes of this feline that we see the wild "world" of the Australian Outback where survival is a 24/7 occupation.

CAT TRACKS will remind readers of The Bear, as the book is predominately told through the eyes of Toby's offspring. Though fictionalized, the tale provides a non fiction account of surviving using the technique of personification so that the audience gets inside the cat and observes the wild through the feline's senses. Gordon Aalborg provides a charming survival of the fittest novel that brings alive the Outback as rarely seen in nonfiction let alone a novel.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 21, 2002

SUMMARY

A gripping epic of feline survival ...

The Australian feral cat is very much a product of human carelessness at best and callousness at worst. As truly wild as the great cats of Africa and Asia, the feral cat is perhaps the most successful predator in the Australian bush - and a growing threat to the rare native marsupials, birds and reptiles. Its agility, speed, hunting acumen and lack of natural predators make it one of that country's most destructive introduced species, and naturalists and conservationists see its eradication as vital but unlikely. Love it or hate it, the cat is a world-class survivor!

This is the story of such a cat, seen partly through the cat's own eyes and partly through those of an old bushman who is fascinated by a creature his logic tells him he should hate and despise. The cat's life-long fight for survival is an elemental story of the animal world, its interplay with the world of humans, and of the natural forces which shape both.

 

Cat Tracks
by Gordon Aalborg

Delphi Books
January 1, 2002
Available: January 31, 2002
ISBN #0966339762
EAN #9780966339765
192 pages
Hardcover
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