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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Cat at the Wall - Deborah Ellis

"…If people insist on shooting other people, they should do it quietly so that a cat can have a decent nap…"

I'm not a cat fan.  I like them, but they are too stuck up and moody for my liking.  Is this why the main character Clare has been reincarnated as a cat, because they are so unlikable?  I'm sure cat lovers would strongly disagree.  I mean no disrespect, but Clare is a bit of a jerk.  Now she is in the middle of a war between 2 groups of people who believe so strongly that the other side is fundamentally in the wrong.  

It's interesting that Clare the Cat is a character that can see both sides of this conflict and really has no vested interest in either side.  She just wants to survive and find something to eat.  Is she at the wall to do a good deed in order to gain entrance into heaven?  Is she in a coma having a crazy dream?  Is she being punished for all her bad behaviour back at home?  

Maybe I'm not smart enough to figure this out!  I did enjoy this very different novel and I believe the novel could be a good starting point for a discussion on Israeli/Palestinian relations. 

I also would welcome a discussion on Clare when she was a young American girl.  Fundamentally mean, I did not enjoy her at all.  I was glad she was starving and basically running for her life.  She was beyond the typical mean girl.  Was she just a girl needing her parents attention? (insert big sigh- am I going to end up liking her and ultimately become a cat fan?)

The Desiderata poem was an piece to the puzzle.  Does its presence in both the past and present mean that Clare is still alive?  Is she dreaming about the poem?  Has she been placed here to meet the young boy who recites this poem for comfort when it had been a source of angst for her?  It is up for interpretation in my opinion. 

A muli-layered read for sure! 

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