Item description for Cairo Cats by Lorraine Chittock...
Far from being pampered house pets, the cats of Cairo are street-smart survivors who roam freely throughout the city. However, their ancestors in ancient Egypt were revered as gods and were so beloved that they were portrayed in statues and jewelry. In subsequent centuries, the tradition of adoring cats continued and today, as Lorraine Chittock's captivating photographs display, the mystique of the cat lives on. Discover your cat's Egyptian heritage in this delightful gift book, which pays homage to the special and timeless bond that Egyptians have with the cat in the ever-changing city of Cairo. Rambling through mosques and markets, Lorraine Chittock, a cat-lover-cum-photographer, searched Cairo's nooks and crannies for city-savvy felines, becoming a wildlife tracker in an urban environment. The resulting photographs are remarkable for their spontaneity and often whimsical sensitivities to both feline and human body language. Each intimate and thoughtprovoking photograph is complemented by an apposite literary passage, tempting the reader to explore tidbits of folklore, religion, and poetry from Egypt and the Arab world, while giving insights into an animal that has inspired fascinating tales for at least five thousand years.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 8.3" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9771724312 ISBN13 9789771724315
Reviews - What do customers think about Cairo Cats?
In Praise of Cairo Cats Nov 18, 2006
Following is a verbatim passage from a recent e-mail message I sent to Cairo Cats mastermind and photographer, Lorraine Chittock. She suggested that I post it on this site, which I am happy to do. I actually purchased the earlier edition of Cairo Cats from this site, which is quite similar to the new 2006 volume, but not as good, in my opinion. There are some new images in the new edition, the text font and text color are better, and I even think the coloration on the wonderful images is more robust and eye-popping in the new edition. Also, the new edition is printed in Cairo, which adds character and authenticity as far as I'm concerned. The reason I became interested in the Cairo Cats volume was to provide background, reality, and a worldwide viewpoint to a Breed Booth display for a large, well attended international cat show. Our breed, the Somali, claims the North African geographical area and the ancient Egyptian culture as part of its "Creation Mythology". Cairo Cats helps present the Somali legend to the public, and provides context and an enjoyable reference book for the breeders represented by our display.
>These artful, captivating, intriguing images from a distant, exotic >land will hopefully provide depth and background to our exhibit >for the 2006 CFA International Show. Your volume illustrates >a culture with perhaps the world's premier claim to a long and >sincere Cat Fancy tradition. Both ancient and modern >manifestations of Egyptian Cat Fancy are beautifully presented. >Thoughtful readers can meditate on poetic Egyptian quotations >spanning four millenia. There is much to value and appreciate >in your Cairo Cats volume, Lorraine. I feel very lucky to be >able to offer it to a broad audience, some of whom will >deeply appreciate its rich cross-cultural offering.
The Perfect Gift Book!! Aug 5, 2006
An inspiring book, that captures the true essence of Cairo, one of the world's most incredible cities. The pictures range from amusing, to awe-inspiring to poignant. Cat lovers and anyone with an interest in Egypt will absolutely cherish this one-of-a-kind book.
An enduring book Aug 3, 2006
Cairo Cats is highly professional but down-to-earth, with enchanting images, arresting quotations and an illuminating introduction. It helps us expand our understanding of the world and its creatures. Enough to make a non-cat person like me into a cat lover.
Paradise for Cat Lovers. Plus, cat poetry, cat proverbs, cat prayers... Aug 2, 2006
Poetry by cool cats such as Naomi Shihab Nye and Nizar Qabbani, inscriptions from The Prophecies of Neferti, cat fiqh from Aisha and Imam al-Shafii (is that not delightful?), Persian folk sayings, Turkish proverbs, cat wisdom from Afghanistan, cat notes from Egyptian Nobel Laureate novelist Naguib Mahfouz. Cat calligraphy! "Qitt" with an inky tail!
All arranged amid lush, delightful cat photos: Cat among the Pharoahs, cat goddesses and gods, cat on a Persian rug, cats making careful cat-ablutions, cats on Cairo streetcorners, cat in a coffeeshop, the cat and the copper tray.
What a GEM!
Perfect for any cat lover who wants something a little different Jun 23, 2006
CAIRO CATS are street-smart, hold a fine lineage, and are not to be treated the same way as your typical Western cat: that's the message in the blend of history and pet insights of CAIRO CATS: EGYPT'S ENDURING LEGACY, which uses the backdrop of Cairo to explore the cats through verse and prose alike. Lovely photos display the cats against fine Egyptian scenes while descriptions draw readers in. Perfect for any cat lover who wants something a little different.