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The Cat Who Went to Heaven
Transcript of The Cat Who Went to Heaven
The Cat Who Went
By Monica Ealey
This book is not as popular (and probably never will be) as other novels such as the Lord of the Rings series, Harry Potter series, The Giver, Star Wars collection or Hunger Games books, so it hasn't really had the chance to change society, even though it was published eighty-three years ago. It might have been read much more when it was first published back in the 1930's, and its I read through some book reviews for The Cat Who Went to Heaven and most of the reviews were positive, although there were some negative. I think that people who read this book understand things better and have been given some insight on different perspectives from a different type of lifestyle and religion. They get to see things through the eyes of the poor Buddha artist, which had once known a wealthy life, Good Fortune, the former fisherman's cat, and possibly even the humble housekeeper. Some people that read this book liked it a lot and read the story again and found it very entertaining.
Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth was born in 1893, in Buffalo, New York, to a wealthy family. Her family traveled a lot, and they went to the Egyptian Desert and the Alps before she was five. When Elizabeth was 18, her father died, and her family had to sell their home. In 1915, she graduated from Vassar College with her MA. After her graduation, she traveled in Asia for a year by herself. Along the way, she recorded many of her memories from her travels, and The Cat Who Went to Heaven is a reflection of a memory Elizabeth had of a Buddhist painter and his cat. During the year 1923, she published her first book, titled Fox Footprints. In 1927, Elizabeth published her first children's book titled, The Cat and the Captain. One year after she married Henry Beston in 1928, they had their first daughter, Meg/Margaret, and moved to a cottage in Cape Cod. Two years after they moved, their second daughter, Catherine/Kate (Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth Papers, 1900-1985.) was born. After Catherine was born, Elizabeth's family moved to Maine for good. After moving to Maine, Elizabeth was inspired to write more books, and she even learned how write in different books for all ages, but mostly children's books. When her husband died in 1968, Elizabeth continued to write and travel. She passed away in 1986 and was buried next to her husband. Over her life time, she published over 90 books and never had problems with a publisher (ElizabethCoatsworth.).
This book was interesting to read because of the characters and the stories of Buddha. The plot line of this book was very simple, but there was not really any climax and the book was very slow on getting to the climax. I read some interviews online for this book and most people that read the book liked it. There were a few people that did not like this book because the book was slow and dull. Most people liked reading it because of the animals and the themes and morals from the stories. Some people, including me, don't know exactly why they chose to read this book, but still enjoyed reading it and rereading it, and don't know why they liked The Cat Who Went to Heaven ("The Cat Who Went to Heaven.").
I liked reading this book because I was learning about a different culture and understanding of things from someone else perspective. When I was really into this book, I imagined myself almost being the artist.
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The Cat Who went to heaven was first published in 1930. The 1930's was very bouncy. Something good would happen, then a bad thing would happen. Some of the events that happened were bad and/or good depending on who you were. There were a couple events that may have inspired Elizabeth to write and publish The Cat Who Went to Heaven. The discovery of King Tut's tomb, the invention of talking movies, Time magazined founded, A. A. Milne publishing Winnie the Pooh, BBC founded and Byrd and Bennett flying over the South pole may have influenced Elizabeth. Byrd and Bennett and Kings Tut's tomb discovery might have encouraged her to write about her travels. And of course, Time Magazine and BBC being founded and Milne publishing Winnie the Pooh ("1930s Timeline") may have inspired her to write and publish The Cat Who Went to Heaven. I think she had the kind of attitude that's was if other people are doing it, why can't I? I don't think that The Cat Who Went to Heaven was influenced very much by the things going on during this period.
This book wasn't really set in a specific time period that is easily recognizable, but from reviews I read, most people that had read this book said they imagined it to be set during the 19th century. I had imagined it to be set more during the 16 and 1700's, but pictured it differently when I read the reviews.
I think this book deserves a Newbery Award because of the characters. Elizabeth described her characters very well. I could imagine them very vividly, with a little help of the pictures. Nearly all of Elizabeth's characters had unique traits. The Cat Who Went to Heaven is a very good book because of the way the stories are told. Elizabeth gave me enough details that I could imagine almost all the animals and humans, as if they were in front of me, but simple enough so I couldn't handle it. I would read this book again, I wouldn't read a lot though because this book is slow and most of the book just tells stories of Buddha and his death, and the animals that went to his funeral. I wouldn't recommend this book for people who don't like slow books. Although, I would recommend this book for people who like animals and history. I liked this book because of the stories. The stories were detailed and can teach the reader a lesson, if the reader is willing to accept whatever lesson that they take in from reading this book..
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As I was reading this book, I was having a hard time finding themes from this book, but I found some themes. The biggest theme I pulled from this book is
. Throughout this book, Good Fortune is determined to watch the artist finish the painting, so she hardly eats and 'gives' her food to the artist so he can keep up his strength and finish the painting for the village temple. This theme also shows in the story of the buffalo when he pulls one hundred carts packed full of heavy stones for his master, even after he fails the first time and his master threatens him.
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Another theme I found was
not believing that something is of value before you have had a chance to see what it is worth
. This theme happened even before even began reading this book. I thought this book was going to be kind of slow, dull, and boring, and that it was going to tell about the cats life and what the cat did and the cat died, the end, sort of thing, but even though I didn't feel like reading it sometimes, I read the whole thing and found out that the book wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
This theme shows in the very first of the book when the housekeeper goes to buy some food for herself and the artist, but instead buys a cat. She takes the cat home and when the artist finds out that she did not buy any food. but instead of a cat (which is something that was just not done in their culture) and the artist yells and scolds the housekeeper for bringing home the cat before he even gets to know anything about the cat, making the housekeeper becomes ashamed of herself. The artist becomes very embarrassed when he finds out that it is a cat with three colors, which can bring good fortune, thus the cat being named Good Fortune.