Book Review: The Feline Comedy by Maria Ivana Trevisani Bachcategories: Book, Adolescent, Nature, Cats, Ecologie, Philosophy, Giordano Bruno, Pedagogy, Environmental Ethics, Pet Therapy, Edutainement, Animated Film, Fantasy
Maria Ivana Trevisani Bachabout this book: Basically it is a fantasy novel in the Harry Potter style: in it, magic, fantasy and mystery are intertwined, even though it's definitely new as for content, characters and atmosphere.
The fantastic journey narrated in this formation novel (Bildungsroman) helps young people become champions of environmental ethics and provides some stimulating input for an unusual and creative approach to the matter.
With the magic cat Mozòt, the two protagonists, Martina and Leonardo, embark toward the "Feline Hyperuranium". Like a modern counsellor, Mozòt evokes the youngsters' potential by leading them through fantastic adventures and difficult trials, and manages to lift them from a state of sadness and adolescent insecurity to one of self-awareness and serenity. In short, an unusual Pet Therapy.
A trip to a hypothetical feline universe where the history of the relationship man-cat is retraced, from the Goddess Mother to the magical world of the feline gods in Egypt, Northern Europe, India and Japan. Along their journey, the protagonists will meet too the cats of celebrities and famous artists of the past.
The journey ends in a "Feline Paradise" where the cat of the philosopher Giordano Bruno, like a new Virgil, acts as a guide for the two children. He charges the young people, who have yet to develop their ideals, with a veritable 'mission' : to become the "Voice of Nature" and to testify for the rights of all living beings who have no voice.
This novel is also suitable for an adult public, because inspires reflections and emotions to share with children and grandchildren.
In my opinion, this book is suitable for the international market, given the enormous number of cat lovers in the world.
The story, for its twists and for the particularity of its images, is also suitable for being transformed into a live-action/ animated film
The book contains over 200 links to online resources, for additional insight into formative and educational topics. For this reason, the novel straddles the border between fiction and non-fiction, and is recommended for interactive use in a scholastic context.
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The translator's opinionI found this a truly inspiring, moving book. As well as a wealth of cultural references and of amusing, colourful images personally created by the author, it offers food for thought for readers of any age. Warmly recommended to cat lovers, and to all those who agree that looking after the environment should be a major item on our agenda. [by Sarah Jane Webb]
Video: Book Trailer "The Feline Comedy by Mozòt"
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