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Cats can be funny sometimes

Occasionally, you discover something about your cat that you hadn't known previously - e.g., I've just found out that Manasse likes green olives! And I mean, like like.

I'd been stoning some for my lunch; then later, settled down on the settee to read the last few chapters of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, a delightful book that I can recommend to anyone, about a Bengali boy growing up in America, when suddenly, Manasse began to nibble on my fingers. And not just nibble -- he licked and bit and rubbed his face against them, and when his attentions became unbearable, I saw no other option but to put my book down and sit on my hands. Undeterred, Manasse proceeded to try and dig them out from under me. I couldn't see what might explain his behaviour until I remembered I'd been handling the olives earlier. So I got up and got him a little plate of them. He's been making passionate love to these olives for the last 20 minutes, and it doesn't look as if he's going to stop any time soon! Although, judging from the sorry state of them, he's going to have to...

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gamiila
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:04 am (UTC)
I love these 'petit histoires', the descriptions of everyday lives; and in this case, the glimpses into another culture and the alienation and displacement felt by the second generation of the family. Ms. Lahiri has a very fluid style of writing that appeals to me as well, and so far, this book is definitely the best I've read all year! ;-)