Cat Country

Cat Country

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When a traveller from China crash-lands on Mars, he finds himself in a country inhabited entirely by Cat People. Befriended by a local cat-man, he becomes acquainted with all aspects of cat-life: he learns to speak Felinese, masters cat-poetry, and appreciates the narcotic effects of the reverie leaf - their food staple. But curiosity turns to despair when he ventures further into the heart of the country and the culture, and realizes that he is witnessing the bleak decline of a civilization.Cat Country, Lao She's only work of science fiction, is both a dark, dystopian tale of one man's close encounter with the feline kind and a scathing indictment of a country gone awry.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 201 x 15mm | 218g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Translation
  • 0143208128
  • 9780143208129
  • 192,807

About Lao She

Lao She was born in Beijing in 1899 and later studied in London where he developed an appetite for English literature. Many of his works are considered modern Chinese classics, loved by generations of readers for his unique literary style and deft use of humor. His career saw the creation of works ranging from the local, Rickshaw Boy - about the moral degradation of a Beijing rickshaw puller, to the science fiction classic, Cat Country, and the much loved play, Teahouse.
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Review quote

Fascinating . . . a work fuelled by specifically Chinese concerns (the leaves function in Martian history much as opium did in China's) and shaped by China's literary past (the Chinese canon includes tales of travelers to distant lands encountering curious customs and marvelous sights), yet written by a worldly author fond of Conrad and Swift . . . makes an ideal companion piece to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four . . . in Cat Country, the greatest fear is of a culture and people being annihilated as a government too divided and weak to stand up for itself proves unable to protect a land from brutal invaders -- Jeffrey Wasserstrom * The Times Literary Supplement * A biting satire -- Jasper Becker
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Rating details

333 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 22% (72)
4 38% (127)
3 30% (101)
2 8% (25)
1 2% (8)
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