5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious and knowing survey of some of the feline population of New Orleans.
Jim Gabour seamlessly melds his love and curiosity about cats and his lived knowledge and appreciation of New Orleans into twenty stories filled with wry observations and amusing narration, much of which comes from the felines themselves.. The city is a perfect and unique setting for a chronicle whose main characters are most concerned with creature comforts, birds, dinner and certain objects of mystery. As New Orleans is a mixture of old and new, high and low, Gabour allows us to enjoy its limitless charms
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful.
I read one of these stories whenever I need a mood enhancer. Each vignette is a charming. I have gotten 3 more copies to give to friends.
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
Loved the many different stories! Led to an understanding of the many varied and delightful personalities among felines.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful!
Excellent read even for non-cat people! The illustrations are wonderful!!
5.0 out of 5 stars The cat’s meow!
Thoroughly enjoyed the whimsical stories and art that make up Meow, Monsieur! Highly entertaining.
5.0 out of 5 stars The author/artist
Excellent and fun read!
5.0 out of 5 stars you don’t have to be a cat person to enjoy this
New Orleans was settled 300 years ago by French people who brought their cats with them. The French settlers were eventually outnumbered by Americans and others, but the cats, according to Jim Gabour, remained French. Today’s descendants of those original cats are the characters of this book, and while they live among a population of humans that is a vivid cross-section of American citizenry, the cats are still French. This is not a bunch of cute stories about cats. It’s a window into the minds and souls of creatures who co-habit the city of New Orleans with people and other animals (inexplicably subservient leashed dogs, for example) whom they observe and analyze according to their own unique world of reasoning and experience. This world is so cleverly drawn that you have to wonder how Gabour knows so much about the lives of cats. His French felines are not a bunch of anthropomorphic creatures with simplified or exaggerated human qualities, they’re the inhabitants of another universe described in wonderfully crafted writing that’s by turns, funny, poignant, acerbic, and heartfelt. Highly recommended for cat lovers or people who like good writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
If you’ve ever been to New Orleans and have lived amongst the locals as the cats do, you can see these these sassy characters come to life on the page as they sachet along and provide running commentary about the events of the day. Their opinions do not disappoint. The stories are as colorful as they are entertaining, and filled with cat-itude. A very fun read.