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The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Power of Meow, by David Michie

saschaotoole's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful informative inspiring reflective relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

nityareads's review against another edition

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inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

delicious's review against another edition

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inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75

 This is one of the stranger books I have read. I picked this up at my local Oxfam, when I saw the cover. I am a huge cat-lover and knew I had to get it, having not even read the blurb.

Turned out that this is the third book in a series, but I could read it just fine on it's own. It's about His Holiness's Cat (HHC), a cat who is the companion of the Dalai Lama. Throughout the 10 chapters, there isn't really a plot, it's more like things happening to the people around HHC's life, but not all of them are connected or even feel relevant. These events happen, so the author can fit in different quotes and analyses on meditation and the mind, which I don't really mind, but it feels a bit like I am being force-fed.

This cat thinks exactly like a human and at times I had forgotten, that I was even reading from a cat's point of view. I would have liked to see more catty behavior and how some of these lessons might fit better in a cats life, more than it already did.

Overall I think it is a fine book and I will definitely look more into meditation after reading it, but I doubt I will pick up any more books in this series.

 

muggleborn's review against another edition

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5.0

"The mind is like a garden," he told me. "You choose what to grow: weeds or flowers."

the_varying_hare's review

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inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

Pretty much standard fare for this series. A very quick read that isn't challenging or memorable, but is relaxing and fun while it takes place. Always happy to visit HHC for a couple of hours. 

eswee's review

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funny hopeful informative inspiring lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

I generally love books about cats or from cats perspective and this series is very enjoyable. I remember reading the first one and being surprised about how it was both informative as funny. The second one wasn't bad, but did resonate less with me. And now I have finally picked read the third, which was again a treat to read! Sure, of course some things are exaggerated a bit but the overal lessons about mindfulness are intertwined nice with the stories and adventures of His Holiness Cat. The book in itself is relaxing and the character building through out the series is fun to follow. I'm not sure what a fourth of this series should be about, but I wouldn't mind reading more from these characters!

sarahgb's review against another edition

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4.0

Lovely, lovely book. Third in the series and written from the perspective of Rinpoche, the Dalai Llama's cat. Funny, cheeky and very entertaining, we follow Rinpoche's journey to becoming a more "mindful" cat through the power of meow.

booksareteachers's review against another edition

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5.0

Vtipné, chytlavé a povznášející :-) A moudré.
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