Chinese Whiskers: A Novel
Chinese Whiskers by Pallavi Aiyar is a charming fable set against the landscape of contemporary Beijing, seen through the eyes of two cats.
Soyabean is a middle class cat looked after by a grandmother who embodies traditional Chinese morality. Tofu is born to a stray cat mother in a backyard dustbin. They are brought together when they are adopted by foreigners, who live in a traditional style courtyard house in Beijing's traditional hutong neighborhoods. Then Soyabean is offered a job as a model for a new brand of cat food while at the same time a mysterious virus is sickening people across the city. Cats are blamed for it and are being rounded up, and Soyabean and Tofu's idyllic lives as pampered pets come to an abrupt end.
Interweaving real episodes in recent Chinese history such as the Olympic Games, the SARS virus, and tainted pet-food scandals with a richly imagined world, this heartwarming story of cats and humans does what W. Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose did for canines. It will make you laugh and tear up, while showing the battles fought between the corruption of modern living and the ideals of traditional life.
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Chinese WhiskersUser Review - Pamela O'Sullivan - Book Verdict
Two Chinese cats—one born on the streets, the other to an orderly middle-class life—find their lives intertwined when they are adopted by the same couple. Told from the felines' point of view, the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - librarianlk - LibraryThing
Two cats in China pair up to foil human plot to poison felines. Read full review