The Wildings

The Wildings

eBook - 2016
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A thrillingly original story of the adventures of a small band of feral cats in Delhi who communicate by whisker mind-link, and face an unprecedented threat to their tribe's survival; for readers of Life of Pi and Philip Pullman. In the labyrinthine alleys and ruins of Nizamuddin, an old neighbourhood in Delhi, India, lives a small band of cats. Miao, the clan elder, a wise, grave Siamese; Katar, loved by his followers and feared by his enemies; Hulo, the great warrior tom; Beraal, the beautiful queen, swift and deadly when challenged; Southpaw, the kitten whose curiosity can always be counted on to get him into trouble... Unfettered and wild, these and the other members of the tribe fear no one, go where they will, and do as they please. Until one day, a terrified orange-coloured kitten with monsoon green eyes and remarkable powers lands in their midst--the first in a series of extraordinary events that threatens to annihilate them and everything they hold dear.The Wildings is a gorgeous evocation of Delhi, a love paean to cats and a rich, often savage tale of survival and conquering one's fears.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780345812636
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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variegata
Jan 25, 2018

I loved this book and read the sequel too. They are really one book. One person referred to this as light reading. I would disagree in part. Certainly there are light parts, but there are also some very disturbing parts. For example, I could have done without the evil cats in the shuttered house telling a cat who got chased into it by a dog, but was rescued and freed by the human, about how they tormented and killed a luckless young tom who fell through the roof and broke his leg. I had to put the book down for several days. I therefore would not recommend this book as light reading about kittycats for children, or anyone who is quite sensitive and loves cats. Given that warning, you can always skip over that part (pp.83-86), and enjoy some fantastic writing and storytelling about the powers and adventures of a cat colony in Delhi. Obviously I enjoyed it on the whole or I wouldn't have gone on to read the sequel, The Hundred Names of Darkness. The author tells street cat life as it is, from violence to dearest companionship and caring. Nilanjana Roy is a highly original writer.

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loamanda
Nov 15, 2016

I love cats and I love reading about cats with their natural, varying attitudes and personalities. The Wildings had a nice set of personalities in the cats that made me care about what happened to them throughout the book. Even the choice of words for each cat seems catered to their distinct selves. I would definitely recommend this as a light, happy read. This book made me smile a lot.

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feyfriend
Aug 14, 2016

A really good story, well wrought characters. She has a wonderful eye for the atmospheric details of place, so exotic to me, but it was like I was transported to Delhi among plants I've never seen and animals I've never heard. Glad to have found this.

GSPLanna Mar 29, 2016

A great story told from the perspective of cats living in India. Really makes you wonder what your pets are really doing!

d2013 Jan 29, 2016

Delightful read!

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