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ISBN: 1582340544
Author: Clare de Vries
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (November 13, 1999)
Pages: 313
Category: Professionals & Academics
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.3
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Clare de Vries fulfills her dream of traveling the States when she decides to quit London with her ailing, beloved cat, Claudius, for a final fling (he wouldn't be allowed back into the UK without a six-month quarantine, so they decide to spend his final months on the road.

Clare de Vries fulfills her dream of traveling the States when she decides to quit London with her ailing, beloved cat, Claudius, for a final fling (he wouldn't be allowed back into the UK without a six-month quarantine, so they decide to spend his final months on the road.

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Clare De Vries - Intelligent, beautiful and just a little bit crazy. One of the few sane males in the entire book and the only male that Clare loves unreservedly

Clare De Vries - Intelligent, beautiful and just a little bit crazy.

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Clare de Vries dreamed of chucking in her job and Thelma and Louise-ing it around the United States. Which is exactly what she did. Except that Louise was her nineteen-year-old chocolate brown Burmese cat Claudius. The unlikely couple even learnt to read a map. Product Identifiers. Bloomsbury Publishing.

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Clare de Vries dreamed of quitting her job and Thelma and Louise-ing it across the United States. Except that Louise was her 19 year old Burmese cat Claudius

Clare de Vries dreamed of quitting her job and Thelma and Louise-ing it across the United States. Then one day, she did. Except that Louise was her 19 year old Burmese cat Claudius. An unpredictable road trip, and an unlikely travelogue, I and Claudius takes the reader from celebrity pet hair stylists in New York to brown bears in the Appalachians, from astronauts in Nashville to voodoo snakes in New Orleans to psychic cowboys in Texas.

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Clare de Vries dreamed of quitting her job and Thelma and Louise-ing it. .Except that Louise was her 19 year old Burmese cat Claudius

Clare de Vries dreamed of quitting her job and Thelma and Louise-ing it across the United States. It is a hilarious book about an intrepid young woman in pursuit of a dream, and the quirky love she has for her cat.

Clare de Vries is a freelance journalist and travel writer, and the author of I & Claudius. Praise for I & Claudius: 'Saucy, racy, pleasingly impolit. hink Thelma and Louise, only starring Bridget Jones and Morris the Ca. – Mademoiselle

Clare de Vries is a freelance journalist and travel writer, and the author of I & Claudius. – Mademoiselle. A very enjoyable and unpredictable memoi. nyone who has ever loved a cat will enjoy this engaging narrative. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Clare de Vries fulfills her dream of traveling the States when she decides to quit London with her ailing, beloved cat, Claudius, for a final fling (he wouldn't be allowed back into the UK without a six-month quarantine, so they decide to spend his final months on the road...)

It was a bumpy, unpredictable ride from the dubious glamours of Manhattan down to the Appalachians, from the Smoky Mountains to Nashville. Graceland led to New Orleans where Voodoo did more for Claudius's kidneys than the vet could. Claude (to his friends) enjoyed Cajun music, Texas rodeo and trekked the Grand Canyon, indulging in Kentucky Fried Chicken along the way (hell, his days were numbered--might as well make the best of them...) At last, the Pacific wind in his whiskers, Claude wrapped up his five-month sojourn with Clare on a boat outside San Francisco. The characters along the way were a startling crew, from brown bear to astronaut, from psychic to porn star. And, as crazy as the idea may have seemed to start with, and crazier still to have followed through, at the story's center lay something deep and real about our dreams and loyalties and about going away to find out who we really are.

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Rasmus
At age 28, journalist Clare de Vries of England decides her life needs shaking up, so she embarks on an auto tour of the United States with her pet Burmese cat of 19 years, “Claude”. I & CLAUDIUS is their on-the-road story as they start out in Connecticut, then head south through New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana, then west through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern Nevada to the Pacific at Los Angeles, then finally north to the San Francisco Bay area. As Clare describes it early on, her route is a smiley face on a map of America.
Clare can be endearingly ditzy. At one point, she all but admits not knowing that cars need regular infusions of motor oil to run. She drives west ignorant of the difference between Las Vegas, NV and Las Vegas, NM until she arrives at the latter and can’t find the bright lights and casinos. She carries on imaginary conversations with Claudius, the back-and-forth repartee of which is recorded in the book as if she was talking to another human. She can also be infuriating. An understated need of her journey is to find Love, or at least Lust. Yet her taste in men is so abysmal that she consistently attaches herself to Complete Losers. .... She blames it on a fear of commitment. Only Claude has her heart.
Claudius, on the other hand, is the coolest feline on the planet. Perhaps it’s mellowness due to his advanced age (133 in human, biological clock years). I can’t even imagine my own cat, Trouble, sitting quietly on my lap for the entire duration of a western rodeo. Or on my lap in a 4-seater, light plane flying over the Grand Canyon abyss. Claudius manages every experience with aplomb, though his serene composure did crack a bit when faced with a bear noshing from his food dish.
I & CLAUDIUS is a touching and amusing travel essay, though the smiley face on Clare’s map is a bit forced at times due to her angst over what she expects to be her pet’s sooner-than-later demise. (He is, after all, 19 cat-years old.) Occasional crises, real or imagined, in Claude’s health are interspersed with droll car, motel (“No Pets Allowed”) and man problems. Indeed, it’s a minor miracle that Clare found time to enjoy any of America’s attractions. (Claudius apparently did. While on the road, he became addicted to KFC – regular, not spicy.) One of the funniest incidents is that of the Tarantula-Under-the-Car-Seat. (I was tempted to peer under the seat of my own sedan after that anecdote!) And the montage of color photos on the inside of both the front and back covers of the paperback edition is a very nice touch.
I unreservedly recommend this book to any cat owner whose pet is also a true pal. ....
avanger
I love this book. I've read it at least four times and never tire. This is going to be a present for a very dear friend of mine and I hope she loves the story as much as I do
Pumpit
Although Clare de Vries is a bit too snarky for stretches of this book, she is more often an extremely gifted writer and chronicle-maker. I bought I & Claudius because of the quotes on the cover -- more the "Thelma & Louise with a cat" than the "Hunter S. Thompson + Bridget Jones" one -- and then hoped it would be more like Steinbeck's Travels with Charley. And it was. Claudius, the venerable cat of the title, is a natural traveler, with plenty of attitude. And Clare, as his keeper and court scribe, does him considerable justice. I could have done without a lot of the Men Met On The Road information, but again, she more than made up for it with her sweet, splendid descriptions of Claudius and the changing landscape both of her heart and of the American roadside. There were also some incredibly funny moments having to do with both Clare's own wackiness and her Brit-out-of-water encounters with Americans. If you like cats or road trips, or especially both, this book will do you well.
Mpapa
Of course you will read all the other reviews here, and they are pretty right-on. Clare is a bit of a female Holden Caulfield; she is amusing and appealing while going through real trauma and not always behaving well. Unlike Holden of course, she is real and this is a true story. However, do not mistake "I & Claudius" for a how-to-travel-with-your-pet manual or a travel guide to the United States. This is HER story (and Claudius' ). I cried so when it ended-- because it was beautiful and because I was sorry it was over!
Siramath
Not one of the best travel-related pieces I've read. Driving alone, de Vries has no-one to play off against so in order to provide some dialogue, she makes constant references to conversations with her cat throughout the book. This is funny the first time but should be left as a one-off joke. De Vries flogs it until it become irritating to read.
In addition to this, I would assume large tracts are fictitious: the very odd-coincidencies, the almost-slapstick moment where she knocks an important boss into a pool, the 'stay with people after knowing them 10 minutes' etc. It can't have happened this way.
One for the cat lovers; for readers who like travel, try something else.

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