That’s a quote from The Paradise of Cats, written by Emile Zola (born April 2nd, 1840 in Paris — died September 28th, 1902, Paris).
The Paradise of Cats written in 1864 by Emile Zola is the story of a fat, comfortable cat who longs to leave his luxurious life and run wild on Paris rooftops. Told in the cat’s own words, the cat soon discovers that life in the street is not as free and beautiful as he expected.
Zola was a French novelist, critic, and political activist who was considered one of the most prominent French novelist of the late 19th century.
Zola was recognized as one of the greatest novelist in Europe and as a man of action—a defender of truth and justice, a champion of the poor and persecuted. Crowds of mourners, both poor and prominent lined the streets to salute his passing casket. Today, his remains are in the Panthéon, placed alongside those of Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, and other French authors whose works changed the course of French history.
I found this story in an anthology titled, Puss in Boots. Edited by Elizabeth Drew and Michael Joseph. Copyright 1932 by Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. Many of my books are purchased from AbeBooks. If you have an interest in beautiful writing of old stories, I highly recommend this book.
The “Meows” for this episode are by Kitten Pidds. You may follow him, and all the podcast kitties on Instagram, and our icon cat, Harold-of-God. The cats are recorded using a Shure MV88 Digital Condenser Mic.
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