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  • Paperback
  • 292 pages
  • Cleo
  • Helen Brown
  • English
  • 01 March 2017
  • 9780806533032

10 thoughts on “Cleo

  1. says:

    I was first captivated by the book Cleo when I unpacked it among the many others received that day at the bookstore I couldn t help but be instantly charmed by those brilliant green eyes as I removed the packing paper, however, I wasn t ready to read the book My mother had been extremely ill for months and really, I wasn t ready to read any book A week before my mother lost her battle with lung cancer, I bought Cleo and in the days that followed my mother s death, I sought solace in the only way a booklover can Cleo rekindled my passion for reading again.Helen s own loss and the brave ability to share her pain helped me find the healing light in the darkness of my own grief Reading Cleo comforted my sould, yes, I cried, but I also laughed and once again focused on the beauty of Life Although emotionally exhausted after reading Cleo, I was also elated.Cleo sits on the top of my bookself with my most treasured volumes Her green eyes welcome all who come into my home, naturally finding ...


  2. says:

    Helen Brown took her animal loving son Sam to see a litter of kittens as he badly wanted one for his upcoming tenth birthday The only kitten left is the runt, a tiny little scrap of black fur Naming her Cleo it is arranged that the kitten would be dropped off to Sam in a few months time when she was old enough to leave her mother.Sam s love and total fascination in animals leads to a horrific accident Shortly after his birthday while rushing an injured bird to a vet s, he runs out in front of a car and is killed The family is devastated for Helen the grief is almost too much to bear A few weeks later there is a knock on the door and Cleo is delivered Helen insists that the kitten be taken away as she is no longer wanted but when Helen turns around and sees her younger son Rob smiling and cuddling Cleo she agrees to keep the kitten Cleo is like a little whirlwind leaping from one moment of mischief to another, doing what comes naturally to kittens ruling the roost Yet in amongst the impishness, there is wisdom and co...


  3. says:

    The Book Report A family devastated by loss takes in a little black mutt kitten and learns, painfully and slowly and with much trouble, to live the lives they ve been allowed to keep despite the life that was lost Marriages begin and end, relationships resemble the ones they began as not at all, and through it all, for a remarkable twenty four years, a proud black cat runs the entire world from a succession of Kiwi then Aussie kitchens, living rooms, and Asian run delis One day she dies, and the pain of loss renews its hold on the current family configurationgently, clawlessly, and with a sense of the rightness of life even in the absence of our dearly, dearly beloved.My Review I know that the publisher feels this is superlative writing It s plenty good enough to tell the author s story It s not lighting up the literary firmament But the story is the star here It s touching and it s heartfelt it s amazing how honest one can feel the author being and it s quite endearing how exasperated this woman spends her life being wit...


  4. says:

    I debated between four versus five stars I went with the five for two reasons 1 I was dreading getting to the end and not being able to read That s a solid good reads endorsement, I d say 2 The Ms Brown s story truly made me stop and think about my life, what I consider important, how precious the gift of time is, etc Plus, the book did make me laugh out loud a few times that was when I wasn t snickering over the antics of Cleo the cat Even , I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I m not a cat person dogs rule , but I sure was sad I never had a chance to meet Cleo.I considered reading this with my kindergartner, but the quick reality check on just how fleeting life can be stopped me, especially since I didn t know how it would play out I think most of it is child appropriate, though, so we could always keep that part succinct and d...


  5. says:

    Yet another book that I tried really hard to like When the author is talking about Cleo, the book gets interesting, even if she does anthropormorphise her pet Otherwise, there s plenty of self pity, whining, and a backhanded slap to the good people of Christchurch, New Zealand While I can understand the author is understandably grief stricken and mourning at the loss of her eldest son, she also fails to see th...


  6. says:

    I started off really liking this book, but about halfway through, the focus changed It became less about how Cleo helped the family and about Brown s divorce and second marriage Cleo was thrown in the scene a few times, but it felt disjointed and forced I was so disillusioned with it that I actually stopped reading about 75 pages from the end After a few months I picked it up again and finished readi...


  7. says:

    I love reading books about cats and enjoyed this one about the wonderful Cleo who helped a family from New Zealand to recover from the tragic death of their eldest son, and subequent difficult family times Cleo was ...


  8. says:

    Cleo The Cat Who Mended a Family by Helen Brown 292 pages On January 21, 1983 a tragedy would occur to Helen Brown and her family her 9 year old son would be killed when he was run over by a car A couple weeks later Cleo, a rambunctious little kitten would enter their world and change it for the better She would be there to comfort them through the death of Sam She would also be there to witness divorces, kids, marriage, and much This book was suggested to me by my therapist I have two things in common with this woman I lost my son given, in a very different matter but the loss of a child is the loss of a child and have my cat who has been a great relief to me through this year I actually have two cats but only one likes to acknowledge my existence without the assistance of food being involved The day I went into labor, it as was if my cat knew something was wrong before I did He laid his paw gently on stomach and wouldn t leave my side but would never lay on me as I was in terrible pain After coming home from the hospital, he stuck by my side and 10 months later continues to be a great source of comfort I really enjoyed and appreciated this book so much What this w...


  9. says:

    Such a lovely little read which turned out to be a lot than the back cover suggests Over the years I have read various columns penned by Helen Brown and enjoyed her frank and honest style The idea of a whimsical read about her cat seemed just the ticket uh wrongYes it is a memoir and yes it is woven around the long and eventful life of a captivating cat named Cleo What this book really is, is the appropriate way for a master word smith to sort out and make sense of a huge loss Helen s life like all of ours has had its ups and downs How we deal with them is our own unique stamp and the learning acquired through adversary also very personal In this book she has given me a snippet of hers and in doing so allowed me to shuffle things in mine That she could be so brave to put herself out there offering hope to others yet inevitably be open criti...


  10. says:

    Non ci sono cambiamenti nella vita di un gatto.Solo avventure.Ho deciso che non legger pi libri sugli animali, o almeno ci prover Io e Marley me lo aveva fatto capire, ma io sono un tipo da gatti, quindi questo libro mi ha tentata troppo Non avrei dovuto leggerlo Prima cosa, la storia del gatto un sottofondo A me non interessa niente sapere qualcosa dell egoista protagonista, che se ne infischia di tutti e, dopo la perdita del figlio, dice al marito di smettere di piangere l unica volta che si lascia andare ai sentimenti Non me ne importa niente del suo nuovo toy boy Philip o dei 160 figli che ha, che vorrebbe avere, che muoiono etc a me interessa sapere qualcosa sul gatto Ho letto il libro solo per lei Sapevo che sarebbe morta alla fine, ma ho sperato che il l...


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CleoWe Re Just Going To Look Helen Brown Had No Intention Of Adopting A Pet When She Brought Her Sons, Sam And Rob, To Visit A Friend S New Kittens But The Runt Of The Litter Was Irresistible, With Her Overlarge Ears And Dainty Chin.When Cleo Was Delivered Weeks Later, She Had No Way Of Knowing That Her New Family Had Just Been Hit By A Tragedy Helen Was Sure She Couldn T Keep Her Until She Saw Something She Thought Had Vanished From The Earth Forever Her Son S Smile The Reckless, Rambunctious Kitten Stayed.Through Happiness And Heartbreak, Changes And New Beginnings, Cleo Turned Out To Be The Unlikely Glue That Affectionately Held Helen S Family Together Rich In Wisdom, Wit, Heart, And Healing, Here Is The Story Of A Cat With An Extraordinary Gift For Knowing Just Where She Was Needed Most A Remarkable Memoir.I Realized That Helen Brown Didn T Break My Heart At All She Opened It Beth Hoffman, New York Times Bestselling Author Of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt An Absolute Must Cat World The Next Marley Me Even Non Cat Lovers Will Be Moved Good Housekeeping


About the Author: Helen Brown

Helen Brown was born and brought up in New Zealand, where she first worked as a journalist, TV presenter, and scriptwriter Now living in Melbourne, Australia, with her family and their blog obsessed cat Jonah, Helen continues to write columns for the New Zealand and Australian media She s been voted Columnist of the Year several times.Helen s memoir CLEO rose to the top of the bestseller list in