Cat Stories-Day Two
The Outback Cat
Banjo Paterson (1864 to 1917, New South Wales, Australia) is a great chronicler of life in the Australian outback (or bush country). Last year I did a series of posts on short stories by Australian Bush Writers. The short story was a very prevalent format in part because most of the stories were first published in weekly or monthly magazines that imposed length requirements. Additionally the original intended audience was not a leisured group so a short story suited their needs. Anyway I discovered about 10 new to me writers while exploring this very distinctive sub genre of the short story. I last posted on Paterson for The Reading Life Outback Tales Project in June of 2010 when I read "The Dog". "The Dog" is a tribute to the wonderful hardworking outback dog. (Paterson wrote the national anthem of Australia and his face was for a long time on the Ten Dollar bill. There is some background information on him in my prior post.)
"The Cat" is a really fun story that any cat lover will appreciate and smile over. I laughed out loud at one of the scenes. Paterson's prose is clear crisp and easy to understand.