Blitzcat

Blitzcat Chi inorridisce quanto un gatto nero gli attraversa la strada evidentemente non sa che per gli inglesi un simbolo di fortuna Forse per questo e anche per via del suo leggendario a per i gatti che Rob

Chi inorridisce quanto un gatto nero gli attraversa la strada, evidentemente non sa che per gli inglesi un simbolo di fortuna Forse per questo e anche per via del suo leggendario a per i gatti che Robert Westall ha deciso di narrare in un romanzo la straordinaria storia di Lord Gort, coraggiosa gatta nera, e del suo incredibile viaggio alla ricerca dell amato paChi inorridisce quanto un gatto nero gli attraversa la strada, evidentemente non sa che per gli inglesi un simbolo di fortuna Forse per questo e anche per via del suo leggendario a per i gatti che Robert Westall ha deciso di narrare in un romanzo la straordinaria storia di Lord Gort, coraggiosa gatta nera, e del suo incredibile viaggio alla ricerca dell amato padrone, attraverso l Inghilterra sconvolta dalla Seconda Guerra Mondiale Dovunque Lord Gort andasse, bastava la sua presenza a modificare in meglio la vita di chi era disposto ad aiutarla o a dare ascolto ai suoi miagolii E mai, dall inizio alla fine del suo lungo cammino, tra mille pericolose avventure, la nostre pelosa eroina ebbe un attimo di cedimento

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  1. Librarian Note There is than one author by this name in the database.Robert Westall was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England in 1929.His first published book The Machine Gunners 1975 which won him the Carnegie Medal is set in World War Two when a group of children living on Tyneside retrieve a machine gun from a crashed German aircraft He won the Carnegie Medal again in 1981 for The Scarecrows, the first writer to win it twice He won the Smarties Prize in 1989 for Blitzcat and the Guardian Award in 1990 for The Kingdom by the Sea Robert Westall s books have been published in 21 different countries and in 18 different languages, including Braille.From robertwestall

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  1. Lord Gort is an ordinary cat she has no magic powers and rarely does anything than what other cats can do When her master leaves home to fight the Germans in World War II Lord Gort sets out to track him down In the course of her travels the black cat is befriended by a lonely volunteer in the Observer Corps, a maverick sergeant, an elderly carter and a young war widow Adopted by the rear gunner of a bomber plane, Lord Gort flies on numerous missions over enemy territory After many successful fl [...]


  2. I love books that make me feel nostalgic and this book did just that I thought it was absolutely fascinating that the protragonist was a cat and the cat lead you through all the different emotions that came with world war II, intergrating them in little personal stories as the cat brings luck and a small amount of hope to each individual she stays with I found it especially touching when she brought a war widow back to life by forcing her to regain control of her life using her poorly kitten to [...]


  3. Is this really a kids book At every installment I was crying I think perhaps a case of an adult finding things hard hitting and upsetting where a kid might cope better, and or be able to ride it at a less wrenching level of adventure Maybe not In any case, what an exploration A trip through a diverse sampling of experiences in WWII all based on true events The cat is a narrative device like Huck and Jim on the raft the vehicle one rides to connect all these stories, look through all these doors [...]


  4. What an extraordinary book It is much than a wonderful book about a pet, it is an historical although partially fictional novel about second world war in which a cat with a sixth sense to follow her person ends up traveling most of her life and mysteriously bringing luck and salvation to all those who cross her path Is it because she has a sixth sense that enables her to somehow flare danger Or are black cats really lucky A marvelous book, breathtaking and intense and extremely well written I h [...]





  5. This is an excellent novel It sparked my interest in World War II at a young age.It tells the story of a lost cat traveling through England during the Blitz Much like Jack London s White Fang, Westall s cat character behaves like an actual cat, and not like a humanized version of one As a child, she gave me a clear window into the strange world of history It was hard for me to relate to foreign wars before my time, but I loved cats Seeing the war through the eyes of a cat helped me to really und [...]


  6. Imagine setting Lassie come Home, or Homeward Bound the incredible Journey in England during World War II Now imagine a cat with some sort of superior homing instinct Something the author refers to as Psi trailing That s the basis of this novel, as a female black cat named Lord Gort uses her superior tracking abilities to find home and her human after being evacuated to the countryside because of German air raids Along the way Lord Gort will make new friends and have many adventures, becoming a [...]



  7. Robert Westall s novel Blitzcat has remained one of my favorite books about WWII, and I enjoy each rereading It is the story of a female black cat named Lord Gort who travels across England during the war in 1940 41 in search of her special owner and of the people she meets along the way It is based on the phenomenon of psi trailing This is the ability of animals to find their way back to their owners, even over thousands of miles when they have become separated from one another for some reason. [...]


  8. I have wanted to read this book for ages, so when I saw this copy on the table at my local Book fair last week I knew it was meant to be I d been toying with buying it on Kindle but never committed, so now I get it for the low price of only 1I liked the gritty reality of this book The cat starves and is hurt, and war rages on around it The human characters were great too, each in their own way Honestly though, I would have preferred to feel for the cat s own master rather than for every other [...]


  9. A beautiful and tragic story about a black cat whom is considered back in the WW2 times to bring good luck This cat is no ordinary cat, however She goes through so many things You see things from her eyes whilst during World War 2 She visits many towns, goes through many owners and people who take care of her along the way She endures bombs, raids, gun shells, temporary blindness and deafness She becomes a mother, she saves people, places, other animals, hunts and is an awesome and seemingly mag [...]


  10. I think I read this as a kid, and wasn t too keen on it then Re reading it now was such a bore, and it really dragged towards the end It s a shame, because the concept for the book is appealing, but it just suffers from not enough dialogue, and no interesting characters apart from the cat I think I ll re read The Machine Gunners which I enjoyed as a kid , and I just hope that has stood the test of time.


  11. I really don t know why it took me so long to get round to reading this book, but I wish now that I d done it sooner A classic children s story of wartime England, a small black cat and the many lives she touches on her journey to find her owner I know I said this was a children s story but it s one of those books that should be read be every one, at times it brought a tear to my eye, I loved it.


  12. I read this book at least 10 years ago, and I can still tell you the whole story line, beginning to end I really enjoyed it and have no idea why


  13. In the book Blitzcat by Robert Westall, the main message is that home is wherever you are with the ones that you love and that there really is no place like home Blitzcat takes place in England during the Blitz The Blitz was when Germany attacked England through bombing them from 1940 1941 This story is told through Lord Gort who is a cat so therefore cannot talk so acts as a narrator When Lord Gort s special person leaves to fight the Germans, Lord Gort uses psi trailing, a sense cats have whic [...]


  14. I rarely bother with children s books Regardless, this caught my eye, and though it s a very easy read, it s a surprisingly good one Blitzcat moves through the narrative like an amoral compass The war may rage, but she is Cat, and above such things She brings luck imagined or otherwise on those she lives with But she has her own goal, entirely apart from puny hoomans.I enjoyed it I intend to lend it to my Mom yes, some English people do call their mothers Mom Depends where you live There is not [...]


  15. I started reading this with my son in May I think , taking turns he read a page, then I read a page Now that I finished it alone I realize that in every way, it s way ahead of him Westall is categorized as a YA author, but this book needs to be read by someone who knows an awful lot about the events around WWII in England Probably not too many teens have that knowledge I can see it being used as a literature component in a history class, though Anyway The story follows Lord Gort, a cat whose own [...]


  16. ARE NINE LIVES ENOUGH TO SURVIVE THE BLITZ This feline odyssey is set in war ravaged England starting after the evecuation of Dunkirk and continues for a year afterwards, Blitzcat is an extraordinary adventure story of heroism and stoicism, of compassion and brutality Lord Gort is a female black cat considerd lucky by servicemen who travels around England seeking her beloved soldier master psi trailing This plucky heroine will tug at your heart as World War II causes her to lose several of her l [...]


  17. I got Blitzcat at the Imperial War Museum in London when I visited in 2008 This turned out to be an interesting WWII book, but I had to be in the right mood to read it The story follows a black cat called Lord Gort, as she is searching for her person, an RAF wing commander.An interesting point are that the cat actually acts like a cat, and this is used to tell the wartime stories of the people she meets on her travels These stories doesn t glorify the war, and show the experience from many diffe [...]


  18. I wish I d read this book years ago I love The Machine Gunners , but had never read any of Robert Westalls novels until Fathom Five last year I found this book in a charity shop for 25p best 25 pence I ve ever spent This story sees life during World War II through the eyes of a cat who goes wandering to try and find her master who has been sent overseas Like the Littlest Hobo Lord Gort wanders in and out of people s lives bringing luck to all of them.Yes the story is reminiscent of Lassie, etc, [...]


  19. A cat tries to find her way back to her master during the Blitz.I was expecting this to be told in first person from the cat s point of view similar to Mr Revere and I , but it isn t We do get to hear what the cat is thinking and feeling now and then, but most of the story is really about the people she encounters along the way This includes Mrs Smiley a woman who s housing a group of soldiers in Dover , Ollie an elderly man who runs a stable and helps care for people after Coventry is bombed , [...]


  20. War storiesThe story was very well written and kept you interested to the end I love stories about animals Especially cats The writer made you feel the cats personality and you had to admire her for her tenacious pursuance of her owner You always feared for her life up to the end.


  21. A good read teaches a little about the war without being a textbook Wouldn t want a really young kid reading it as it does cover all parts of war I liked the story of Ollie best I wish there hadn t been so many abbreviations as I have no idea what they mean


  22. World War II from a cat s perspective I was bored out of my mind My first year teaching, I was told to read this with my below level juniors The comment of the year mumbled by a student under his breath was I wish this % cat would die So did I.




  23. The Blitzkrieg, the evacuation of Coventry, the billeting of soldiers in private homes, the experiences of rear gunmen in WWII fighter planes and the emotional ups and downs of soldiers and citizens alike are made real in this book for young adults The story follows a black female cat who has gone stray in an attempt to find and follow her master who is an officer in the RAF This cat can sense bombs, fires, explosions and attacks before they take place and manages to warn or lead people out of h [...]


  24. What a wonderful writer Robert Westall was Don t be put off by the fact that this is called a children s novel That categorisation is plain daft This novel is adult in tone, content and quality In effect this is a series of short stories linked by a wandering cat about various people s experiences of wartime Britain It has many very adult themes life, love, sex, death, horror, humour, loss and tragedy And it is beautifully written Just read it


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