This comment by X-Y_Zed here is totally irrelevant, because it is about an 80 years old human love story. Nothing to do with James and Bob in the streets of London. But the book written by James we talk about here is a very good one, which shows what real street life is like in the city of London today. And, thanks to Bob, the two persons, Man and Cat find each other in loving friendship and the two together succeed, thanks to those few good people who walk there too daily in the street. This James Bowen book is worth to read for all those people with a human soul and it's eye opening for the general public. Society shuns those who have fallen out from the System and the way back is almost impossible. The present book shows the miracle an extraordinary cat could bring into the life of a man who lost his way, and the cat gives him social attention and a new purpose in life and his cat friend shows James the way back to Society.
This is a 1936 American film directed by Archie Mayo, adapted from Robert E. Sherwood's stage play of the same name.
Alan Squier---once a respected British writer, now a disillusioned, penniless drifter---wanders into a roadside diner in the remote town of Black Mesa, Arizona.
The diner is run by Jason Maple, his daughter Gabrielle, and Jason's father.
Gabrielle's mother, a French war bride who fell in love with Jason when he was a young, handsome American serviceman, left her dull defeated husband and moved back to France when Gabrielle was a baby.
She now sends poetry to Gabrielle, who dreams of moving to Bourges, where her parents first met, to become an artist.
Alan wrote one novel, and then lived in France for eight years with a wife he stole from his publisher.
Gabrielle is instantly smitten with him.
Boze Hertzlinger, a former football player who works at the diner and has wooed Gabrielle in vain, grows jealous of Alan, who decides to leave forthwith.
He mooches a ride from wealthy tourists Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm.
After only a few minutes on the road, however, they encounter Duke Mantee, a notorious gangster fleeing a massive police pursuit.
Duke and his gang seize the Chisholms' car and drive to the diner, where Duke has arranged to rendezvous with his girlfriend, Doris.
Alan, the Chisholms, and their chauffeur soon make their way back to the diner as well.
Indifferent to the hostage situation, Alan engages Duke in lively conversation and toasts him as the last great apostle of rugged individualism.
Duke learns that Doris has been captured, and has revealed their intended rendezvous location.
As police converge on the diner, Duke prepares to flee, announcing that he will take Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm with him.
Inspired by Boze's act of courage, Alan has an inspiration.
While Gabrielle is in the back room bandaging Boze's hand, he produces a life insurance policy from his bag and amends it, making Gabrielle the beneficiary.
Then he asks Duke to kill him so that Gabrielle can use the insurance money to realize her dream of moving to France.
Duke obliges, then leaves with his human shields.
Alan dies in Gabrielle's arms.
Alan's inspiration seems to me an absolutely foolish act.
So does the whole movie.
Thumb up, 5 stars. This James Bowen is an intelligent guy, and he supposes his readers are intelligent too. Here is why I say this. This is the most detailed one of his books, and after reading the library book of this title, I purchased it and re-read it. In Ch. 13 ("Public Enemy No.1") James tells the case when he'd been reported to the Police for "aggression" by someone, and he and Bob were escorted into the Police HQ and saliva sample was taken from him. There James says it's standard to check if some suspect is on drugs. But in this case the sample was not taken for that purpose. In another book of his, James tells about this case and there he tells that the charge against him was to have spat on the ticket window of the Tube Station. But the DNA samples of the the saliva from James's mouth and that from the ticket window did not match. Now, in this book here James tells that he had been taken into the Police Station, but soon released, because the Police told him "the accuser on the phone refused to come up and face James," so James was released without charge. Now, let's put the two accounts of this event in the two books together. Just use logic, as James put up the puzzle for us to solve: the false accuser was that burly, sweaty Tube employee, who had tried to chase James away from that spot at Angel Station, but in the meantime James got the license to sell the "Big Issue" paper at that spot and had his official seller's card with his and Bob's photo on it, and in the other book he told us that he enjoyed to slowly show that card into the red face of that sweaty employee, and told him: "I am doing my business here - go and do yours." So, James gave us a little puzzle to solve here, a street crime story, but we have to read the two of his books with the clues, and think. I love James' and Bob's story, as he tells us his street experiences with the crowd, and from experience I know that he tells the truth as it is. Very good books, all of his.
This is the best, most detailed, action packed version of the story of the Bob-James duo, "the two musketeers" as James calls it. This book is so good, engaging, that I purchased it from Chapers-Indigo and am re-reading it. Thumbs up.
An enjoyable large-print book with interesting street adventures of the Bob-James duo. Thumbs up. This is the most interesting one of the book series of the street fighter hero team.
This book is the best, most action packed of the Bob series, I enjoyed reading it. Bob is a unique, street-wise character. This large print version is very readable. I especially enjoyed the suspenseful episodes of the lady who tried to rob Bob away from James, and the case when Bob protected James from a night-time robber. Very good book about the adventures and dangers of street life in the city.
A fair and good follow-up to A Street Cat Named Bob. Their remarkable story together continues. Quite the inspiring story. This sequel and the first book formed the basis for the movie.
Interesting at many levels, the human animal bond, street life and the good and bad in human behaviour, struggles with addiction. An easy read, a real pleasure.
Writing style is pretty bad in my opinion, but the story is engaging.
Bob the cat has given his human companion James a totally new lease on life, appreciation for the power of love, and an increased interest in how he can reach out to others, with Bob as the inspiration. James has come such a long way in his journey, since the first book he wrote about his life with Bob, and it was a joy to read about how so many others have come to know and love his cat Bob
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