My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you like cats, if you like Buddhism, you will like the book. Too long to be a fable or a parable, it is not a novel, but a moralistic tale told from the point of view of a cat. The Dalai Lama has gone on a long trip, and told the cat to study the art of purring while he's gone. There are some lovely moments, a love story or two, or count the whole thing as a love story, but the cat who tells the tale is more from the "trainer: tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, and then tell you what you told them" school than the storyteller school. The point of view keeps slipping into a 21st Century, First World, human, instead of the cat. But I liked it.