The World According to Bob

The World According to Bob

Book - 2013
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The sequel to the bestselling 'A Street Cat Named Bob' continues the remarkable adventures of James and Bob showing - through new stories - how Bob's extraordinary street wisdom has shown James the meaning of friendship, loyalty, trust - and happiness.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2013.
ISBN: 9781444777550
Branch Call Number: 636.800929 Bow
Characteristics: 286 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.


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Dec 09, 2019

A sequel to the best-selling memoir, A Street Cat Named Bob, this takes us back to some of the gritty, challenging times of James and his feline friend working on the streets of London. From heartbreaking to funny to heartwarming, the bond shared by the two is powerful and healing. We hear of the early stages of book development with the help of a strong writing and publishing team. The surprising rise to bestseller status seems to attract some jealous sniping, but leads to a way of life less fraught with danger. Memorable and insightful inside view of life for those in recovery who struggle to survive. Lovely line drawings by artist Dan Williams add visual appeal. Always self-deprecating, the author’s vulnerability makes his writing very relatable.

Jun 23, 2019

I actually started reading this before I realized that it is a sequel to A Street Cat Named Bob. However it wasn't at all hard to follow once I got started. James does repeat a lot of what was in Street Cat so sometimes I felt like I was reading that book again. But even though this book contains a lot of backstory, there are a lot of adventures that are included here that make "World" just as good as "Street". There are page turning moments, heartbreaking moments and moments that made me laugh out loud. I definitely recommend this either for a stand alone read or as a continuation of the first book.

Apr 06, 2018

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.

Apr 06, 2018

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.

Mar 26, 2018

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.

Mar 20, 2018

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.

Mar 20, 2018

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.

Sep 09, 2017

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.

Jul 03, 2016

Writing style is pretty bad in my opinion, but the story is engaging.

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Dec 09, 2019

“Talking about myself wasn’t something that came easily to me, especially when it came to the darker stuff. And there was a lot of that. There were aspects of my life as an addict that I had buried away in the farthest corners of my mind. I’d made choices that I was deeply ashamed about, done things that I didn’t want to share with anyone, let alone put in a book. But once we began talking, to my surprise, it was less painful than I’d feared. I couldn’t afford to see a psychologist or a psycho-analyst but there were times when talking to Garry was as good as talking to a shrink. It forced me to confront some painful truths and was strangely cathartic, helping me to understand myself a little better.” (p. 170)

Dec 09, 2019

“The moment I set foot on the street outside the wind cut through me like a scalpel. It pinched I felt Bob’s midriff curling itself even tighter than usual around my neck.” (p. 139)

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