The World According to Bob

The World According to Bob

Large Print - 2015
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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: Leicester : Charnwood, 2015
Edition: First Charnwood edition
Description: 256 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781444824155
Branch Call Number: LP 636.8 Bow
Additional Contributors: Bowen, James, 1979- World according to Bob


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Feb 28, 2018

These books of james Bowen are a nice experience to read. Two souls, man and cat, who were pushed to the street and broken, find soul mates in each other and finally this exceptional cat, Bob brings success into the life of James. In this book James tells that most of the public acted generously at the sight of this lovely companion of James. But a few persons acted with hostility; one wanted to steal Bob from James, another kicked the guitar case in which Bob lay, and still another tried Bob to be taken away from James by calling on him the SPCA, pretending that James was abusing the cat - but this janitor-manager did not act in favor on the cat; she wanted to get rid of James' presence in the street, because she supposed that James' guitar play and singing disturbed the tenants in that house she was the janitor of. Finally, as she failed, because the SPCA found the cat healthy and not abused, the janitor called on him the Police. And finally, in this book James tells us how Bob started a streak of luck in his life, by motivating him to get rid of his drug addiction, and the publishing of his story, which finally brought him financial success too, and an end to his 10 years of struggle in the streets of London. An interesting insight, given by James' books is how different peoples' mind sets and natures are, which are often totally opposite, and those negative minds try to force upon others their own (often selfish) way of seeing the world. Bob and James are nice characters, their books are honest and enjoyable. On Youtube we can find several live videos of this lovely duo.

Feb 23, 2018

I have read most of James Bowen's books about street life and how he found a soul mate in a young street cat, and how his friend and companion literally saved his life from drug addiction and the miseries of street musician's life. These are very nice and thought-provoking books, worth to read. I have a cat who had been born in the street, saved by "Vokra" and I adopted her and love her. I also feed street animals (raccoons, cats, pigeons, starlings, squirrels) and I am exposed to the public and its "inhuman", dumb and selfish members of the public the same way James was as a street musician. I fully understand what he lived through and what he found about life in general. His parents were divorced, both of them remarried, James lived his young years alternately in England and in Australia. He quit high school, partly because his classmates in primary bullied him and even stoned him! When he found a job, as soon as the employer discovered he was a homeless, they fired him. To escape from the rudeness of society he turned to drugs, to forget. And to eke out a basic living, he sang with guitar in the streets of London and sold "The Big Issue" magazine. In his first books he tells many details about how he suffered and how he was abused verbally by some members of the public, and who sometimes used mean methods to make his life even more difficult. In this book here he dampens a bit what he said earnestly in his earlier books, and he praises everybody, even his earlier bosses and authorities who were harsh with him - and now here he blames only himself for turning to drugs and the miseries of his life. In fact, he encountered both good and bad from the public and the authorities, as we can see from his other books, and which show us the realities of today's human society. He say there are 1 percent of people who are cruel and mean, and I as a feeder critters in public find the same. Overall his books are all worth reading, and they give food for thought for all honest and "humane" people. As James talked on video and spoke in the BBC studio (and Bob the cat gave "high fives" to people there) we can see (go to Youtube for the videos of this), so, we can see that from the 10 years of abuse in the streets etched their mark on his face - the corners of his mouth turn downward as he speaks, all the time. And we can see that society is partly unjust with those whom life has pushed to the margin. When James was begging, in fact, working for his daily bread, after being fired unjustly, just for being homeless, some persons of the public abused him in his face, telling him: "go, get a decent job!". And he tells us in his books that his homeless companions also stole everything he had, in the shelters. There is a cruel and a good side to the public in general, and finally, thanks to the charms of his ginger cat soul mate Bob, he finally got good attention and succeeded. Good, honest, nice read, all his books. But in this one he tries to please everybody and whitewashes a bit those who were rude or cruel or unjust with him.

Feb 10, 2018

Five stars. A very good book from James Bowen, showing en encompassing view of street life in London and the fight of a young man to work his way out of it. His intelligent street cat Bob helps him do it. There's lots of intrigue among street people and lots of intervention by authorities and organizations, which makes street life a risky and stressful dodging game too. As the story goes on it becomes more and more of a suspense and one is relieved and touched by the final success of the James-Bob duo.

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.

Oct 10, 2015

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

Apr 20, 2015

The second installment about a man and his cat. Simply written, James Bowen gives us more stories and lessons he learned from his cat Bob.

More importantly, he gives us insight into what it's like to be homeless.

He says, "People don't understand that the lack of self-esteem and general hopelessness you feel when you are homeless.."

A wonderful tale about faith, hope, and love.

KarenE61 Dec 25, 2014

Not quite as gripping as the first book, this is still a lovely sequel that will warm your heart while answering the question, "What happened next?" I hope further adventures of James and Bob are forthcoming.

d2013 Dec 15, 2014

This book is as good as the first one. Such a heartwarming story!

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