Varjak Paw () is a novel by the British author S. F. Said and illustrated by Dave McKean. The illustrations in this book have a dark "gothic" quality. The novel. Varjak Paw book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Mesopotamian Blue cat, Varjak Paw, has never been Outside before; he an. Mesopotamian Blue cat, Varjak Paw, has never been Outside before; he and his Varjak Paw and millions of other books are available for site Kindle.

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Mesopotamian Blue cat, Varjak Paw, has never been Outside before; he and his family have always lived in the isolated house at the top of the hill. But. download Varjak Paw by SF Said, Dave McKean (ISBN: ) from site's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. From Book 1: Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He's never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about .

They rarely venture out, even into the garden, because, as Mother says, "the garden is a nasty, dirty place". Besides, there are huge, fierce monsters outside called dogs. However, the youngest member of the family, Varjak, longs for adventure. Teased and bullied by his siblings because he lacks the green eyes of a true Mesopotamian Blue, he hangs on his grandfather's tales of their ancestor Jalal, who "travelled to the ends of the earth, further than any cat had been before", and was a mighty hunter who "fought the fiercest warrior cats". Varjak gets his chance when the contessa dies, and the house is invaded by a sinister "Gentleman" and his two even more sinister black cats. The elder Paw insists that the Mesopotamians must escape the house at once, but they refuse. So he enlists Varjak's help. Varjak's task is to go over the wall surrounding the house, and find a dog to help them - a dog being the only thing big and fierce enough to defeat the Gentleman. He will recognise a dog because they "fill the heart with fear, with their foul breath and deafening sound". So Varjak, an inexperienced kitten, climbs over the wall and ventures into the City. He is almost killed in his attempt to talk to a dog - it is in fact a car, which appears to fit the description he's been given. He falls in with warring street gangs of cats, finds friends and enemies, and learns that cats are vanishing, without explanation. He learns that Mesopotamian Blues aren't nearly as special as he has been taught to think. And, of course, the great Jalal's eyes aren't green either. They are amber - just like Varjak's.

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But even the city has dangers like rival cat gangs and cats mysteriously going missing. And he still needs to find a dog. And then there are the Dreams This was a great book with actual depth to it and not just a cutesy books about cats.

For a middle grade book it actually had some dark themes. Maybe its not as dark as Felidae but it does feature some unsettling things that had you wonder even at the end of the book what was going on.

The fact you only see the story unfold from a cats viewpoint makes some things unclear and makes the villain the Gentleman seem even more twisted than if we had viewed it from a human characters viewpoint.

Varjak was a symphatetic character even if he was far from forceful in his actions and when he finally through his experiences in the city takes charge of things he does suffer a lapse towards the end of the book and falls back into his old role. He gets better though. So its a coming of age story too. Tam ignores the warning and said that she'll meet them later and goes off to follow the delicious smell. She never comes back, and after two days of waiting for her, Varjak and Holly set out to look for her.

In Sally Bones' territory, Varjak finds a grotesque toy cat inside a cardboard box that has every aspect of a real cat. After a day with no luck on finding Tam, they spend the night in Sally Bones' territory. The next morning, Varjak has to go and do his business, and immediately regrets it when he realizes that Sally Bones, along with a dozen menacing gang members were watching him the whole entire time.

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Sally Bones sends out Razor her lieutenant to interrogate Varjak because she got the feeling that he had something to do with the Vanishings. Razor and Varjak get into a fight when Varjak doesn't tell him anything, and Varjak is forced to use the Way to defend himself. Sally Bones and Varjak get into a fight that is interrupted by a dog named Cludge, who scares away all of her gang members. Cludge accidentally knocks Varjak out, but when he wakes up, he finds that the dog means no harm, and is even friendly.

So then Varjak and Cludge became friends, which surprises his Holly because dogs were known as enemies to cats.

Varjak paw learnt the way yet only knew 3 Skills. Slow-Time, This is performed by a cat by doing deep breathing until everything starts to slow down. The world is described to slow down around the cat, but the cat will go much faster in real time. A cat in slow time is often described as shimmering which is believed to mean that the cat you see in slow time is actually only its after-image and the real cat is moving too fast for you to see.

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Moving Circles, When in slow time a cat can use a martial art known as moving circles which allows a cat to unleash all the pent up energy in their body through their flexibility.

As a cat moves from stance to stance in moving circles kinetic energy builds up around their body like a cocoon acting as both a shield and an attack. When a cat breaks out of a moving circle they let the kinetic energy released guide their next strike- ensuring it lands with force closer to a lion's attack than a cat's.

Shadow-Walking, By clearing their mind of all thought and all troubles a cat can become one with the shadows allowing a cat to walk anywhere undetected by anyone; no matter if they are in their field of view or not. He realizes that he now has a dog, so he and Holly, along with Cludge, go back to the Contessa's house. Varjak looks for his family and finds them safe and sound, while Holly crept upstairs to look around for the Gentleman and the black cats. Varjak finds out that Julius has become head of the family, and is taunting him just as much as before even though Varjak was brave enough to venture to the Outside.

Varjak and Julius soon get into a fight, which Varjak wins and becomes the new head of the family. However, his family doesn't approve of Holly and treats her as if she was worth nothing when she was trying to help them escape. Suddenly, the Gentleman appears with his black cats. He touches their collars and whispers something into their ear, and the cats leap up to action. They chase Holly and captures her and drags her upstairs.

Varjak goes upstairs using the skill Shadow-walk, where he finds dozens of cats inside a large cage, trapped by the Gentleman and his cats.

It turns out that the Gentleman kidnaps them turns them into toys exactly like the one he found in Sally Bones' territory, that weren't quite alive but weren't quite dead either because they were once alive.

However, methods of doing so have never been found they come back out with glassy eyes and collars, are permanently smiling, and say phrases such as "Hello nice to meet you I am fine". Varjak, upon finding out the truth, is horrified and engages battle with the two black cats.


He uses every method of the Way, and was about to be defeated when Holly shouts out, "The collars! The cat falls down and looks exactly like a broken toy, with the other cat looking at it in disbelief. The other cat looks a little bit sad and holds out his collar as if he wanted to be killed too.

Varjak does it gently and the other cat falls down to the ground like a broken toy. Downstairs, his family is in trouble because the Gentleman is holding Julius in the air.

When the Gentleman looks at Varjak and the cats that he freed, the Gentleman drops Julius and picks up Varjak instead.

However, when he picks Varjak up, Cludge breaks into the house by smashing a window while leaping inside. Cludge scares the Gentleman away, and Varjak, now a hero, starts up a gang with Holly, Tam, and Cludge in it.

Varjak Paw's name is allusion to the film Breakfast at Tiffany's. In the film, one of the main characters, Paul Varjak, has written a book called "Nine Lives". When he and another character look for the book in the library catalog, it is listed as "Nine Lives by Varjak, Paul".

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Said is not known to have commented on this connection. Said's Varjak Paw, in a major multi-media production. Varjak Paw has been optioned by The Jim Henson Company to be developed as an animated family feature film, with Faith Fawusi as director.

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