Book Review: A World Without Color

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A World Without Colour is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story of the author’s final three days with his beloved cat, Marcel. His writing captures the agony of watching someone we love suffering and knowing that there is nothing we can do to help them. Sometimes we meet an animal who captures our heart and becomes like a best friend or sibling to us. To lose them inflicts indescribable pain.
Despite how sad this story is, I loved it because I could relate to the author’s deep, horrific sense of loss once reality hit him that his cat, his dear friend, is truly dying. Facing any death is an existential crisis – to accept that one who was once so full of life can suddenly no longer exist is one of the most difficult parts of life. This story paints such a beautiful picture of the love and devotion between a human and their animal companion.
Marcel is a fighter. Despite his deteriorating body, he holds on to what remains of his life, always fighting to get up on his own and reach his bowls to drink, purring to show Bernard, his owner, that he appreciates him and his company. The love from an animal is such a remarkable, special thing for anyone to experience. But it is so hard when they go.
I found it strangely comforting to know that other people have felt profound loss after losing their beloved pet. You will never stop missing them, but in time, the agony gradually fades away until one day you can think back to the happy memories you had with them and smile at the fact that life gifted you with such a wonderful connection with someone.
I would recommend this book to everyone who has experienced grief and loss. To me, this story is a work of art.

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  1. It sounds like a book I would need some tissues with. I read Marley and Me and cried throughout. A few years ago I lost my dog Scamp. He was amazing and I will never forget him. I can see that the link between animal and owner runs deep.

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