Picks and Pans Review: Asleep in the Sun

updated 12/15/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/15/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Hans Silvester

Asleep in the Sun is photographer Hans Silvester's latest hommage to the siesta as it is practiced so perfectly in the Aegean Islands. But it's not the local fisherfolk and farmers he's interested in; it's the island cats—black, white, tiger-striped, fat, thin, old and young. Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, but Greek cats know better. They stretch, yawn or find a whitewashed stoop and sack out while the rest of the world goes about its business. Asleep in the Sun inspires the reader—to travel to Greece, to get a cat or, most important, to take a nap. (Chronicle, $29.95)

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