On CatsBook - 2008
An unsentimental study of the relationship between humans and cats offers insight into the Nobel Prize-winning writer's own life with her feline companions and is comprised of collections from Particularly Cats and Rufus the Survivor as well as the memoir The Old Age of El Magnifico. 25,000 first printing.
Doris Lessing's love affair with cats began at a young age, when she became intrigued with the semiferal creatures on the African farm where she grew up. Her fascination with the handsome, domesticated creatures that have shared her flats and her life in London remained undiminished, and grew into real love with the awkwardly lovable El Magnifico, the last cat to share her home.
On Cats is a celebrated classic, a memoir in which we meet the cats that have slunk and bullied and charmed their way into Doris Lessing's life. She tells their stories—their exploits, rivalries, terrors, affections, ancient gestures, and learned behaviors—with vivid simplicity. And she tells the story of herself in relation to cats: the way animals affect her and she them, and the communication that grows possible between them—a language of gesture and mood and desire as eloquent as the spoken word. No other writer conveys so truthfully the real interdependence of humans and cats or convinces us with such stunning recognition of the reasons why cats really matter.
Features the author's memoir on the cats in her life, including collections from the author's previously published works, "Particularly Cats," "Rufus the Survivor," and "The Old Age of El Magnifico."