This slim little volume is packed with hilarity, pathos, sadness, insight, stories, and philosophy.
"Knowing cats, a lifetime of cats, what is left is a sediment of sorrow quite different from that due to humans: compounded of pain for their helplessness, of guilt on behalf of us all." Sentimentality, even about cats, should not be expected of Lessing ( The Four-Gated City ) here; readers may find this severe and often violent memoir grim and wholly sobering. It is also filled with an unfailing, occasionally unearthly empathy for the animals. Perhaps the tone of the book is due in part to the author's upbringing: in the first chapter, she recounts a story from her early years on an African farm, when her father solved the problem of an overpopulation of cats by collecting and shooting dozens of them in a room ("The cats that were still uncaught had sensed their fate and were raging and screaming all over the bush"). Convinced while still young of the brutishness of existence, Lessing maintained a rapt yet oddly detached interest in cats as fellow sufferers and would-be survivors. Here she recalls the lives (and woes) of sundry cats and sidelong humans with a compelling, almost metaphysical, darkness. Literary Guild alternate.
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Descrizione libro Knopf, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Revised. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0394586719
Descrizione libro Knopf, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0394586719
Descrizione libro Knopf, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110394586719
Descrizione libro Knopf, NY, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. McMullan, James (illustratore). Revised Edition. This is a Fine copy of the Revised Edition (1st printing). Illustrated in full color. A classic evocation of feline existence. Beautifully illustrated. Codice libro della libreria 044937
Descrizione libro Knopf. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0394586719 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW7.0137165