Doris Lessing: The Crazy Cat Lady?
I hate cats. I really hate cats.
Kittens are fun. They’ll play and do cute stuff. But domestic cats are horrible creatures. They’re like an unemployed relative who lays on your couch all day and gives you a disapproving stare when you order Chinese take-out instead of cooking at home.
But this post isn’t about my opinion on cats. It’s about Doris Lessing’s opinion on cats. She the author of my current read, The Golden Notebook.
And Doris Lessing loved cats. A lot.
She wrote a nonfiction book about cats. It was called On Cats. And she wrote another book about cats. It was called Particularly Cats. And let’s not forget Particularly Cats and More Cats, as well as Particularly Cats and Rufus.
That’s a lot of writing about cats. She’s the Stephen King of the cat writing genre.
From On Cats:
Doris Lessing’s love affair with cats began at a young age, when she became intrigued with the semi-feral creatures on the African farm where she grew up. Her fascination remained undiminished by the handsome domesticated creatures who shared her flats and her life in London, and grew into real love with the awkwardly lovable El Magnifico, the last cat to share her home.
Consisting of the celebrated collection of stories, Particularly Cats and Rufus the Survivor, and the memoir, The Old Age of El Magnifico, this book brilliantly evokes the subtleties of feline existence. 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.
I certainly would be stunned to believe cats really matter.
But I jest. More power to Doris Lessing and her love of cats. Sounds like these pretentious creatures have been quite the source of inspiration for her over the years.
In addition to the featured photo above, here’s a couple more photos of Doris Lessing with her cats.
Now, the age-old question: Cats or Dogs?