On Cats – Doris Lessing

On Cats by Doris Lessing is a well written and highly entertaining book about cats. From her childhood in Africa to London and the UK countryside, she writes about the felines she looked after and loved dearly. I’m ready to read everything about these beautiful animals, and if the author is good as well, it is just bliss!


On Cats - Doris Lessing

Greatest creatures on earth

On Cats, mentions many cats but for the most part, it tells the story of two cats; the grey cat and the black cat. Lessing’s relationship with these two cats; observing them and trying to understand them is just remarkable. If you ever owned by a cat, you may relate to her in many parts. On that note, I must say the book saddened me at times. I was forced to take breaks because I am not a person who could ever read about the suffering of animals. But since I’m too sensitive, let’s say I’m exaggerating and you’ll take a look at this book. I think every cat lover will love it. Enjoy!


About the book: On Cats

A collection of charming and celebrated writings about cats, from Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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 El Magnifico, the awkwardly lovable cat who in his later years suffered the great indignity of becoming a three-legged beast.
Consisting of Lessing’s celebrated collection of stories, ‘Particularly Cats and Rufus’, and the poignant though unsentimental memoir, ‘The Old Age of El Magnifico’, this book is a brilliant evocation of the feline world.

About the author: Doris Lessing

Doris May Lessing CH, OMG was a British-Zimbabwean novelist. She was born to British parents in Iran, where she lived until 1925. Her family then moved to Southern Rhodesia, where she remained until moving in 1949 to London, England.

On Cats - Doris Lessing

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Reading Challenge 2019 – The Year of Women Writers

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