Charles Bukowski

On Cats

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A raw and tenderly funny look at the human-cat relationship, from one of our most treasured and transgressive writers.
“The cat is the beautiful devil.”
Felines touched a vulnerable spot in Charles Bukowski’s crusty soul. For the writer, there was something majestic and elemental about these inscrutable creatures he admired, sentient beings whose searing gaze could penetrate deep into our being. Bukowski considered cats to be unique forces of nature, elusive emissaries of beauty and love.
On Cats offers Bukowski’s musings on these beloved animals and their toughness and resiliency. He honors them as fighters, hunters, survivors who command awe and respect as they grip tightly onto the world around them: “A cat is only ITSELF, representative of the strong forces of life that won’t let go.”
Funny, moving, tough, and caring, On Cats brings together the acclaimed writer’s reflections on these animals he so admired. Bukowski’s cats are fierce and demanding—he captures them stalking their prey; crawling across his typewritten pages; waking him up with claws across the face. But they are also affectionate and giving, sources of inspiration and gentle, insistent care.
Poignant yet free of treacle, On Cats is an illuminating portrait of this one-of-a-kind artist and his unique view of the world, witnessed through his relationship with the animals he considered his most profound teachers.
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On Cats, Charles Bukowski

Impressions

Darija Živković
Darija Živkovićshared an impression2 years ago

it’s 11:45 p.m. and
I’m
drunk . . .
listen, relax, you’ve read
worse
poems than
this . . .
and I’ve written
them

mrroboto
mrrobotoshared an impression3 years ago
👍Worth reading

👍🏻

Victoria Dembrovska
Victoria Dembrovskashared an impression21 hours ago
👍Worth reading
🔮Hidden Depths
🎯Worthwhile
💞Loved Up
🐼Fluffy

Quotes

Victoria Dembrovska
Victoria Dembrovskahas quoted7 days ago
I don’t like love as a command, as a search. it must come to you, like a hungry cat at the door.
gloria
gloriahas quoted6 months ago
life still there

but not much,

not very much
trestrece
trestrecehas quoted2 years ago
the devious good of rescuing the suffering

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