I’m a crazy cat lady at heart and true to stereotype pretty much anything cat-related works for me. I try not to amass loads of tat with cat prints but not surprisingly I do have a few bits and bobs. Nor am I rarely disappointed when a cat turns up in a book and the bigger part they have to play in the plot, the better usually. The exception would be I am cat by Soseki Natsume which was a struggle from cover to cover. Whoever made me put that on my TBR should be struck of the Christmas card-list (I’m horrible with names so that will never happen, couldn’t figure it out quite simply).
A few good ones then? A very unoriginal list this one, but my cat has temporarily abandoned me in favour of a few more weeks at the cottage,just lounging about out there and being hand feed bits of cheese, so I’m making do with fictional cats.
1. The Master and Margarita by Michail Bulgakov
I love this book and that’s that. I’ve read it a bunch of times and always encourage (i.e. bully) others into reading it too. Behemoth is the cat we are introduced to and he is everything; gun-toting,cigarr-smoking and black as the night. Bulgakov is one of the top-Russians to me; I love the bizarre turns that this story takes and the writing is phenomenal.
2. The guest cat by Takashi Hiraide
I read this just this week. I would compare it to a macaroon; it’s sweet and elegant but just the right size. A longer story would have been to sentimental. It does bring home the point that you do not choose cats, they choose you. They really do. And then they boss you around something awful, which you are happy about. But this is a nice book and well worth reading. And if you get a cat do remember that they will try to get food elsewhere, haven’t had a cat yet that doesn’t try to sneak in to the neighbours when there is fish being served next doors.
3. Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami
Murakami likes cats that is clear, they turn up in many (if not all) his books. In this one there is an old man that can talk to cats, and get reasonable answers (all cat owners talk to cats but it’s usually a rather trite conversation). Of his books this one is the one I like best but I also have fond memories of the cat in the Wind-up bird Chronicle as well.
4. Old possum’s book of practical cats by T.S Eliot
The only book by Eliot that I have read and liked. The musical Cats is famously based on this.
5. The catwalk cats by Grace Coddington
Grace Coddington,of Vogue-magazine fame, is a lover of cats and has a few. She wrote and drew, and Didier Malige photographed, to compile this very sweet and funny book about the spoiled and mischievous creatures and their imagined lives in fashion. Not much of a read as such but a nice thing to browse on a rainy day.
6. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
I mention this series because of my boy Crookshanks. I have a weak spot for Persian cats quite simply. Of course the brightest witch of our time has a Persian cat, of course she does. (And really I want to reread these books).
7. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Dinah the kitten is cute but it’s the Cheshire cat that steals the show. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite books and that feline probably does have something to do with that.