I’m a long time Bukowski fan, so when this series of books (On Love, On Writing) came out I was intrigued. I didn’t know Bukowski was a cat lover, but I am, so consider this a somewhat biased review.
“In my next life I want to be a cat. To sleep 20 hours a day and wait to be fed. To sit around licking my ass.”
This is a collection of essays and poetry, along with photographs of Bukowski’s cats. They’re cute, as are all cats, and make a lovely addition. I found it interesting to see this softer side of Bukowski in one collection.
“He became sentimental about cats in his old age,” Howard Sounes, author of Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life, told the Independent. “When he made a bit of money, he lived the suburban life with his wife Linda Lee and they had a lot of cats. He got a bit soppy about them.” (The Guardian)
Many of these poems may be about Butch Van Gogh Artaud Bukowski, a tomcat with a missing ear. He was beloved, despite his tendency to bite the oh so talented hand that fed him. But cats, especially feral cats, don’t seem to care about that. I have one of those so can sympathize, and relate.
The publisher tells us that Bukowski honors cats with this slim volume, and trust me, those are not empty words. This is a lovely little book for any cat lover or Bukowski fan, and would make a wonderful gift this holiday season.
Finally, I will leave you with this. Bustle put together 5 Insights About Cats From Charles Bukowski’s New Book, ‘On Cats’, with pictures. Enjoy!
10/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
ON CATS by Charles Bukowski. Ecco (December 1, 2015). ISBN 978-0062395993. 128p.