Not even a month ago my cat, Lila, died. The story of how he came to us is curious. Fourteen years ago my family moved into a new house and the second day a heartless left by the house a plastic bag with five kittens. The meowing alerted us to the presence of cats and when we went to have a look had several children picking puppies bag. There were four cats black and gray kitten. We fell for the different. I could not have more than a couple of days old. We’ll take it. She was on 19 August 1999.
Lila was a very happy cat, but we did wrong not sterilize. It was our first mammal pet and expensive surgery and little insistence of the first veterinary convinced us that it was not necessary. Error: Lila had constant jealousy throughout his life and developed breast cancer. The last twelve months of life lived with surgery, anorexia and chronic renal failure. And one day woke up disoriented and blind. Her swollen kidneys and pleural effusion. The solution could not last long and natural death would be agonizing and unpleasant. We opted for euthanasia.
Cats are creatures independent because they love that quality. It seems they do not need anything. But underneath all that independence much love and need. They are faithful companions and do not need as much attention as dogs. So many writers of all ages have been accompanied by cats. They say that Hemingway came to live with up to 60 cats and Baudelaire wrote poems as a lover.
Hereafter writers, who have always been very catlike (to sample this wonderful tumblr ), cats have been excellent players and recurring characters in literature. We can find cats in novels, short stories and poems. For this reason, I have decided to collect the most significant (or failing that best memory). Here are my top 10 cats in the literature .
1) Puss in Boots: Eastern European folk tale comes from oral tradition andCharles Perrault gave written form. History reveals a witty and talkative cat who gets what is proposed, wearing boots that give it presence and elegance.It is the most astute among cats, the trickster, mentirosillo and resourceful.The story has crossed all borders and has its version (awful) film. As a gift, I leave an engraving by Gustave Doré .
2) Alchemist pdf: one of the most charismatic of the psychedelic work of Lewis Carroll is the Cheshire Cat . In the novel just have a couple of appearances, enough to discover their disturbing and evil traits.Its popularity comes from the 1951 animated film produced by Disney.
3) The black cat : is one of the most famous tales of Edgar Allan Poe and undoubtedly one of the most sinister and macabre. Prey to alcoholism and madness, the protagonist torture and kill innocent cat and dead cat image will haunt and precipitate a series of acts that go from bad to worse. Here, the cat shown is example of love and friendship, that despite the abuse continues to live with his murderer future. The second cat story is the image of the first cat revenge and repentance, folly and superstition. A must-read for fans of horror.
4) Kafka on the Shore: the novel by Haruki Murakami has a character, Nakata, most unusual: can communicate with cats. While he has a path to greater follies, Kafka Tamura, a teenager who has run away from home, takes refuge in a library. This way, the novel has neither head nor tail, and really hard time understanding it, but it’s an enjoyable read and has some very interesting passages. Here cats speak like humans, but they are victims of the worst outrages by the logo of Johnny Walker. Yes, you read that right.
5) I’m a cat : other Japanese perspective of cats is the novel by Natsume Soseki. The protagonist is a nameless cat in a satirical way is describing a family (and thus Japan early twentieth century). He is a gifted cat wit, humor and philosophy, the voice that every cat would want … if they could talk.
6) The Living Forest: no I never tire of claiming this novel by Wenceslao Fernández Flórez . If perhaps the writer does not fit with my political ideas, the novel is an ode to natural life and the magic of Galicia. Here there is a cat, Wanderlust, who one day decides to leave home and joins the clan of cats, who call themselves “panteritas” and plan to prove his greatness attacking a bull. However, Morriña miss the comfort of home, liver that put their owners and clew with gambling.
7) The best stories about cats: editorial Siruela collected in this book some stories about cats written by authors as diverse as Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, Saki or Doris Lessing among others. There are other books from the same publisher about dogs and horses, but this is what concerns us. For those of you who like stories, this book only costs € 14.90.
8) Paradise for cats and other cat-tales: in the same way, the Nordic Publishing Books account this nice booklet with stories of Kipling, Saki, Twain and Zola (imagine the same Siruela). His plus are the illustrations by four illustrators. It costs 15 €.
9) enclosed cat: the Beat generation also gives cats their due role in this novel by William Burroughs . It is an autobiographical discourse that tells the writer’s own experience with cats and the history of this feline pet at home from ancient Egypt.
10) The cat : in his masterpiece The Flowers of Evil, Charles Baudelairewrote this beautiful poem about cats, which ended with the top 10:
Come, beautiful cat, my loving breast;
catch your nails paw,
And let me sink into your eyes beautiful
mix of agate and metal.
While my fingers gently comb
Your head and your elastic back,
while my hand gets drunk with pleasure
Al feeling your electric body,
My lady I think I see. Her look
like yours, friendly beast,
Deep and cold, which hurts dart,
And, from the feet to the head,
A subtle air, a dangerous aroma,
Bogan around his tan body.
It will continue with the top 10: Cats in comics … But that’s another story.