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The Cat Inside (original 1992; edition 2002)

by William S. Burroughs

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Read on one sitting with my cat purring in my lap. Couldn't think of a better way to do so. ( )
  sixteendays | May 21, 2012 |
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A tiny book comprising 100% pet cat essays, each dream-like, sentimental and just a few sentences long.

The Burroughsian pederasty and heroin references are mild, but dogs get a real, real bad rep, and that's just tough to take. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Mar 22, 2014 |
Read on one sitting with my cat purring in my lap. Couldn't think of a better way to do so. ( )
  sixteendays | May 21, 2012 |
Sometimes poignant, sometimes pathetic, and sometimes raw, Burroughs has reminded me of all the virtues of cats.
1 vote GYKM | Mar 11, 2012 |
While the central theme of these vignettes is ostensibly Burroughs' love of cats, the observant reader with a knowledge of Burroughs' biography will notice that the vignettes are about his feelings of attachment or detachment to the rest of humanity, most notably in the "cat/baby" entry, in which he confronts his horror at his own inability to understand, relate to, or effectively parent his son, Billy. ( )
1 vote JaneEyreZombieHunter | May 5, 2007 |
Sometimes William Burrough’s honesty is painful, and that’s what makes this more than just a memoir of beloved cats. He has a way of looking right into what is ugly or hurtful without flinching, transforming what he sees into a deep understanding of life and human nature. (And cat nature!) There are images from his words that I will never forget. ( )
1 vote LynnMarie | Jan 4, 2007 |
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