The Cat Inside

The Cat Inside

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by William S. Burroughs
     
 

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Best known for the wild, phantasmagoric satire of works like Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs reveals another, gentler side in The Cat Inside. Originally published as a limited-edition volume, this moving and witty discourse on cats combines deadpan routines and dream passages with a heartwarming account of Burroughs's unexpected friendships with

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Best known for the wild, phantasmagoric satire of works like Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs reveals another, gentler side in The Cat Inside. Originally published as a limited-edition volume, this moving and witty discourse on cats combines deadpan routines and dream passages with a heartwarming account of Burroughs's unexpected friendships with the many cats he has known. It is also a meditation on the long, mysterious relationship between cats and their human hosts, which Burroughs traces back to the Egyptian cult of the "animal other." With its street sense and whiplash prose, The Cat Inside is a genuine revelation for Burroughs fans and cat lovers alike.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Cat Inside is about how Burroughs's contact with cats put him in touch with himself. Cats have changed his dreams; they are psychic guides who have allowed his wounded inner child to come out." —Harper's Bazaar

"Burroughs's book is about cats the way The Grapes of Wrath is about fruit. . . These are haunting images, from dreams, memory and present day, ranging from unabashed affection to outrage and indignation." —Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142000250
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,284,756
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)—guru of the Beat Generation, controversial éminence grise of the international avant-garde, dark prophet, and blackest of black humor satirists—had a range of influence rivaled by few post-World War II writers. His many books include Naked Lunch, Queer, Exterminator!, The Cat Inside, The Western Lands, and Interzone.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 4, 1914
Date of Death:
August 2, 1997
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
Place of Death:
Lawrence, Kansas
Education:
Los Alamos Ranch School; A.B., Harvard University, 1936; graduate study, 1938

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Cat Inside 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about so much more than just cats. Upon reading this I was just thinking that it was pretty cool and about cats, which i love, but going more into it you learn the author accidentally shot his wife and this book displays the guilt he is feeling around that along with making the reader think about their own life.  I've never had a book that I felt the need to absolutely have and recommend to anyone until now.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is short, about 80 pages, but informative and cute. A little history on cat-worship, and tales of cats that Bill has known throughout his life. If you met and can't forget a cat, you'll appreciate this book.