The Old Age of El Magnifico

The Old Age of El Magnifico[Reading] ➿ The Old Age of El Magnifico By Doris Lessing – Oaklandjobs.co.uk In her early celebrated collection of stories Particularly Cats Rufus the Survivor Doris Lessing gave us a brilliant evocation of feline existence With her intensely visual imagination and cool precis In her early celebrated Age of PDF È collection of stories Particularly Cats Rufus the Survivor Doris Lessing The Old ePUB ✓ gave us a brilliant evocation of feline existence With her intensely visual imagination and cool Old Age of eBook ´ precise eye Doris Lessing comes nearer than any other writer to understanding the elusive nature of catsThe Old Age of El Magnifico is a new tale about an awkwardly loveable cat an enormous lordly beast a harleuinade of black and white who in his later years because of illness must suffer the great indignity of becoming a three legged cat Unsentimental unwhimsical unmistakably Lessing this story insinuates itself into the imagination with skill and grace. Pure cat lover’s delight I wasn’t a big fan of Lessing’s Particularly Cats which is surprisingly unsentimental and even brutal in places This later story published in 2000 redresses the balance It’s the bittersweet story of Butch her enormous black and white cat who was known by many additional nicknames including El Magnifico At the age of 14 he was found to have a cancerous growth in his shoulder and one entire front leg had to be removed His habits and even to an extent his personality changed after the amputation and Lessing regretted that she couldn’t let him know it was done for his good“he was living through a nightmare and he could not understand it and I could not explain it to him ‘Cat if we had not done that to you you would be dead in a couple of months – do you understand that?’ No of course not”In this short essay just 37 pages with not much type per page she reflects on her duty towards the cats in her care and on the way pets encourage us to slow our pace and direct our attention fully to the present moment Work? Chores? Worries? What could really be important than sitting still and stroking a cat?A few favorite lines“It is interesting watching a scientist friend talking about cat capacities that he would officially deny His cat is always in the window waiting for him to come home he says but wearing his other hat says animals have no sense of time they live in an eternal now”“at his best visitors could walk into a room where he lay stretched out an enormous lordly beast a harleuinade of black and white and stop and exclaim ‘What a marvellous cat’ and then unable to believe this beast was just mogg stuff ‘But what is he?’ ‘Oh he’s just an ordinary cat’”“What a luxury a cat is the moments of shocking and startling pleasure in a day the feel of the beast the soft sleekness under your palm the warmth when you wake on a cold night the grace and charm even in a uite ordinary workaday puss”A terrific charity shop purchase for just 99p Oh How I love kitties I am a huge cat lover and so when this book was bought for me many years ago I loved the look of it however I do remember wondering why I had been bought a book for children but I soon realised on reading that it was not a book for a child at all As you continue to read you realise that it is too complex in nature for children to understandThis is a book with great imagination and is really uite heartwarming It highlights the unbreakable bond between humans and our pets Lessing shows that she really has first hand knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of our feline friends as she illustrates numerous time their elusive nature and how they rather like being aloneThis is a fab little book if you get the chance to read it then go for it Obviously it's a book that feline fans would very much adore but I think it could put a smile on many faces It is certainly a book that all ages and all backgrounds could enjoy Cat among HumansMy attitude toward cats has always been ambiguous I mean although I have never disliked them nor have I loved them as I love dogs Moreover I always believed subconsciously if I may use this lamely excuse in the cliché that a dog lover couldn’t be a cat lover However lately and probably because two of my close friends have got cats and often speak of them in a warm and delighted and intimate way I began to look at them with a different eye and I have to admit that there is something truly intriguing about them – an elegance an aloofness and a dignity that seems to justify the fascination of so many artists with themDoris Lessing’s short story The Old Age of El Magnifico is one of those memorable works of art featuring a cat It is not addressed necessarily to cat lovers and it is definitely too complex to be addressed to children Further it is not a fable and it is definitely not an allegory It is only an amazing story on the old theme of the bond between man and beast With a beautiful simplicity that is devoid of cheap sentimentalism and without falling into the trap of the personification that is without humanizing the beast the author reveals the complex relationship between humans and their pets relationship which mixes love understanding rough decisions and continuous care but which is infinitely rewarding What a luxury a cat is the moments of shocking and startling pleasure in a day the feel of the beast the soft sleekness under your palm when you wake on a cold night the grace and charm even in a uite ordinary workaday puss Cat walks across your room and in that lonely stalk you see leopard or even panther or it turns its head to acknowledge you and the yellow blaze of those eyes tells you what an exotic visitor you have here in this household friend the cat who purrs as you stroke or rub his chin or scratch his headIt is the story of Butchkin a seventeen year old cat surnamed among other honorifics El Magnifico who chose his mistress the moment he could see after he was born and who lived peacefully and uneventfully with her for fourteen years when he had to have a leg amputated because of a bone cancer His surgery his suffering his lack of understanding and his slow rehabilitation all this is told in a uiet low voice by a narrator who doesn’t for a moment use emotional blackmail against the reader but whose love the reader however never doubts and this is the most impressive gift Doris Lessing gives him that perfect feeling of belonging not only of the pet to the human being but also of the human being to the pet When I sit down to be with him it means slowing myself down getting rid of the fret and the urgency When I do this – and he must be in the right mood too not in pain or restless – then he subtly lets me know he understands I am trying to reach him reach cat essence of cat finding the best of him Human and cat we try to transcend what separates us A lovely musing on the life of her cat Owned

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  • Hardcover
  • 37 pages
  • The Old Age of El Magnifico
  • Doris Lessing
  • English
  • 02 July 2016
  • 9780002262002