The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, translated by Philip Gabriel

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

As we count up the memories from one journey, we head off on another.

After reading Before the Coffee Gets Cold, I was fascinated by the Japanese literature themes and characters. I wanted to read more of the translated Japanese literature when I got a recommendation of traveling cat chronicles. I immediately wanted to read the book. It’s a story about a cat, who is adopted by a man. How their life changes with time after being in each other lives. It is yet again a cozy, heartwarming read for people who love animals and particularly cats. 

The entire story is told from the point of view of the cat. She is a nameless street cat before she comes across Satoru. Satoru has had a cat as a pet previously but had to separate with her due to a reason, which is also explored in the story. He names the nameless cat Nana, and both of them together complete each other. Through Nana’s lens, we get a peek into Satoru’s life, his past, and his relationships. It provides a transparent and honest narration of Satoru’s life.

The writing is beautiful, and it was a breezy read. It incites the feeling of warmth, coziness, and loyal companionship. I found this book at a perfect time when I was looking for something familiar and comfortable. The ending is not as lovely. It’s heartbreaking, yet it’s genuine. As a reader, you can see the ending coming from a long time, but there’s nothing you can do but accompany the characters till the end.

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