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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

by Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel X
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel
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    Oct 2018, 288 pages

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  • Candace F. (Lincoln, NE)

    Touching and Memorable
    I consider myself more of a dog-lover than a cat-lover with that being said, I am definitely an animal lover. The Traveling Cat Chronicles is a very touching, bittersweet, all about "life" story written through the eyes of a cat. The book is at times funny but as you travel with Satoru and his cat and life companion, Nana, on their life adventure you meet friendship, boundless love, and courage. This is one of those books that the author writes to make the story come alive and leaves you pondering over the many aspects of it for many days or weeks to come. Don't miss this one if you enjoy a fun, heartwarming book. I highly recommend it!
  • Susan L. (Alexandria, VA)

    A Cat Knows...
    This book is a study in belonging and acceptance. It is a book the reveals itself slowly and methodically, with the studied and measured movements of a tea ceremony with meaning in every moment. This quiet book builds to an ending that will wreck you. It is the tale of how a stray cat finds a place to belong and how sometimes that is all that matters. This book is about love, acceptance and loyalty. Keep your tissues handy, you are going to feel things with this book. It may be small, but it is filled with depth. I loved it.
  • Rose N. (Saginaw, MI)

    Must-read for Cat Lovers
    This delightful story made me laugh at times and then made me shed a few tears. Nana, the wise independent street cat, becomes attached to gentle Satoru who cares for him after he is injured by a car. Satoru tries to find a new home for Nana with various friends but Nana has his own agenda.

    This novel not only honors the relationships between humans and their friends but also between humans and their pets. This is a heartwarming tale with several unforgettable characters, fine descriptive passages of the Japanese landscape, and a feisty, lovable feline. Read and enjoy!
  • Eileen C. (New York, NY)

    Love and devotion
    A beautifully written, moving book about love and death. Narrated by a wise and sassy stray cat who is taken in by a kind-hearted man, it is also a story of friendship and devotion. Although the ending caused a cascade of tears, it wasn't for the usual reason pet stories bring on tears. The writing is vivid and the translation is seamless. Highly recommended.
  • Kristen H. (Hagerstown, MD)

    Bitter sweet Journey
    I wasn't sure what I was going to think when I received this book to review. I have to admit I had my doubts. All that quickly changed within the first 10 pages. This was a great book to read! So much soul searching and past reflection was in these pages. I wasn't sure again where this journey was going to take me and honestly I don't think I saw it coming. I can't say much more without spoiling the story for any one else who would read it.
    The way the author details Saturo's life is beautiful, I felt so much a part of his journey that I never wanted it to end.
    Highly suggest this to book clubs or to anyone who loves and cherishes their pets.
  • Claire M. (Wrentham, MA)

    Cat's Eye View
    The cat-human bond challenges old notions of the aloofness and even indifference of cats. In this charming tale of cat and man, each have lessons to teach and learn together. They pass their lessons on to those whose lives they touch in gentle prose to soothe the soul. Readers who seek a mindful way of living will appreciate the values reinforced in these pages. Japanese culture is full of examples of kindness to stray cats in contemporary life and this book makes a case for respect and care for feral cats as well as pet ownership.
  • Sara P. (Longview, WA)

    The Travelling Cat Chronicles
    This is a lovely story narrated by a cat and set in Japan. Through the cat's eyes the reader gets to know Satoru, the cat's owner; as a young boy, then as an adult. Satoru and the cat travel around Japan to visit all his friends so it becomes a journey of life. Friendship and loyalty are important themes seen from the cat's point of view which adds depth to the story.

Beyond the Book:
  Cats in Japanese Culture

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