Book Review

The Travelling Cat Chronicles Review


The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

It’s not the journey that counts, but who’s at your side.

Nana, a cat, is devoted to Satoru, his owner. So when Satoru decides to go on a roadtrip one day to find him a new home, Nana is perplexed. They visit Satoru’s old friends from his school days and early youth. His friends may have untidy emotional lives but they are all animal lovers, and they also wonder why Satoru is trying to give his beloved cat away. Until the day Nana suddenly understands a long-held secret about his much-loved owner, and his heart begins to break.

Narrated in turns by Nana and by his owner, this funny, uplifting, heartrending story of a cat is nothing if not profoundly human.

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A perfect Japanese read (I promise this whole Japanese streak hasn’t been on purpose, it just happened). Best part, it is told from the point of view of the cat, Nana, and it was very interesting.

Nana’s voice is lovely and makes me smile to read all the antics and the way he thinks. But it also makes you wonder what is going in the heads of the humans because you really can’t know it all when it is being seen by a cat’s eyes.

It is also a heartbreaking book, and very beautiful (my edition had one or two illustrations and that made it cuter).

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Check out this wonderful book about a “travelling cat”.

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