We love all animals, and particularly cats. We also love reading memoirs and books about kitties, that guide and inspire cat-parents to make their cat’s life better. (You might be interested in our review: How to live like your cat and Catify to Satisfy by Jackson Galaxy).
My friends kept telling me about yet another amazing book “The Travelling Cat Chronicles” by Hiro Arikawa, and that drew my attention. Although I felt sorry, that I hadn’t read The Travelling Cat Chronicles review by Zachary Houle before, I would love to have known beforehand that I should keep a few boxes of Kleenex beside me while reading this book.
The novel is narrated by a cat named Nana (the Japanese word for “seven”) who was a former stray, rescued by a young man Satoru after a car accident. We know that Satoru cannot care for his pet, and that is the reason why the young man decides to start his journey in a silver van across Japan to find a loving family for his cat. Nana actually resembles the cat Hachi that Satoru had when he was a child.
Hiro Arikawa tells the story of Nana and Satoru’s relationship like a painter who softly adds more depth and color into her masterpiece. The book is an easy and comfortable read. While reading this book, you might suddenly have the feeling of being an observer of their journey and adventures. You slowly start believing that the cat understands the human, and the owner is fluent in cat language. At one point for me the story became the blooming Japanese sakura with the scent of unconditional love, of a man and a cat, and ageless, school-like friendship.
Although Satoru had a very difficult childhood (his parents died in a car accident, he had to change schools and could not keep his cat Hachi) he cared for his school friends and his aunt, who brought him up. Satoru decided to honor them when he knew … I would not like to spoil the end of the book.
Oh, and Nana. He is the perfect feline companion. He admires the amazing scenery of the seaside and Mount Fuji with his owner, communicates, negotiates rather, with other pets just to continue the trip with Satoru.
And in the most serious and difficult situation, in the same manner as every attached pet, Nana accompanied his owner to the very end, despite all inconveniences the cat faced. Hiro Arikawa knows cats amazingly well, so it is unsurprising that Nana is a very witty, funny and loyal cat, who has his own thoughts, feelings and values.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa is a wonderful and emotional book about Japan, friendship and the relation that only true cat owners can understand and feel. For every cat-lover and owner, who owned, owns or will own a fur friend.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles quotes
Here are some of my favorite quotes from The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa to inspire you:
- In the cat world, good manners are a must.
- ‘Do you really want to see the cat that much?’ ‘He’s family, ’ Satoru replied.
- Always looking on the bright side.
- As I explained earlier, most animals are multilingual when it comes to listening, but reading is beyond us.
- Our silver van was like a magic carriage. Every time I got into it, it carried me to a place I’d never been before. At that moment, we were without doubt the greatest travelers in the world. And I was the world’s greatest travelling cat.
- What can I tell you? Cats are realists.
- A waste of time. Cats the world over prefer to discover things they like on their own and rarely go for anything that’s been provided for them.
- Anybody who has a cat will understand.
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