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I finally got around to reading The Travelling Cat Chronicles, an instant international bestseller that received a lot of praise from mainstream reviewers after its publication last fall. And I’m so glad I finally did.
This beautifully written novel about Nana the cat and his human Satoru takes the reader on a journey as the two visit three of Satoru’s longtime friends. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Satoru needs to find a new home for Nana, and he wants to make sure that it’s the right fit. It turns out that none of them is right for a variety of reasons, all of them partially due to Nana making sure that he won’t be left behind.
About half of the book is narrated in Nana’s voice, and these passages are filled with gems of cattitude. When Satoru first meets Nana, he asks him “I guess you want something in exchange for being stroked?” The cat responds with his signature style: “Quick on the draw, this one. Quite right. Got to get something in return for having my sleep disturbed.”
This is a book about friendship, family, and connection, and about taking joy in the small, simple things. It drew me in from the first few pages with its beautifully descriptive and often lyrical writing style. At its core, it’s also a book about the enduring power of the bond between a cat and his human.
And while I found myself sobbing through the last 50 or so pages, this is ultimately a joyful book, because the story ends in a heartbreaking, yet beautiful, loving way.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles is available from Amazon.
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