Review: The Travelling Cat Chronicles


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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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6 Comments on Review: The Travelling Cat Chronicles

  1. Andrea
    May 17, 2019 at 4:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Yes, a great review. Made me cry too but such a good book.

  2. silvia shanahan
    May 17, 2019 at 2:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I just read it too….in addition to the touching story, I thought the translator did a wonderful job in his use of colloquialisms…they were so humorous.
    It’s a gift to translate, especially from Japanese to Eenglish

  3. NancyE
    May 17, 2019 at 9:07 am (2 years ago)

    I only recently heard about this book, and read it within the last month. It is so moving, and the author clearly knows cats well. Once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I can’t imagine any cat lover not liking it.

  4. Janine
    May 17, 2019 at 7:48 am (2 years ago)

    A friend of mine sent this book to me and I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I definitely need to pull it out and read it. It does sound good.

  5. Fur Everywhere
    May 17, 2019 at 6:31 am (2 years ago)

    I actually read this last year, and it’s a fantastic book! It made me cry, though. Such a sweet story. I’d definitely recommend it to any cat lover!

    • Patsy
      May 18, 2019 at 3:39 am (2 years ago)

      This is an extraordinary book. I received it as a gift from one of my daughters and hope she will be able to find other books by this author. The translator did a wonderful job of keeping the feel of the Japanese author.. it was a very moving story but the ending was good so I could be happy and the crying did not carry over for a long time It may be the best cat story ever.


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