Mar 5, 2021

Book Beginning: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

 I went to one of our newest libraries with the most viewing shelves, and borrowed enough books to last two or three months, if I decide to read them all. Here's the one I started:

The Travelling Cat Chronicles 
by Hiro Arikawa

Published October 2018, Berkley Books

Travels with a cat, through Japan, in changing seasons and with changing scenery. Nana the cat is found as a stray and taken in by Satoru. Both take a long trip together in a silver van, supposedly to visit Satoru's friends. 

The novel reminds me of other travels with animals books, Travels with a Donkey by Robert Louis Stevenson and Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck, both of which I loved and have reread at least once. They are, however, nonfiction.

Book beginning:

I am a cat. As yet, I have no name. There's a famous cat in our country who once made this very statement. 

I have no clue how great that cat was, but at least when it comes to having a name I got there first. Whether I like my name is another matter, since it glaringly doesn't fit my gender, me being male and all. I was given it about five years ago - around the time I came of age. 

Page 56:

"I'm so sorry," Kosuke said, still crying, his head on his chest. "My dad said I can't have him." 


Would you read on?

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Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

I love cat stories - one to look out for!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I loved this when I read it, enjoy

IzaBzh said...

I absolutely read on and didn't regret it, I'm glad you bought it, enjoy !

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Great cover and excerpts. Love the idea of the traveling cat. Here's mine: “UNFAITHFUL”

Tea said...

I love cat stories. My love goes up a notch when travel is included too.

Literary Feline said...

I hope you are enjoying The Travelling Cat Chronicles! I read it last year and really enjoyed it. Such a sweet story. I adored Nana. Have a great weekend!

fredamans said...

Poor kitty!! Happy weekend!

Suko said...

Harvee, thank you for this post. I love that it was written by a Japanese author, and that it's cat-centered. This sounds like my kind of book!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

This sounds like a good one. Thanks for sharing!

Lauren @ Always Me

Lin Ryals said...

Yeap! That first line hooked me. I'm going to have to go look up this book.

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