Oct 7, 2021

The Cat and the City by Nick Bradley: Book Beginning


The Cat and the City by Nick Bradley, August 1, 2021, Atlantic Books

Genre: stories set in Tokyo.  Source: library book

Book beginning:


Kentaro held the cup of hot coffee to his lips and blew at the rising steam. The back office of his tattoo parlor was dimly lit, and the light from his laptop screen gave his dirty white stubble a blueish hue. Reflected in his glasses, a long list of links on an open webpage scrolled up slowly. His hand gripped a Blutooth mouse, the buttons covered with greasy finger marks...

Page 56:

Street Fighter II (Turbo)

The screen froze, went white, then displayed two words.


"What the hell!" I beat the side of the machine with my fist. "Come on."

Comments from readers...interlocking stories of cats, Tokyo, loneliness and redemption. (David Mitchell, via Twitter) 

The Cat and The City is a love letter to Japan and its literature.... He is also very clearly a man with a great tenderness for cats. (Rowan Hisayo Buchanan)

Would you read on?

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  1. I love the comment that this book is a love letter to Tokyo and its literature. That sounds so promising. My Friday quotes

  2. I haven't heard much about The Cat and the City. Have a great weekend!

  3. This sounds lovely! I love interlocking, yet technically separate, stories, especially if there are cats involved. I'm going to keep my eyes open for this one. I hope you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  4. I would definitely continue reading this one! Right up me and Elza's alley. Will make a note of this book now.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Elza Reads

  5. Great excerpts that made me feel the scenes. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW”

  6. I need to read more books set in Japan...

    Lauren @ Always Me

  7. I like the sounds of this one. I used to play Street Fighter the original game on arcade and loved it! :-) Happy weekend!

  8. I’m on the library list for The Guide, great review.


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