[Book Review] The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

The Travelling Cat Chronicles written originally in Japanese, and translated by Philip Gabriel follows the adventure of Nana the cat, who was a stray, but was rescued by Satoru. It’s a story of loyalty and friendship as the two travel Japan as Satoru looked for a new owner for Nana.

The novel, despite its short length, accomplishes a lot. Philip Gabriel’s translation is detailed and filled with beautiful descriptions, and highlights Nana’s personality really well.

I hadn’t realised when I bought the book that it would be told from the perspective of Nana the cat, but I loved Nana’s narration. Sweet and sarcastic, Nana is a credible cat. I often thought of whether this would be like what my cat thinks.

Satoru is a charming and caring owner, perhaps a little too perfect, but this is what the story needed. Satoru was loving, was happy despite everything that was thrown at him.

Personally, I loved the book. I was a novel I felt really emotionally attached to, and shed quite a few (read: a lot) of tears at the end.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, but be warned! Bring the tissues, because you will cry!

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