Book Reviews

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, translated by Philip Gabriel

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Rating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I’m no stranger to books making me cry or briefly tear up but this thing just straight up kept me SOBBING for THIRTY PAGES (at the very end).

And that’s not to say that The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a sad book.

It is a BEAUTIFUL, wonderfully tender journey, full of contemplative stillness, colorful imagery and mindful moments to nourish the soul. It is so sweet and fulfilling. (Think: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and/or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).

The Travelling Cat Chronicles is the story of Nana (the cat) and Satoru (his owner). Through Nana, we learn many curious details about Satoru’s past, we meet old friends, and visit scenic destinations.

Nana is quite insightful and it is pleasant and cozy to be inside her head, since she has a very good grasp of the world and of human emotion.

As for the crying part, don’t let that dissuade you from reading this. It was a good cry, the kind that makes you feel lighter afterwards. And the whole point of the book is to not feel sad about it.

I would recommend this to cat lovers, yes, but not exclusively, since the story isn’t so much about the cat, but his owner. I’d also recommend this as a beach read and a bedtime read, because it’s very relaxing and episodic and you can put it down at any moment with the comforting knowledge that you can take your time to come back to this one. There’s a handful of books I’ve described as “a warm hug”, and this one’s going on that list.

Also it’s going on my top 5 books of 2018, no take-backsies.

Comes out on October 23rd!