Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
A book that “speak[s] volumes about our need for connection—human, feline or otherwise” (The San Francisco Chronicle), The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a life-affirming anthem to kindness and self-sacrifice that shows how the smallest things can provide the greatest joy.
We take journeys to explore exotic new places and to return to the comforts of home, to visit old acquaintances and to make new friends. But the most important journey is the one that shows us how to follow our hearts…
An instant international bestseller and indie bestseller, The Travelling Cat Chronicles has charmed readers around the world. With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru’s longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe…
With his crooked tail–a sign of good fortune–and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.
About: The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a Japanese contemporary written by Hiro Arikawa and translated by Philip Gabriel. It was published on 10/23/2018 by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 272 pages. The genres are Japan, fiction, cats, and contemporary. According to Berkley’s website, “Our expertise in women’s fiction, romance, science fiction/fantasy, and mystery/suspense makes us uniquely suited to introduce a new generation of popular novelists and to reinvigorate the publishing programs for established bestselling authors.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I told my son that this book is about a cat and so he wanted me to read it to him every night. I started reading The Travelling Cat Chronicles on 2/11/2019 and finished it on 4/10/2019 at 1am. (Please ignore the reading date in this case, not easy to find time to read for him now that he has to read for his school and my demanding work schedule. Needless to say, I finished half of the book without him). This book is an excellent read! Nana the cat’s view is upbeat and realistic. I like the story of each one of Satoru’s friends including his own relationship with the cat. I love how each story varies but the friendship with a fondness for cats and dogs between friends are the same. I can’t decide which story is more of my favorite because I enjoy them all. I love that the main character is so kind.
This book is told in the first person point of view following a male stray cat. He first lived by himself, often sleep on top of a van. A single man and a cat lover, Satoru, started coming by and befriended the cat. He began to leave food for the cat every day. One day the cat got hit by a car and the cat call out to Satoru for help. Satoru took the cat to the vet and kept the cat at his house to heal. After two months, Satoru asked the cat to become his pet and named him Nana. Then readers follow the friendship between Satoru and Kosuke about how they first found a cat named Hachi that resembles the current cat Nana. Satoru is now asking Kosuke to take care of Nana because he couldn’t anymore. But as soon as he learn of Kosuke’s life situation, Satoru decided he will have to find another person to care of Nana, and so they get back onto the van and drive on to another destination.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles is very well written and a fun read. Nana the cat has some good humor. I love the twists in the ending. That was most unexpected and so very good. I cry so much. I haven’t read a book with mini stories like this before and I do love it a lot. So many well liked characters and interesting stories, even with Satoru’s aunt Noriko. Definitely one of a kind book and I highly recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: humor, friendship, cats, dogs, Japan, travel, family
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Hiro Arikawa is a renowned author from Tokyo. Her novel The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a bestseller in Japan and is due to be published around the world. (Info obtained from Penguin’s website).
***Disclaimer: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.