The Travelling Cat Chronicles
by Hiro Arikawa & translated by Philip Gabriel
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Format: ARC from NetGalley
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Satoru is travelling across Japan to find the perfect home for his cat, Nana. This journey tells Nana more of his owner’s past and his owner’s desperation in finding a new home for Nana.
This story is told through multiple perspectives: Satoru, Nana the cat, and three Satoru’s longtime friends. There are markers to portray a change in perspective and there is always some context that builds up to which perspective is coming next.
While reading I couldn’t help but see the story as a mute slice-of-life anime. Satoru is the connection that ties every character in the book together. Through the memories of Nana and the friend’s experiences with Satoru we learn about what type of person he is during different stages of his life. It’s these memories where I learned a lot of Satoru and helped me start to care for his character.
When reading I can’t help but wonder why Satoru is adamant on finding a home for Nana. I couldn’t help but chuckle at reading the perspective of a cat no matter how serious the undertone of the story. Nana is a what I imagine a cat would be like if we would understand what was going on in their minds.
The emotions that are evoked through the writing is very subtle where it seems as if we’re just watching a movie, yet I can’t help but drawn into the story. The story is very simplistic in nature with less complexity involved but is a beautiful tale that explores the bonds of friendship. Truly a wonderful book to pick up when trying to settle down for the day.
Read on October 14, 2018