The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa Translated into English by Philip Gabriel
This is going to be the shortest book blog I’ve ever written, simply because I find myself at a loss for the right words to express how much I love this book. The elegant simplicity of the writer’s style left me in awe. That being said, read this beautiful, insightful, touching, grounding, intelligent piece of literature/art!
From Amazon.com; “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—the perfect gift for cat lovers and travellers!
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.”
Enough said. Man or woman, young or old, cat-lover or not...read this book. It’s an ethereal story you will carry in your heart long after the final page is turned.