The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

eBook - 2018
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"A life-affirming anthem to kindness and self-sacrifice, The Travelling Cat Chronicles 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, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451491343
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ari
Description: 1 online resource (277 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Gabriel, J. Philip
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Dec 22, 2018

A stray cat, a lonely man, and a silver van traverse Japan from the seashore to Mt. Fuji to a small island on a journey that will break your heart and at the same time put it together in a configuration that makes it feel more than full. This deceptively simple story seemed at first to be circumstantial and weak on plot then peaked my curiosity to the point that I was pulled in to a crashing ocean wave much like the cat fears will happen when it sees the shore for the first time. I’m reminded of Sarah Winman’s recent masterpiece ‘Tin Man’ which, like this novel, was short but more emotionally compelling than I expected in a narrative this size. I can’t believe that anyone could read it and not be moved-even if they don’t like cats.

JCLHebahA Nov 28, 2018

This wasn't my typical flavor of reading, but it had a cat on the cover and it was told in part from the cat's matter-of-fact point of view, so of course I had to try it. A sweet story about a man, his cat, and the connections they forge on a road trip around Japan. The perspective of Nana the cat brings levity to a story that gets a bit maudlin at times.

Nov 12, 2018

A stray tomcat named Nana meets a man named Satoru, and a beautiful friendship begins. This is a delightful and bittersweet story, similar to Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley, that explores the human heart's connection with the animal world. Each character's story illustrates the power of relationships, how we are shaped by them, and how we cannot live without them.

Oct 22, 2018

This is "The Man Called Ove" for cat-lovers. A stray cat (christened with the name Nana for his seven-shaped tail) is taken in by a single man named Satoru. They live very comfortably together until it is declared that Nana must have a new home. Satoru emails some old friends and the two set off on a journey to visit each friend in turn and find a good home for Nana. As we meet each of his old friends we learn more about Satoru's life growing up. Finally we meet the aunt who raised him (Noriko) and discover the reason for the journey. Get out your tissues! Would make a fantastic book group selection with much to discuss regarding family relationships, growing up, friendships and, of course, the joys of owning a cat.

Oct 10, 2018

This is a touching account of the bond between a man and a stray told by the cat! If you’ve ever loved an animal, keep the tissues handy.


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