It’s not the journey that counts, but who is at your side”Excerpt From
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
by Hiro Arikawa
Synopsis from Goodreads
Nana, a cat, is devoted to Satoru, his owner. So when Satoru decides to go on a roadtrip one day to find him a new home, Nana is perplexed.
They visit Satoru’s old friends from his school days and early youth. His friends may have untidy emotional lives but they are all animal lovers, and they also wonder why Satoru is trying to give his beloved cat away. Until the day Nana suddenly understands a long-held secret about his much-loved owner, and his heart begins to break.
Narrated in turns by Nana and by his owner, this funny, uplifting, heartrending story of a cat is nothing if not profoundly human.
Actually, I am not a big fan of cats. They frighten me. Any person who has always owned a cat, on the other hand, will be affected by this wonderfully evoked cat ride.
What else could I say about the story? It’s a narrative about development (both human and cat), part abstract fiction, half satire, all placed in the backdrop of a lovely trip story.
The Traveling Cat Chronicles’ organization is deceptively simple. With third-person substitutions and a representation of Nana the cat, followed by a tour over a nicely imagined setting. While it may seem absurd, The Traveling Cat Chronicles provides insight into a cat’s thoughts. This cat is quite probably the most fascinating and unique character I have ever read about. A typically touching narrative gains a humorous element from Nana. Reading Nana’s ongoing commentary on the behavior of everyone around him is hilarious and provides an enlightening perspective on all the ridiculous things humans do when they are in the presence of cats.
While the reader is fortunate to hear Nana’s thoughts directly, Satoru, his partner, must decode them through his catlike companion’s behaviors. This pair is a great combination in certain aspects, more so than some other two characters I’ve discovered, despite the fact that they are not from the same species and do not speak in the same language. There’s something really human about their relationship, and I couldn’t imagine one without the other.
For the most of the novel, I’m not sure why Satoru and Nana are on this voyage together. Nonetheless, because the tale is so well-crafted, this didn’t bother me at all. I was merely happy to be invited for the sake of personal amusement.
This book is actually amazing to read. It’s obvious that this is a remarkable tale. We need literature that makes us feel. Although some readers may find the book’s depictions of horrifying events to be overly spectacular, it doesn’t escape being realistic. You should take your time reading this story and savor each and every word. You’ll be able to grasp this if you’re a cat person, on the odd chance. Even if cats aren’t your thing, you’ll still like this since Satoru and Nana’s bond has a really universal human quality that everyone can relate to.
All I can say is that i highly recommend this novel to everyone out there.☺️