The Travelling cat Chronicles written by Hiro Arikawa and translated by Philip Gabriel, is a touching, bittersweet and beautiful story of a young man in his thirties – Satoru – and his cat, Nana. When you come across a story with a pet involved, you know you are in for a heartbreak. And yes, this book will have it’s fair share of making you cry.
Satoru is this amazing guy – who has lost his parents early in his life, has been forced to move around a lot during his school life, thus making new friends in every school and in every part of his life – yet leads life with no complaints. When he is really young, he and his friend find a stray kitten and circumstances make Satoru to adopt the cat and he loves it more than his life. When he is forced to move, he has to send the cat away to a relative and is very much heartbroken. All through his teenage, he plans to save money and visit his dear cat but fate once again closes the door on him.
Now an adult, Satoru is living alone and when he finds a street cat under his car, he immediately develops a liking towards it because it of its shocking resemblance to his old pet. When the stray cat is wounded, Satoru takes him in and moves houses for the sake of him and the two of them start bonding. After an amazing couple of years together, destiny forces Satoru to find a new home for Nana and goes on a travel to find his old friends to ask for their help. The story is about how Nana and Satoru meet his friends from every part of his life and what happens to their friendship in the end.
I gotta tell you, this is one amazing book and you MUST read it. Go on! Even if you aren’t a cat lover (hell, I ain’t one) you cannot stop falling in love with Nana’s sass and feisty narration. The author draws a beautiful picture of Satoru and his friendly and compassionate and patient nature that one can’t stop wondering “is he for real”. The man cries for a cat !! How can I not fall in love with the story?
Satoru might be reaching out to his friends for help but in the end he is helping each of them knowingly or unknowingly. He values his friendship so much – both human and feline!.
This is a simple yet an unforgettable journey for both Satoru and Nana and the part where they visit Hokkaido Island is so vivid and the imagery is beautiful.
But its not something to be sad about. As we count up the memories from one journey, we head off on another.
Special appreciation to the translator and LOTS OF LOVE to the narrator George Blagden of the audiobook. He was soothing to listen to and funny when reading Nana’s lines.
My rating 5 stars.