The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

eBook - 2018
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Sometimes you have to leave behind everything you know to find the place you truly belong...Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he's going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru. Side by side, they cruise around Japan through the changing seasons, visiting Satoru's old friends. He meets Yoshimine, the brusque and unsentimental farmer for whom cats are just ratters; Sugi and Chikako, the warm-hearted couple who run a pet-friendly B&B; and Kosuke, the mournful husband whose cat-loving wife has just left him. There's even a very special dog who forces Nana to reassess his disdain for the canine species. But what is the purpose of this road trip? And why is everyone so interested in Nana? Nana does not know and Satoru won't say. But when Nana finally works it out, his small heart will break...
Publisher: [Canada] :, Viking,, 2018
ISBN: 9780735235243
0735235244
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Gabriel, Philip 1953-- Translator

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Tigard_AnnmarieA Feb 12, 2019

This best-selling Japanese novel offers a cat’s-eye view of a road trip across Japan. Sassy and wise cat Nana, a former stray, and his owner and rescuer, the gentle Satoru, embark in a silver van to visit three of Satoru’s childhood friends in turn, in order to find the cat a new home. They enjoy Japan’s beautiful scenery en route, including Mt. Fuji and the northern island of Hokkaido. Their life stories and Satoru’s impact on his friends, told in flashbacks, are gradually revealed in this deceptively simple bittersweet story. Grab your hanky.

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fantasyland
Jan 22, 2019

The Traveling Cat Chronicles is a light read, but as it’s told from Nana’s point of view, you feel the love that is there between Satoru and himself. I didn’t want to have to put it down because I had to sleep! I would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially a cat lover!

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Tara_P
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.

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KSpaulding
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.

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darladoodles
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.

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Hatgal1969
Oct 10, 2018

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

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