The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Book - 2018
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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. 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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Viking, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735235236
Branch Call Number: ARIKAWA
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Gabriel, Philip 1953-


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Jun 13, 2019

I can see why this book has been a best-seller, even though it wasn't to my personal taste. With its flashback narrative, intimate & complex relationships, and shifting locations, I can imagine this story being adapted to become an Academy Award-winning movie. A heart-tugger and tear-jerker like Love Story or Terms of Endearment (also not really to my taste, but very popular for great reasons).
I checked this book out because I am a cat person and was going on a vacation. The cat in this book is very cool.

Jun 13, 2019

Touching story about a pet who attends a terminally ill man through the worst time of his life that will linger long after the last page is turned. A good choice for a personal library collection, as its meaning and value is timeless.

Jun 03, 2019

A beautifully told story of connections, with unexpected developments.

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.

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!

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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