I loved this gentle, quiet novel about a stray cat named Nana and Satoru, the human who takes him in. One day, the pair starts taking road trips around Japan to visit Satoru’s friends. The relationship between these two characters is very sweet and will resonate with anyone who has ever been devoted to a pet. Recommended By Jennifer H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
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 and Indie 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.
“Continues the Japanese tradition of folkloric tales that celebrate simple values such as self-sacrifice and friendship. It has the warmth, painterly touch, and tenderness of a Studio Ghibli film — and is a delight to read.” Financial Times
“Like Of Mice and Men or The Kite Runner, Arikawa’s central concern is friendship and the things we’ll do for the people, or animals, that we love." The Irish Times
“Anyone who has ever unashamedly loved an animal will read this book with gratitude, for its understanding of an emotion that ennobles us as human beings, whether we value it or not.” Lynne Truss, The Guardian
About the Author
Hiro Arikawa is a renowned author from Tokyo. Her novel The Travelling Cat Chronicles
is a bestseller in Japan and is due to be published around the world.
Philip Gabriel is a highly experienced translator of Japanese and is best known for his translation work with Haruki Murakami.