Everything about this book appealed to me. My family are huge animal-lovers, and we all have a particular soft spot for cats. I would also love to visit Japan someday – the culture, the language, the scenery… It’s all so beautiful!
So I’m sure you’ve realised by now that this book is centred around a cat, and set in Japan. It’s quite hard to explain the book properly, as it’s a collection of separate narratives that all connect in various ways. And every person’s story features a particular cat, too.
Every character and narrative was extremely unique which I loved – from a renowned tattooist to a translator from America, to a homeless man living on the streets of Tokyo. There was also a large amount of Japanese terminology and cultural references. Some of it I wasn’t actually familiar with, and I have no existing personal knowledge or experience to compare it to, but it felt authentic to me.
One small complaint I have is that I didn’t find the passage of time particularly clear – were these stories taking place simultaneously, or in sequence? Or was there a longer length of time between each? The further I read, the more it kind of made sense to me, but I was a bit confused for quite a while.
This was a really interesting book, with some really lovely moments. There was also a slightly eerie, almost paranormal atmosphere following the cat, which I really loved!
Overall, I’m giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. Perhaps, if/when I ever get to visit Japan and learn more about the culture, I’ll read this book again and be able to appreciate it even more!