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The Cat That Lived a Million Times

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A Buddhist allegory of birth, death and rebirth. This is the tale of a cat with more than nine lives who keeps being reborn to owners he dislikes, until he discovers freedom and love. The book was intended for children, but is also suited to an adult readership.
Hardcover, 31 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by University of Hawaii Press (first published October 20th 1977)
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If you were concerned about The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit , you'll be even more worried by this book. I must admit that I haven't yet tried reading it to a two year old, but here's my artist's impression of how it might play out:

ME: So what are we going to read tonight? How about the cat book?

KID: Cat who lived a million times!!!

ME: Okay. So there was this cat, a great, tiger-striped cat, and how many times did he live?

KID: Million times!

ME: He did! And when he died, what d
A friend I met through Goodreads, Manny, is in the early stages of working on the development of a language learning tool called LARA (Learning and Reading Assistant), with which language learners can, for example, read the text of books in their target languages which have been marked up with magical things like a native speaker's spoken audio recording, or a translation into their own native language. Pretty cool idea, right?

I had the fortune of helping out with Manny's favourite children's bo
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Following this week's journey through more books on Buddhism and short stories apparently for children but more appropriate for adults who may have a bad memory, I read this famous story about a cat that lived many times without caring for the people around him and becoming more arrogant after each rebirth, until he learned to love someone besides himself. Having found freedom and love, he could finally rest. It's a touching tale and the book is beautifully illustrated.


I know that look, cat. Th
Nov 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-fun
Here's the translated text from the book:

The Cat Who Lived a Million Times

There was a cat who could live for a million years.
He died a million times, and lived a million times.
He was a great tiger-striped cat.
A million people adored the cat,
And a million people cried when that cat died.
The cat never cried, not even once.

Once, the cat was a king's cat.
The cat hated the king.
The king was great at war, and was always at war.
And, he put the cat in a magnificent cage,
And took him out to war.
One day,
Valkyrie Vu
Muốn hét lên một câu : BÌA CỦA NHÃ NAM LÀM ĐẸP MÊ TƠI CUỐNG CUỒNG . Thật muốn sưu tầm một kho tàng picture book như vầy để mốt đọc cho con , từ giờ đến lúc đó tự đọc cũng được ahihi .

Well chuyện về chú mèo triệu kiếp thì có lẽ đã quen thuộc quá rồi . Chú mèo kiêu ngạo , yêu bản thân mình hơn tất thảy , sống qua một triệu kiếp , được yêu thương và khóc than bởi rất nhiều người khi chú chết đi nhưng chú vẫn không khóc lấy một lần. Cho tới khi chú yêu một nàng mèo trắng hơn chính bản thân mình .
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Lovely watercolor art about a cat with a million lives. I liked this story, at first I had to get into the story, but then I loved it. I found the end rather sad, but that is life.

This book is in the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up challenge I am doing.
Amanda (Artist Cat)
A beautifully crafted story, much deeper than the colourful pictures let on.
A cat lived and died a million times, was loved dearly by someone a million times, and every time someone wept for his death, but never once did the cat weep...😿
(The rest you'll have to read for yourself.)
My god this book is fucked up. The first half describes all the gruesome deaths this mean, ungrateful cat goes through (which include strangling, getting cut in half and being bitten to death by a dog) and how heartbroken all his owners were, and the second half talks about how he falls in love with this personality-free white cat and settles down and has kids and then she dies and he cries for three days straight and then lies down next to her and dies, too. And is never reincarnated again, pre ...more
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was originally published in Japanese and is in fact in its 56th printing. This is the first time that it has been translated into English. It has been recommended by the Japanese National Committee for Children's Welfare.

It is a wonderful story about a cat with many lives, being born again and again to owners that he doesn't like and he is also fairly arrogant, until he meets a little white cat......

The illustrations are done in watercolor and are just beautiful.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood, death
Nghe "Bên bờ hồ Baikal" rồi đọc chuyện con mèo thấy muốn đập đầu vô gối vì chơi ngu tự ngược đãi tâm trạng trong một tối Chủ Nhật xinh đẹp ;_;

Pequeña historia acerca de, como puede adivinarse, un gato que ha vivido (y muerto) un millón de veces. Podría tomarse como un simbolismo para el camino que lleva por el Samsara al Nirvana.
Tal vez no sea la lectura más apropiada para niños pequeños; al menos para aquellos con una crianza occidental. Al fin y al cabo, como bien señalaba Miguel Serrano, los hindúes encarnan 5000 veces; los de este lado del mundo, solo una.
เฟย ม่วงครามน้ำเงินเขียวเหลืองแสดแดง
เรื่องของแมวน้อยตัวหนึ่ง ที่เกิดมาแล้ว 100 หมื่นชาติ แต่มันไม่เคยพอใจเจ้านายคนไหนของมันเลย
นิทานเด็กว่าด้วยปรัชญาเรื่องความรัก ที่ผู้ใหญ่หลายคนอ่านแล้วน้ำตาซึม
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
I haven't read a hardcopy of this but a kind reader, Toshio, provided a beautiful English translation in his review here:

I'm still sobbing.
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous translation of a wonderful Buddhist Japanese children's story.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple y bello.
Setsuna Moreanu
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"A book for not only children but also adults"-a line written in the Japanese picture book of The Cat That Lived a Million Times in the comment and review section. This book is touching, depressing, but heart warming at the same time. It shows cruelness and bittersweetness at the same time. One of my favorite books, it makes one think about life. Sano Yoko is truly a gifted author.
Maimona masarwi
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, I thought it was an ordinary short story for kids, but at the end it was sad plus it does have a good storyline for a short story!
loved the illustration pictures in the book, they were beautifully done:)

Khue Dinh
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Đọc cái này với Hà ở đường sách.
Atisak Chuengpattanawadee
เนื้อหาลึกซึ้ง เศร้า และอิ่มเอม
เป็นนิทานภาพที่บอกเล่าถึงความรัก ความตาย. การเวียนว่ายตายเกิด และความสิ้นสุด!!!
Christina Packard
Oh it is a good little book with a tale to learn from. For me, I liked it was a cat with a bit of attitude. Interesting he never liked where he was. I also was interested in where everyone buried him. Hmmm.... the lesson learned... don't love someone so much ... and live forever.
Oscar Ho
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To live is to love.
Zachary Salmon
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Translated text is in the comments of this page. Good if you have five minutes and need a quick cry.
Bárbara Cáceres Ch.
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
El libro más maravilloso y emocionante del mundo!
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Em không muốn sống triệu kiếp, cũng chẳng cần triệu kẻ yêu mình"

Quyển sách mình đọc nhanh nhất từ trước tới giờ :)
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the concept of the story. It may not be suitable for small children but then again, it really all depends on that child and the family beliefs.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mình có review cuốn sách này trên blog, mọi người có thể đọc thử ^^
Thái  Thiên Trang
Con mèo triệu kiếp là một cuốn sách thuộc thể loại picture book. Sách được Nhã Nam in ấn rất đẹp, chất liệu dày. Mua về để sưu tầm thì ok.
Chậu Tưởng Kí
chảnh mèo hả mày!
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ngắn gọn và nét vẽ siêu dễ thương, đúng là phù hợp với trẻ con. Nhưng nội dung sâu trong đó thì người lớn cũng cần phải hiểu. Câu chuyện dễ thương, súc tích, phù hợp vói những lúc bản thân quá căng thẳng, mệt mỏi.
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