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100万回生きたねこ (The Cat Who Lived a Million Times)

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This is the original Japanese edition of a well known picture book that tells the "tail" of a cat who...lived a million times. A touching portrait of one cat's lives and deaths, owners and lovers.

An arrogant cat is reincarnated many times to many loving owners, but he cannot reciprocate until he learns to love another more than himself.
picture book, 31 pages
Published January 19th 1977 by Kodansha
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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 did
Nov 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 .
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: death, childhood
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 ;_;
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
เฟย ม่วงครามน้ำเงินเขียวเหลืองแสดแดง
เรืองของแมวนอยตัวหนึง ทีเกิดมาแลว 100 หมืนชาติ แตมันไมเคยพอใจเจานายคนไหนของมันเลย
นิทานเดกวาดวยปรัชญาเรืองความรัก ทีผูใหญหลายคนอานแลวนำตาซึม
Quang Khuê
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Đọc cái này với Hà ở đường sách.
Mimona masarwi
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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:)

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