The Guest Cat
The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller
A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another.
One day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. She is a beautiful creature. She leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again....more
...observation is at its core an expression of love which doesn’t get caught up in sentiment.
Those green eyes glowing in the dark ceaselessly, endowing the cover of this book with a breath of life, a dream of plenitude - those eyes were an irresistible enticement. An immediate move was imperative; The Guest Cat had to be on my shelf. Unfortunately, my expectations were far too great, especially taking into account the fact that one of the ingredients of this plot is supposed to be a couple who ...more
Takashi Hiraide's words
Like dewdrops on cat's whiskers.
I still can recall the expression on my students’ faces when I explained the rules of writing haiku poems to them. It was a mixture of bewilderment and incredulity. They seemed to be asking: you must be joking, it’s sure not enough to be called a poem?! I think the kids’ reaction is similar to many adults’. Especially nowadays, when we live so fast that immortalizing moments and stopping for a while just to admire ...more
From first page’s delicate description of an optical illusion seen on a frosted window pane, this novella painstakingly documents minute and admiring observations, one object at a time. Nature features strongly: the cat, trees, butterflies, insects, but also windows and boundaries. The focus is on poetic beauty in the moment (like haiku), without shadow of sentiment, even when there is good cause for stro ...more
A young Japanese couple who work from home live in a tiny cottage on the edge of a larger estate in a quiet part of Tokyo. The estate has a beautiful old traditional Japanese garden which they are allowed to use by the old couple living in the big house. One day a stray cat is adopted by their neighbours who na ...more
Part of it might be the translation – the translator’s notes at the end explain some useful context about the late 1980s sett ...more
Takashi Hiraide, a Japanese writer, has penned a soul touching and thoroughly captivating tale about a cat and a couple's relationship in his book, The Guest Cat that is centered around a mid aged couple who are freelance writers and work from their rented cottage and lead a very quite and uneventful life, but one day their life brings purpose as an uninvited as well as the neighbor's cat lands up to their kitchen and starts visiting their h ...more
The sentence structure and carefully pruned language are sublime and I simply loved the experience of reading the story. Seeing the settings come alive was like watching someone paint in front of me. However I was always aware I was only seeing the surface of the story, missing everything underneath. The translator's notes at the back helped a great deal, and I need to re-read now.
Highly recom ...more
An almost perfect little book, as delicate as a netsuke. Its tale is simple – a young bohemian couple is adopted by a neighbor's cat, who is treated as a guest, not a pet.
Chibi was a jewel of a cat. Her pure white fur was mottled with several lampblack blotches containing just bit of light brown. The sort of cat you might see just about anywhere in Japan, except she was especially slim and tiny.I didn't realize until I'd almost finished the book that "Chibi" appear ...more
Ok, ovaj uvodni kič preuzet je iz "Srećnih ljudi", serije koja se, GLE ČUDA, premijerno reprizira na javnom servisu po šurnajsti put. Elem, moram da priznam da mi upravo taj uvodni kič daje dobar šlagvort za kratak osvrt na "Gošću", romančić koji je prethodnih dana pazarilo bar 79256278934256 mojih GR i IG kontakata, prvenstveno zahvaljujući preslatkoj mački na koricama, I guess.
Da nastavimo: Život teče, a vreme nas gazi...peva Alj ...more
“The Guest Cat” is a simple novella in terms of a plotline. One can seemingly predict what takes place when a couple falls in love with a cat that begins visiting their home. Look deeper, however, and Hiraide ...more
' Šta je ovo, mačka uopšte nije glavni lik, osećam se prevareno, ja volim mačke i baš me radovalo da čitam knjigu o mački a ono neko dvoje i kao neki opisi i šta je bre ovo'.
Teška vremena prijatelju moj. Moraćeš da patiš kroz kratku minimalističku liriku o prolaznosti, promeni i tananosti sadašnjice.
Al ima i mačka.
No hay misterio, no hay acción. Simplemente se trata de la vida de un matrimonio que se muda lejos de la ciudad y de su relación con un gato vecino.
Lo lindo de este tipo de historias es que se aprende mucho de la cultura japonesa y de sus costumbres.
La naturaleza, el paso de las estaciones y la casa donde viven son también protagonistas de este relato cargado de reflexiones (me sorprendió grat ...more
The book is extremely well written. It is short only three and a half hours long (140 pages). The ...more
Kao sto je vec neko rekao u svom rivjuu, svi smo kupili ovu knjigu zbog slatke naslovnice i zato sto nam je sadrzaj delovao interesantno i misleci da ce biti vezan za macku.
Macka, gosca, u ovoj knjizi je kao i sto sam naslov kaze, gosca, odnosno sporedni element koji se promaja kroz knjigu.
Glavna tema je zivot bracnog para i kako je ta ista macka uticala na njih.
Mozda segment koji me je najvise iznervirao je odn ...more
This was translated into English so I think the translator should get some credit. However, realistically, some of the beauty or context of the original text may have been "lost in translation".
Although, on the surface, the story could be about the guest cat, Chibi, I think it was more ...more
When I first came across this small 140-page paperback in a large bookstore last year, it reminded me of "I Am a Cat" (Tuttle, 2001) by Natsume Soseki. It was a fairly longish novel I read in 2012 and found it argueably enjoyable due to the author's observant ways of looking at his cat as well as his wife and friends, sense of humor, witty dialogs, and so on. I thought Mr Takashi Hiraide might have been inspired to write on a cat like Soseki (it is different from Soseki's in that she is ...more
I've always been a cat person, and before my current little four pawed darling I had my own 'Chibi'. A little black and white puss called Holly who lived in a neighboring abode, and started visiting. Hiraide is masterful in the way he captures the ...more