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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  34,101 ratings  ·  6,299 reviews
Sometimes you have to leave behind everything you know to find the place you truly belong...

Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he's going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru. Side by side, they cruise around Japan through the changing seasons, visiting Satoru's old friends. He meets
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Viking (first published November 2012)
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Karen The paperback edition I am reading is printed on good quality thick paper. It will keep just as well as a hardback.

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Miranda Reads

Humans who think we don't understand them are the stupid ones.
Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Hiro Arikawa is a masterful storyteller. I loved every word. I laughed, I cried, I was an emotional whirlwind in the best way possible.

Satoru, a young businessman, attempts to befriend a young feral cat with a crooked tail.

After a few weeks, the two work towards a mutual understanding - Satoru leaves "crunchies" for Nana and sometimes (only sometimes) Nana allows Satoru to pet him.

Then, something awful
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Matthew by: Berkley Publishing Group
I finished this book and closed it.

I immediately had chills all through my body.

This book is an excellent experience! The characters and the story will grab you from page one and won’t let you go. You will be told stories of good things and bad things, friendships and jealousy, family and heartbreak. Each of them, whether they bring sadness or joy will fill your heart and satisfy your mind.

While pets do play a key role in this story, I don’t think you need to be a pet lover to enjoy it. I am not
This is a quirky, poignant and heartbreaking novel translated from the Japanese. There are the odd occasions at the beginning of this novel that you may think it is a trifle simplistic, but bear with it, as it will draw you in. It is related from the perspective of Satoru Miyawaki, and his beloved Nana, a stray cat, so named because his tail resembles the Japanese character for the number seven. Nana loved settling on Satoru's silver van, and found himself getting fed by him. He resembles a cat, ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, japan, cats
I decided to read this small novel because I recently adopted a lovely kitten and the blurb promised a “tender feel-good story of a man's journey around Japan with a streetcat. ” As I feel nothing but love for my fur ball, I thought this was going to be the perfect companion for the moments Arya decides to sleep in my lap and I have to keep still 2 hours so I do not disturb the princess. It started as promised, a funny story from the cat’s perspective but then it became a bitter-sweet account of ...more
Joel Rochester
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-stars, read-2021
This is so bittersweet and I never thought I'd love reading from a cat's perspective so much askljdfhfkljh ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

The story begins with a stray cat who enjoys being free and is very happy with his life. His favorite place to sleep is on top of a parked, silver van that belongs to a young man named Satoru. Satoru likes the cat and brings him ‘crunchies’ from time to time. Eventually, the cat suffers an injury and needs some help.

“By the time I reached the silver van, dawn was breaking. I really couldn’t take another step. This is it, I thought. I cried out at the top of my lungs. Oww…owwwww!”

Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
'as we count up the memories from one journey, we head off on another. remembering those who went ahead. remembering those who will follow after. and someday, we will meet all those people again, out beyond the horizon.'

oh my goodness. who would expect such a tiny book to contain so much e m o t i o n?!

as a (previous) long-time cat owner, this book is something that i can relate to on somewhat of an instinctual level. from recognising nanas various moods to empathising with satoru for how mu
Amalia Gkavea
‘’Human beings are basically huge monkeys that walk upright, but they can be pretty full of themselves.’’

Confession alert: each time I see a cat- and I literally mean EACH time- I shout ‘’Kitty!’’ at the top of my lungs like a 5-year-old who has never seen a cat before or like a 33-year-old cat idiot, which is precisely what I am. Unashamedly. I adore all animals but cats are one of my major weaknesses. Furthermore, Greeks love cats and the beautiful felines are one of the attractions of Atheni
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translator) is a 2018 Viking publication. (Originally published in 2012).

An emotional, poignant story featuring an amazing cat named Nana-

Nana is a stray cat who enjoys sleeping in the sun on the hood of a van, and tolerating humans if necessary, especially if he is given crunchy bits to eat.

But, when tragedy strikes, by way of getting hit by a car, Nana is taken in by the human, Satoru, the van owner who leaves him food. Satoru n
Angela M
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
I wasn’t going to read this book. I’m not a cat person. I’m not a dog person either. In all honesty, I’m just not an animal person, although I do find kittens and puppies to be adorable. I hope all my pet loving friends won’t judge me - it’s just the way I am. But I couldn’t ignore all of the wonderful reviews that talked about what a lovely story this was and I’m glad I didn’t skip it . A lonely man Satoru adopts a stray cat, a feisty, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes sweet and always l
Susanne  Strong
5 Stars.

Bittersweet, Lovely & Poignant.

Somethings in life are Kismet. Nana, meeting Saturo is exactly that.

Nana, is a street cat - completely happy with his life: his favorite place to chill is under the hood of a silver van. Saturo’s van. When he was a boy, Saturo had a cat that looked just like Nana - that cat’s name was Hachi and Saturo loved him very much. Nana of course, wants nothing to do with Saturo - though he sure does like the crunchy food he leaves for him!

Then the worst thing imagi
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

This is a bit of a slow starter but by the first 100 pages the beautiful prose had me in it’s hands. Being a cat lover and owner I jumped at the chance to read and review this beautiful little book, I was not disappointed.

This is not a book to be rushed. It is best read when you have time to savor the story and the sentiment that is being relayed. The novel is told in alternating perspectives by Satoru Miyawaki and his much loved cat, Nana. Although a male, Nana was named for
”Time, I've been passing time
Watching trains go by.
All of my life,
Lying on the sand watching seabirds fly.
Wishing there would be
Someone waiting home for me.

“Something's telling me it might be you
It's telling me it might be you
All of my life...”

--”It Might Be You,” Stephen Bishop, Songwriters: Alan Bergman / Dave Grusin / Marilyn Bergman or (Tootsie - 1982)

When first we meet Nana, he is a relaying the story of how he
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

"On our last journey, let's see all kinds of amazing things. Let’s spend our time taking in as many wonderful sights as we can."

Satoru has found and befriended a stray cat who he later names Nana. Nana reminds him of a cat, Hatchi, he had as a child. As he beings to feed Nana his "crunchies", they slowly develop an affinity for each other. After Nana is hit by a car, Satoru brings him home and the two live a happy life together. Until....

"I know this is a bit sudden, but can you take my
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully told, heartwarming story, that will make you never look at your cat the same way again....

Do you ever wonder what your cat is thinking? Especially when he gives you one of those looks, you know the one! In this charming story guaranteed to put a smile on your face you will get the perspective of Nana, The cat and his owner Satoru... there is a sweet innocence to this book that will melt even the hardiest of hearts.... cat person, dog person, it doesn’t matter this is a book perfect
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 sentimental stars to The Travelling Cat Chronicles! 🐱 🐱 🐱 🐱 🐱

If you are an animal lover, read this book. Especially if you are a cat lover, don’t miss it! If you enjoy a sentimental, loving, perfectly told story, I implore you to read The Travelling Cat Chronicles!

From the beginning, when I read Nana’s voice, I knew the author, Hiro Arikawa, has been loved by a cat. We’ve all read the story about “man’s best friend,” the dog, but what about the love of a cat?

Nana is a stray cat living in a p
Kylie D
Nana is a stray cat who, when injured by a car, is taken in by a kind man Satoru. Nana and Satoru live together happily for five years, then something changes, and Nana finds himself in Satoru's van travelling around Japan visiting friends from his owners past. Unsure why they're on the road Nana reacts to Satoru's friends in different ways, and slowly the story unwinds, the story of Satoru's past, and their future.

A poignant book, both happy and sad at times, I found The Travelling Cat Chronicl
Elyse  Walters
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, asia, animals
Life lessons 101...
Finding strength & Security in oneself...
Special Devotions...
Truth...lies...and everything in between....

Original purring storytelling

Even Dog lovers will be moved.
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-besties
Emotional, charming, and heartwarming. I don’t know that there is a better way to describe this book other than absolutely perfect. Nana the cat charmed me and seeing the world through his eyes simply filled me with laughs, tears, and smiles. I highly recommend this book to anyone who could use some healing of the soul. It reminded me about love, and being caring, and doing something for others even if it is hard. It’s a book of lessons told in a beautiful story form. I imagine this might be the ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little book is one to own in hardcover. The cover is just perfect but then I have always had a thing for black cats:)

The travelling cat is not black but white with patches and he really does travel around Japan with his owner Satoru. Much of the dialogue belongs to this cat and for the early part of the book I was not sure how it was going to go. It was a little slow and a little too simple but as it progressed things improved.

The cat called Nana (Japanese for seven because his tail was be
As a fellow cat lover, I actually feel a pang of guilt, for giving this book a low rating. This was just not what I expected and it was just such a tiresome read. In a nutshell, this is a rather twee story about a man and his cat. We get taken on a road trip, travel around a bit, but overall, it all got a bit predictable for my liking. I mean, I had already guessed what was going to happen in the first few chapters.
This was apparently a tear-jerking read, but for me, the only tears I was sheddi
Helene Jeppesen
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful, petite story that I stumbled across in the bookstore the other day, and that turned out to be the most heart-warming story not only about cats, but about pets in general and how they bring joy to our lives.
This Japanese story played with a wish I’ve had for years: To be inside the mind of a cat and get to know what they’re thinking. Parallel to that, we’re also following the story of a cat-owner who’s desperate to find a new home for his pet. His visits to friends are entwined
Holly  B
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

A gentle, quiet story with the voice of a previously stray cat who has a lot of charm and a little "catitude"...

This book is translated from Japanese and has been a best-seller in Japan.  Satoru Miyawaki meets and rescues the cat he ultimately names "Nana" even though he is a male cat.

Nana the cat has a crooked black tail and a white body with a little black mark on his head. He is a stray and has been living on the street.  He has taken up residence on the hood of Satoru's van. We
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The "romance" novel I didn't know I needed!
An absolutely beautiful, heartbreaking and poignant book set on the backdrop of Japans changing seasons.

“As we count up the memories from one journey, we head off on another.”

As an animal lover, reading a story from a former stray-cats perspective about its love and adoration for his owner really hit its mark. I was so engaged in the story that I finished it in one day, and although it might seem a bit simplistic from the start, it really develops
Nat K
Sometimes the gentler stories have the biggest impact. My heart has melted!

A beautiful jewel of story, a delightful gem.

A heartwarming tale of the relationship between a young man Sukoru, and his cat Nana (a stray that he rescues after being run over). But this is over simplifying a story which has so many layers to it.

”And so began our new life together, Satoru was the perfect roommate for a cat, and I was the perfect roommate for a human.”

Sukoru and Nana live together for five happy years, whe
English is my native language, but I grew up in the Miami area, so when it came time to choose a second language, I went with Spanish.

I loved learning Spanish, and I was especially thrilled that it helped me become an expert at ordering my most favorite indulgence: Cuban coffee.

But, my moment of crowning achievement with the language was the day when I was handed Sr. Marquez's El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba, and I read it.

I read it. And, like, I couldn't believe it. I read Marquez in Spani
What a great, funny, heart warming, heart wrenching, punch in the gut read. I won this book via Read it Forward back in 2018. I started it a few times, getting a few pages in and then it would sit. Honestly, I don't know why. Maybe I thought it wasn't for me. I have dogs. I don't understand cats. It has sat on my nightstand for over a year and I do not know what pushed me to pick it up, but again....I'm so sorry I waited to read it.

Satoru finds a stray cat when he is very young along with a chil
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
Good books make you cry; amazing books make you weep. This is an amazing book.
Although I bought this book for the cover - a painting of a little black cat that looks so like my current sweet cat - it is also turned out to be a most delightful read as well.

Nana, the cat in the story is white with black splotches and a tail bent like a number seven (nana in Japanese). He starts life growing up on the streets and makes friends with Satoru when he starts to leave him food under his silver van. When Nana is hurt in an accident Satoru nurses him back to health and Nana decides
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

I’m a dog person, but really, if you love a pet, it’s the same. So, I decided to give this small book about a cat and his person a shot. Nana is a feral cat when we first meet him. But a broken leg transforms him into Satoru’s pet. When Satoru says he must give up Nana for some unknown reason, they start off on a road trip, trying to find the right home for Nana.

Be aware, Nana is the narrator of this tale. If you have trouble with anthropomorphism, this will not be the book for you.

This is a v
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Hiro Arikawa won the tenth annual Dengeki Novel Prize for new writers for Shio no Machi: Wish on My Precious in 2003, and the book was published the following year. It was praised for its love story between a heroine and hero divided by age and social status, and for its depiction of military structures. Although she is a light novelist, her books from her second work onwards have been published a ...more

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