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Graeme Wilson Translator. I am a cat. As yet I have no name. So begins one of the most original and unforgettable works in Japanese literature. Richly allegorical and delightfully readable, I Am a Cat is the chronicle of an unloved, unwanted, wandering kitten who spends all his time observing human nature - from the dramas of businessmen and schoolteachers to the foibles of priests and potentates.
I Am a Cat first appeared in ten installments in the literary magazine Hotoguisu Cuckoo , between and After its great critical and popular success, he expanded it into this epic novel, which is universally recognised as a classic of world literature. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 1st by Tuttle Publishing first published More Details Original Title. I am a Cat Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of I Am a Cat. Oct 11, Michael Finocchiaro rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , japanese-lit , novels , japaneseth-c. Set in Tokyo before the WWI, the primary character is the author's cat who wanders around the neighbourhood picking up bits of conversation and making fun of its owner and his relationship with his wife and neighbours and students. Words escape me to describe how incredibly funny and perceptive this book it and what a pure pleasure it is to read.
If you read one Soseki book besides Botchan, make it this o One of my favourite books of all time, I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki is a comic masterpiece.
If you read one Soseki book besides Botchan, make it this one! View all 18 comments. Jun 27, Nick rated it liked it. I've been a cat now for what seems like an eternity. If anyone asks you what it's like to be a cat, hand them a copy of the book and walk rapidly away. Reading the book has been a lot like having a cat as a pet -- occasionally delightful, sometimes insightful, and frequently annoying.
I Am a Cat was written by Japanese author Soseki Natsume at the end of the s and the beginning of the s. It's a gentle satire told from the point of view of a household cat in the home of a teacher of modes I've been a cat now for what seems like an eternity. It's a gentle satire told from the point of view of a household cat in the home of a teacher of modest means and abilities.
Most of the book listens in on the discussions the teacher, his wife, and his friends have about everyday life, love, and bureaucracy. It's more insightful than I feared it might be, but less engaging than I hoped it would be, mostly because the household that the cat occupies is a humdrum one.
An occasional visitor provides most of the liveliness; he's a wit with a propensity for telling silly stories that promise a great payoff and usually fail to deliver. If you're curious about Japanese life around or you really, really, really love cats, then read the first pages of this book. That will give you more than enough of an idea of the book as a whole.
View 1 comment. Dec 28, Kimley rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Tosh. Shelves: 20th-century , japanese. I feel your pain! The cat is sitting there thinki "I've had enough of being farted at by weasels and crippled with side-swipes from the fishmonger's pole" I feel your pain Rickshaw Blacky.
The cat is sitting there thinking "heh, what a moron! You are that feline's bitch! And if you're not careful you just may find yourself the subject of a hysterical book that is a wonderful social satire through the eyes of a cat. Now you don't actually need to be a cat fancier to enjoy this book. It's simply a device used as an external viewpoint on us crazy humans. While there are occasions where the appreciation of the feline species will give you some extra laughs, the majority of the book feels like an old-fashioned omniscient narrator tale.
Even the no-name cat remarks on his uncanny ability to read human minds and decipher the psychology behind our actions. Nearly every page has a juicy quotable tidbit. It did get unexpectedly slightly heavy at the end which wasn't quite in tune with the tone of the rest of the book but wildly amusing throughout and a perfect summer read. View all 15 comments. Still deciding whether or not to deem it as an official fave or not though!
But I shall explain. This story is a bind up of 3 volumes told from a stray tabby cat with no name who wanders into the mansion of a professor who decides to let him stay and live there. It is about his years living with his owner and all the drama and adventures throughout his life. I really enjoyed this whole idea because it was basically just a very unique way for the author to poke fun at the human race and all our flaws because mostly this little unnamed tabby cat would watch his owner do something and then make witty comments about how stupid and horrible humans are - such as how heartless they are when the unnamed cat's friend had kittens and her humans killed them all, how abusive they can be to animals who they think are lesser than them by not feeding this little cat, how stupid they are for walking on two legs when they have four available to them, and how they selfish they are.
I also thought the cat's voice was wonderful - because he sounded exactly how I imagine my cat, Cody, sounding if he was every able to speak. There were very long winded paragraphs and pages detailing the tabby's owner's life and drama with his friends, and most of their stories were very boring and I found myself just not caring to read them and skipping to when the tabby was going on his own adventures. Also, that ending though, wtf Natsume Soseki that was fucking uncalled for.
Amazing book! Highly recommend!! Sep 08, Rita rated it liked it. There's not much action in it and it's all about the cat's opinion on everything: especially people. It actually speaks, in a very particular way, of mediocrity. The cat describes the routine of its master, a japanese man that teaches english in Japan, and the way he deals with life.
The descriptions are very rich and the references to other works are diverse and intriguing, compelling you to know more about japanese classic literature. All things cons "I am a cat" is a "slow-reading" book.
All things considered, it's an entertaining read with substance. Good for reconsidering your self-image. Feb 06, T.
Whittle rated it it was amazing Shelves: natsume-soseki , reviews , favourites-fiction. I just loved I Am a Cat. I recommend reading a bit each night, before sleep, for hilarious dreams. Admittedly, the translation is a bit disconcerting because it reads as if the Japanese have been cross-bred with the Victorian English. I would be very happy to read a fresh translation which re I just loved I Am a Cat. I would be very happy to read a fresh translation which relies on footnotes rather than Anglicized phrases, names, and vocabulary.
I got confused at the beginning thinking that the Anglicized names were English people living among the Japanese. Took me awhile to catch on!
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