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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 happens - Nana is struck by a car. Somebody, help me! But that was idiotic. Nobody was going to help a stray.
Then, I remembered the man who came every night to leave me crunchies. Maybe he could help. Satoru hears Nana's painful yowls and rushes to help the injured cat. And thus begins one of the greatest human-feline friendships to have ever formed.
Only, five years later, Satoru packs everything into his car (including Nana) and sets off to find Nana a new home. Bewildered but determined, Nana knows one thing is for certain - no one will keep him from his human.
Wow - seriously wow - this book was good. I read it from cover to cover in a single afternoon and I'm itching for a re-read already!
Hiro Arikawa did an amazing job of writing from a cat's perspective. The combination of Nana's hilarious derision of humans: Humans always underestimate our language skills. Just cause they can read and write, there's no need to act all high and mighty. and the author's attention to detail regarding Nana's thoughts and habits: I yawned back. Sorry. Zero interest. Noriko just didn't get it. A wide box spoils all the fun; it offers none of the charms of being inside a box. really brought this book to life. I don't know how to explain it other than Nana felt like a real cat to me.
As Satoru attempts to find Nana a new home, he spends time with childhood friends. Inevitably, they begin to reminisce and the audience is treated with sweet, poignant and hilarious flashbacks (often with sarcastic commentary courtesy of Nana).
One of my favorite moments is how Satoru obtained Hatchi (his first cat). I don't want to spoil it, but it involved elementary kids running away, climbing a school building, leaning precariously over the roof and this quote: Satoru turned to Kosuke with a grave expression on his face, "Kosuke, could you, like, kind of straddle the railing" I honestly don't think this book could possibly be better. This is the kind of book that everyone should read at least once in their lifetimes. Because it was a very special thing - to have your own cat in your home. With thanks to Berkley Publishing for an arc in exchange for an honest review
All quotes are from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon final publication
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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 Yoshimine, the brusque and unsentimental farmer for whom cats are just ratters; Sugi and Chikako, the warm-hearted couple who run a pet-friendly B&B; and Kosuke, the mournful husband whose cat-loving wife has just left him. There’s even a very special dog who forces Nana to reassess his disdain for the canine species.
But what is the purpose of this road trip? And why is everyone so interested in Nana? Nana does not know and Satoru won’t say. But when Nana finally works it out, his small heart will break…