Review: The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

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Oh my! Where do I begin to tell you how beautiful this book is? How do I convey that I was sitting there desperate to be at home with my kitties when this book ended [No spoilers].

The Story

“How could I ever leave him, having experienced that kind of love? I will never, ever, leave him.”

-Nana

Saturo, having lost his beloved cat at the same time he lost his parents, is now grown up and has had his van adopted by a stray cat who enjoys sleeping on it. When the cat is in an accident he calls upon the kindness of Saturo to help him get better. Thus begins a deep and authentic friendship between a young man and his cat.

“At that moment, we were without doubt the greatest travellers in the world. And I was the world’s greatest traveling cat.”

The story is told both in Saturo’s words and in the words of the cat, Nana, as they embark on a great journey together [to say more would be a spoiler]. The journey is poignant, but never precious, sweet, but never cloying. It is balanced so nicely between those qualities that I never wanted to stop the audiobook and get out of the car. The reader was perfect for his role as well.

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

I will be buying myself a copy of this one to keep–it is now that dear to me.

My Verdict

4.5

The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

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