THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES(Berkley) by Hiro Arikawa has been translated into English. It’s a little whimsical gem of a book, that I hope isn’t missed by readers. It could be read like a “cat story,” but it’s oh, so much more.

Saturo, an orphan with no girlfriend, friends or career bonds with Nana, a five year-old stray street cat. Nana daily shows up on his truck, where Saturo leaves food, until Nana’s hit by a car and nearly killed. Nana uses his last breath to drag himself to Saturo’s home where he meows so loudly, Saturo comes outside. Immediately he takes the injured cat to a veterinarian.

Nana soon finds himself recovering inside Saturo’s home, complete with a litter box (which he figures out) regular meals and love. He comes to enjoy the amenities.  Once Nana is well, Saturo decides he has to give him away, but he won’t just put him back out on the street. Saturo contacts old friends he hasn’t been in contact with for years. He rekindles relationships with people who he once held special, hoping they can adopt Nana. But Saturo doesn’t find anyone suitable to take Nana.

The narrative alternates between Saturo and Nana. This description may sound trite to some, but it’s much more. It’s an allegory embracing friendship and how we treat people and animals. The tale focuses on loyalty, our basic need for companionship and our ability to comfort others.

Cats hold a special place in Japanese culture and literature. They frequently are elevated to gods and capable of bringing blessings and anyone who honors them. How many Japanese restaurants have you gone to and noticed a little white porcelain cat waving his paw?

There aren’t many adult novels narrated by a pet. THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES made me think of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein. That novel is narrated by a dog named Enzo. I’m personally a dog person. I’ve written about my shih tzus numerous times in this post.  After reading THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES, I think I’m going to look at cats differently.


Thanks to Berkley Books, we’re offering a copy of THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES book to one lucky winner. Just tell us your thoughts about friendship. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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20 thoughts on “THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES by Hiro Arikawa & Giveaway

  1. true friendships are good to have for your well being. the false ones can be hard to take. we all should strive to be a good friend.

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  2. Friends are like a comfort zone. They are there when you need them for a good cry or just to listen. Friendships are so important. I have the best friends!

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  3. I have been best friends with Tammi since kindergarten. I am so thankful for her. We are there for each other during the difficult and best times.

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  4. For me, friendship is a blessing from God and it is as important as family relationship. I couldn’t live without and it is one of our motivations to go ahead on our lives.

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  5. My best friend is my cat, we offer each other love and companionship unconditionally. He is the heart of my home. ❤

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  6. Friendships are what your soul needs. They make you a better person. Friendships with cats, well I have two, and they are like my best friends. You can talk to them, and they just sit and listen.

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  7. Friendship binds people together whether related or not. It also is about kindness and caring, it’s work with love keeping your friends whether two legged or four legged❤️❤️❤️


  8. I have a lot of friends, but not close friendships as I did have. I moved a lot in my 20s, 30s, and 40s, so I made and lost close friends. After my husband died when we were 45, I lost more friends. That hurt a lot. After serious illness and weight gain from meds, friends commented on how bad I looked and stayed away. My partner got me a cat the day I found out I had cancer. Needless to say, this cat has been the best companion. I am finally glad to see a book about cats. She is a loving warm, cuddly companion. I’d had previous cat for 18 years. I learn a lot from loving her.


  9. Friendship is a vital part of life for me. Friends offer a listening ear, a hug of affection, and they share their lives with us to further our goal of love for others. Speaking of cats, I am a huge cat lover. Always have been. Thanks Cindy for the chance to read this sweet book.


  10. As we age we find we our friends become the ones we see at work and family starts taking precedence. Sad.


  11. Friendships are a blessing. I have many wonderful friends but my best friend is my rock. We’ve been friends for 30 years and I can’t imagine my life without her.


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