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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

by Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

I love cats – right now, we only have three cats in the household, and are considering whether that’s enough. So there’s nothing wrong (and a lot right) about a book that’s largely told from the point of view of a cat. But somehow I wasn’t feeling it for this book. It was too short for me to really engage with, and too shallow while alluding to depth, and the main (human) character was improbably flawless, and the main (cat) character didn’t really work for me. It redeemed itself somewhat in the last couple of chapters, but overall I had high expectations of a Haruki Murakami quirkiness, and it didn’t come off for me.

Three stars, because it wasn’t bad, but I was still a little disappointed.