Adventures in Books… The Guest Cat


“A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another.

One day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. She is a beautiful creature. She leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. New, small joys accompany the cat; the days have more light and colour. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife; they go walking together, talk and share stories of the cat and its little ways, play in the nearby Garden. But then something happens that will change everything again.”

This is a lovely book that didn’t take long to read. I loved it because it is about a cat and also it is set in Japan, where I really want to visit. It is beautifully written with lots of description about the surroundings and life the couple led at the time. The book is essentially about relationships and I found it an interesting read.

This is actually a very different book for my to read. I like books that are about journeys, but this is a book about people. There is a journey taking place, but it is the journey we all face as we move through life. If there wasn’t a cat involved I would not have enjoyed it anywhere near as much (just being honest!).

It got me thinking as well. I would it if a cat came to visit me, but I don’t know how I would feel if my cats went to visit someone else. In the end it doesn’t matter as my two are house cats essentially as they only go outside when I am there with them. But I don’t know how I would feel if they did go wandering and spent time in someone else’s house; I think I would be jealous.

Overall a sweet book to read and I would recommend it as something different but worth while.

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