The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide (translated by Eric Selland)
At some point I ran out of books to read so I went online and found this list of happy books because I am always on the hunt for good books that aren’t also depressing. This book was the first book from that list that I started reading
It’s a Japanese novella that has been translated into English. Typical (I think) of a lot of Japanese stuff, this novella is very much about the details and is overall very like calm and descriptive and contemplative. The story (as much as there is one) is about a man and his wife and the neighbor’s cat who visits them.
I wanted to like this book and I know that it is definitely well written and gorgeously poetic but I just found it boring. I think it’s the kind of book that would easily put someone to sleep (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). Even though I kind of knew it was going to be like this starting it, I was still kind of disappointed and when I finished I really didn’t feel like I had read anything. Maybe I was just in too much of a hurry and didn’t take the time to contemplate and really appreciate all that was going on in the book but I kind of kept waiting for something to happen.
All around, a beautiful contemplative book, and if that’s what you want then I’m sure you will like it, I just happened to not be a big fan.
#11 of 2017
Also sorry if you were waiting for a Scotland post today, I thought I would post two books this week since I have a bunch of book posts waiting.