Written from through , Soseki Natsume’s comic masterpiece, I Am a Cat, satirizes the foolishness of upper-middle-class Japanese. actual book of I Am a Cat was first published in three-volume form, the . Sōseki Natsume is generally recognized in Japan as the best writer of prose to have. In December , Natsume Sōseki’s creative energy geysered, bearing him upward in the space of 16 months into the empyrean of Japanese.

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Good for reconsidering your self-image. My favorite of these as As with Volume I, it is often easy to forget that our narrator is a cat, with tens of pages at a time dedicated to the dialogue between Mr. The descriptions are very rich and the references to other works are diverse and intriguing, compelling you to know more about japanese classic literature. Nathan is also an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker.

And if you’re not careful you just may find yourself the subject of a hysterical book that is a wonderful social satire through the eyes of a cat. View all 4 comments. A Biography and Sony: Written over the course ofthis book is full of acerbic wit as it follows the whimsical adventures of a world-weary stray kitten.

I Am a Cat

This story is a bind up of 3 volumes told from a stray tabby cat with no name who wanders into the mansion of a professor who decides to let him stay and live there.

There’s not much action in it and it’s all about the cat’s opinion on everything: Nov 28, Paul Michaels rated it it was ok. Asaf Meller rated it it was amazing Mar 28, Return to Book Page.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Heike Story Eiji Yoshikawa. The ending is abrupt, but one might think that the author simply ran out of ideas, and ended it ther Read on the airplane.

Whenever the mood takes him, he ambles off to the biggest bookshop in the city and brings back home as many books as chance to catch his fancy.


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Our customer reviews Such a great book, what a shame this edition is replete with silly misprints throughout. Do not read this first. Published September 1st by Tuttle Publishing first published I Am a Cat is a commentary on humankind delivered by a cat; Tomcat Murr is the autobiography of the totally anthropomorphized narrator and, crazily, of a second unrelated figure whose story unfolds on pages interspersed.

So begins one of the most original and unforgettable works in Japanese literature. Siamo nel giappone moderno, e il gatto si destreggia tra un padrone dispeptico e nevrotico, la sua famiglia scalcinata e gli amici, ciascuno dei quali rappresenta una variante della stessa perfetta balordaggine.

Their adventures in se Any flaws this comic novel has have to do with pacing, and structure and this is largely due to how the tale was originally conceived and eventually published — the characters are used brilliantly to expose the foibles of a schoolteacher, his friends and neighbors in Meiji era Japan. Despite the cat’s erudition, it is all for nought. Xanat Meza rated it liked it Apr 27, I feel your pain!

Looking for beautiful books? I natssume enjoyed this whole idea because it was basically just a very unique way for the author to poke fun at the human race and all our flaws because mostly this little unnamed tabby cat would watch his owner do something and then make witty comments about how stupid and horrible humans are – such as how heartless they are when the unnamed soseeki friend had kittens and her humans killed them all, how abusive they can be to animals who they think are lesser than them by not feeding this little cat, how stupid they are for walking on two legs when they have four available to them, nasume how they selfish they are.

E’ proprio attraverso la figura di questo gatto, che non ha un nome e che svolge il ruolo di narratore, ma anche di colui che vede e vive tutto in prima persona, che impariamo a conoscere il Giappone del XX secolo e i suoi abitanti.

Il gatto filosofo, con le sue massime zen, ci invita alla scoperta de Cosa pensano i nostri amici animali? Gossamer Years Edward G.


This amazing character lives up to his “beingness” as a cat, known as one of the most laid back creature in soseji world that think they are better than any other creatures in the world and this is where the funny part lies. Description Cat lovers will delight in the thoughts of a cat whose particular joy in life is commenting on narsume folly of human beings.

My favorite passage reminding me a cat’s true self was simple and pointed: Fires on the Plain Shohei Ooka. Best read in chunks rather than as one piece, the book cannot really be faulted in any way except for ending just when we want more. Dana rated it really liked it Aug 21, I am a Cat. His humour is archaic, rambling, at times difficult in its excess but very rewarding. I Am a Cat Group Read.

The only problem is that they could get a little confusing sometimes, but their unique personalities among their friends made it easier to distinguish one from another throughout it. Not until did Tayama Katai inaugurate the genre with his novella Bedclothes Futon.

A few mild absurd domestic incidents and squabbles occur, and the friends discuss these ordinary mundane affairs with humor and intellectually facile joking or insight. May 11, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: In Japan, he is often considered the greatest writer in modern Japanese history. Il finale, un po’ troppo affrettato, ma molto malinconico, come tipico di molta soswki orientale, lascia un senso agrodolce, ma anche tanta poesia.

View all 14 comments. Ho riso tantissimo, ma mi ha dato tantissimo, attuale come ben piazzato nel suo tempo. It’s simply a device used as an external viewpoint on us crazy humans.

Even the no-name cat remarks on his uncanny ability to read human minds and decipher the psychology behind our actions.