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The Guest Cat By Takashi Hiraide Eric Selland, The Guest Cat Takashi Hiraide, Eric Selland Jan , The Guest Cat Takashi Hiraide, Eric Selland on FREE shipping on qualifying offers A wonderful sui generis novel about a visiting cat who brings joy into a couple s life in Tokyo A bestseller in France and winner of Japan s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide The Guest Cat . Rating details , Ratings , Reviews A bestseller in France and winner of Japan s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed poet Takashi Hiraide, is a subtly moving and exceptionally beautiful novel about the transient nature of life and idiosyncratic but deeply felt ways of living. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide, Paperback Barnes Noble A wonderful sui generis novel about a visiting cat who brings joy into a couple s life in Tokyo A bestseller in France and winner of Japan s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed poet Takashi Hiraide, is a subtly moving and exceptionally beautiful novel about the transient nature of life and idiosyncratic but deeply felt ways of living. Summary and reviews of The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide A bestseller in France and winner of Japan s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed poet Takashi Hiraide, is a subtly moving and exceptionally beautiful novel about the transient nature of life and idiosyncratic but deeply felt ways of living.A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo they work at home, freelance copy editing The Guest Cat by Hiraide Takashi World Literature Today Still, The Guest Cat is a pleasurable enough diversion that, rather surprisingly, lingers long after the book has been set aside Indeed, the conceit of a neighbor s cat who happens to spontaneously adopt a different owner is really little than an expedient for extended metaphysical ruminations on the vicissitudes of life in The Guest Cat Takashi Hiraide Mar , The Guest Cat is an exceptionally moving and beautiful novel about the nature of life and the way it feels to live it Written by Japanese poet and novelist Takashi Hiraide, the book won Japan s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, and was a bestseller in France and America. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide Pan Macmillan Sep , The Guest Cat is an exceptionally moving and beautiful novel about the nature of life and the way it feels to live it Written by Japanese poet and novelist Takashi Hiraide, the book won Japan s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, and was a bestseller in France and America. Book Review The Guest Cat By Takashi Hiraide NPR Jan , Book Review The Guest Cat By Takashi Hiraide Japanese author Takashi Hiraide s The Guest Cat has just been released in English it s a layered novel The Guest Cat Hiraide Takashi Complete Review The complete review s Review The Guest Cat is set in a time of transition Moving to what used to be the guesthouse of a larger property, the nameless narrator soon later quits his job, in , to dedicate himself to writing full time. The Guest Cat Quotes by Takashi Hiraide The Guest Cat Quotes Showing of Then she told me about a philosopher who said that observation is at its core an expression of love which doesn t get caught up in sentiment Takashi Hiraide, The Guest Cat

  • Title: The Guest Cat
  • Author: Takashi Hiraide Eric Selland
  • ISBN: 9781447279402
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 havA 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 light and colour Life suddenly seems to have 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.The Guest Cat is an exceptionally moving and beautiful novel about the nature of life and the way it feels to live it The book won Japan s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, and was a bestseller in France and America.
    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 itse

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    1. I m no expert in literature, but I d hazard a guess that any problems readers may have with this book are based in cultural differences rather than any literary failings with the book itself The book is very Japanese in that it focuses describes one element at a time Its poetry is in its illustration of people, places, and things, not of events, which is pretty counter to my experience of Western literature It s so descriptive that at many points I found myself wishing I had an iota of artistic [...]

    2. observation is at its core an expression of love which doesn t get caught up in sentiment.Those green eyes glowing in the dark ceaselessly, endowing the cover of this book with a breath of life, a dream of plenitude those eyes were an irresistible enticement An immediate move was imperative The Guest Cat had to be on my shelf Unfortunately, my expectations were far too great, especially taking into account the fact that one of the ingredients of this plot is supposed to be a couple who no longer [...]

    3. A spring breeze at dawn Takashi Hiraide s wordsLike dewdrops on cat s whiskers I still can recall the expression on my students faces when I explained the rules of writing haiku poems to them It was a mixture of bewilderment and incredulity They seemed to be asking you must be joking, it s sure not enough to be called a poem I think the kids reaction is similar to many adults Especially nowadays, when we live so fast that immortalizing moments and stopping for a while just to admire cherry bloss [...]

    4. Observation is at its core an expression of love which doesn t get caught up in sentiment From first page s delicate description of an optical illusion seen on a frosted window pane, this novella painstakingly documents minute and admiring observations, one object at a time Nature features strongly the cat, trees, butterflies, insects, but also windows and boundaries The focus is on poetic beauty in the moment like haiku , without shadow of sentiment, even when there is good cause for strong emo [...]

    5. This is a beautiful little book Typically Japanese with lovely lyrical descriptions Not much happens in the book but it is very evocative and I felt a sense of loss when it was finished.A young Japanese couple who work from home live in a tiny cottage on the edge of a larger estate in a quiet part of Tokyo The estate has a beautiful old traditional Japanese garden which they are allowed to use by the old couple living in the big house One day a stray cat is adopted by their neighbours who named [...]

    6. Cats are connoisseurs of comfort James HerriotTakashi Hiraide, a Japanese writer, has penned a soul touching and thoroughly captivating tale about a cat and a couple s relationship in his book, The Guest Cat that is centered around a mid aged couple who are freelance writers and work from their rented cottage and lead a very quite and uneventful life, but one day their life brings purpose as an uninvited as well as the neighbor s cat lands up to their kitchen and starts visiting their household [...]

    7. 2.5 Sigh Such a disappointment As a cat loving freelance writer who aspires to read literature in translation, I thought from the blurb that this book could not be perfect for me I bought it in a charity shop one afternoon and started reading right away It s only 140 pages, so I finished within 24 hours, but felt at a distance from the story the whole time.Part of it might be the translation the translator s notes at the end explain some useful context about the late 1980s setting, but also co [...]

    8. for cross cultural reasons this was a challenging read I still struggle with the ending, particularly.The sentence structure and carefully pruned language are sublime and I simply loved the experience of reading the story Seeing the settings come alive was like watching someone paint in front of me However I was always aware I was only seeing the surface of the story, missing everything underneath The translator s notes at the back helped a great deal, and I need to re read now Highly recommende [...]

    9. I really really wanted to like this book, but I found it entirely forgettable I think this might be an example of something being lost in translation , since much of the profound nature of Asian literature seems to get wiped away in English versions The prose was poetic and lyrical nonetheless, and I got a very vivid picture of the lives of the couple and their interactions with the cat But as the plot developed I lost the connection to the philosophical and metaphorical, and at the end of the b [...]

    10. It s best to go empty handed An almost perfect little book, as delicate as a netsuke Its tale is simple a young bohemian couple is adopted by a neighbor s cat, who is treated as a guest, not a pet.Chibi was a jewel of a cat Her pure white fur was mottled with several lampblack blotches containing just bit of light brown The sort of cat you might see just about anywhere in Japan, except she was especially slim and tiny.I didn t realize until I d almost finished the book that Chibi appears through [...]

    11. On me eka, on me verno eka, na vratima jedna njuuu ka meka Ok, ovaj uvodni ki preuzet je iz Sre nih ljudi , serije koja se, GLE UDA, premijerno reprizira na javnom servisu po urnajsti put Elem, moram da priznam da mi upravo taj uvodni ki daje dobar lagvort za kratak osvrt na Go u , roman i koji je prethodnih dana pazarilo bar 79256278934256 mojih GR i IG kontakata, prvenstveno zahvaljuju i preslatkoj ma ki na koricama, I guess Da nastavimo ivot te e, a vreme nas gazi Aljo a Vu kovi u Sre nim lju [...]

    12. Pet owners are generally divided into either Cat people or dog people categories One never seems to fully understand the other In Takashi Hiraide s novella, The Guest Cat , an unnamed married couple who aren t necessarily cat people becomes attached to Chibi a neighbor s cat stray The Guest Cat is a simple novella in terms of a plotline One can seemingly predict what takes place when a couple falls in love with a cat that begins visiting their home Look deeper, however, and Hiraide provides some [...]

    13. OK, I admit it I love cats and I was snookered into this one mainly by the cover and the review wasn t bad at all It s kind of like buying wine by the labelif it s cute, I buy it Boy, can you get stuck In this case, once again, I got stuck I just didn t get it It was NOT at all what I was hoping for Didn t like the writing, didn t like the setting very confusing descriptions , the characters were less than interesting and the cat was not appealing at all That s saying a lot from a cat lover I do [...]

    14. This story takes place in Japan in the 1980s The couple, one a freelance writer the other a proof reader and editor, work from home Over time communication decreases between them as they are involved in their solitary work One day a neighbor s cat wanders into their home Chibi begins to make regular visits to them The cat brings them small pleasures that allow them to reconnect with each other.The book is extremely well written It is short only three and a half hours long 140 pages The style of [...]

    15. Esta es una nouvelle ideal para todos los amantes de la literatura japonesa y, sobre todo, de los gatos.No hay misterio, no hay acci n Simplemente se trata de la vida de un matrimonio que se muda lejos de la ciudad y de su relaci n con un gato vecino.Lo lindo de este tipo de historias es que se aprende mucho de la cultura japonesa y de sus costumbres.La naturaleza, el paso de las estaciones y la casa donde viven son tambi n protagonistas de este relato cargado de reflexiones me sorprendi gratame [...]

    16. I wanted to give this five stars, but I don t know if it s really that good It s a remarkable and unique book The style of the narration is so unassuming that it could be a problem for readers expecting a traditional story It took me a minute to realize what the writer was doing This book is, at least to some degree, about mindfulness and Zen, for want of a better word Of course that s to be expected, since the writer is Japanese You do not need to like cats at all to enjoy this book The writer [...]

    17. Ova knjiga me je samo jos vise zainteresovala za cudnu japnsku naciju i kulturu Kao sto je vec neko rekao u svom rivjuu, svi smo kupili ovu knjigu zbog slatke naslovnice i zato sto nam je sadrzaj delovao interesantno i misleci da ce biti vezan za macku.Macka, gosca, u ovoj knjizi je kao i sto sam naslov kaze, gosca, odnosno sporedni element koji se promaja kroz knjigu Glavna tema je zivot bracnog para i kako je ta ista macka uticala na njih Mozda segment koji me je najvise iznervirao je odnos ko [...]

    18. I am completely rubbish at reviews but I could not put this little book down I became so absorbed in the Japanese couple s life and how they adored the cat The way the book is written is poetic and very descriptive, so much so that you can paint a vivid image in your mind of how their home looks, how the garden looks and so on I genuinely just really enjoyed myself reading this delightful book.

    19. There s no way to be sure just how much the translator is responsible for my not liking this book, but he may be a large part of the reason I finally took the book back to the library about two thirds of the way through it The early promise of simple elegance never gets beyond precious word choice, soggy subtlety, and vapid characters I was aching for light and color, for a heartbeat that never came.

    20. This philosophical, poetic book is infused with Japanese culture The ability of the author to describe ordinary life and ordinary days and an ordinary neighborhood in such simple, profound ways was outstanding This was translated into English so I think the translator should get some credit However, realistically, some of the beauty or context of the original text may have been lost in translation Although, on the surface, the story could be about the guest cat, Chibi, I think it was of a story [...]

    21. This was a lovely, luminous, and sad little book For me, it evoked memories of adopted strays from my past a bittersweet last meal for a fluffy tabby tomcat, as he eagerly leaned in for me to pet him while he scarfed up the cat food I offered, and I felt twinges of guilt at my knowledge that the food would not be there the next day, that our belongings would be packed up, our lives continued elsewhere, while he would show up again, expecting no disruption of his cyclical needs and his daily jour [...]

    22. 3.5 starsWhen I first came across this small 140 page paperback in a large bookstore last year, it reminded me of I Am a Cat Tuttle, 2001 by Natsume Soseki It was a fairly longish novel I read in 2012 and found it argueably enjoyable due to the author s observant ways of looking at his cat as well as his wife and friends, sense of humor, witty dialogs, and so on I thought Mr Takashi Hiraide might have been inspired to write on a cat like Soseki it is different from Soseki s in that she is a gues [...]

    23. A quiet book about a Japanese couple who become enad with their neighbor s cat On the surface, very simple and straightforward, but there are many layers here The book works as a meditation on love and loss The we nurture something the we feel it s loss when it s gone That s a given We all understand that The author suggests this is a model way to live But how does one come to cultivate a garden, for instance, when the things of this world are in a perpetual state of flux The garden is made of [...]

    24. Delightful book about a guest cat who visits a couple in their but also looks at life in general too of emotions, loss and longing

    25. Nicely written Full of nature of today in Japan There is a poetic resonance as the author describes the impact a stray cat has when it moves into the neighbourhood.

    26. The back cover of this beautiful little novella is filled with testimonials describing the book with such words as gentle , thoughtful , elegant , lyrical , captivating I agree with all of those, and I ll add another word to the list absorbing.I ve always been a cat person, and before my current little four pawed darling I had my own Chibi A little black and white puss called Holly who lived in a neighboring abode, and started visiting Hiraide is masterful in the way he captures the spirit of ca [...]

    27. Qu mejor regalo que el amor de un gato Charles DickensSin duda, una de las novelas que m s me cost leer, quiz porque recurr a ella en un momento donde necesitaba sentirme reconfortada tras la partida de mi querido gordito gatuno Tomi Uno puede pensar que este tipo de libros no sean la mejor opci n tras una p rdida, as como algunos recurren a las baladas deprimentes cuando se sienten abandonados en un pozo oscuro El gato que ven a del cielo me signific mucho para m , principalmente por su foco pr [...]

    28. 3 stars.This was a charming book which was a quick read However, I feel perhaps I should have taken a bit time with it I felt that I could sense that the writer was a poet, even in translation his imagery was evocative On the surface, this is a simple story of a couple who meet and eventually fall in love with a neighbor s cat I happen to be a cat person so I could relate to the descriptions of the cat s play and habits I think though that the cat her habits were also a metaphor for a part of T [...]

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