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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I am a cat. As yet I have no name. So begins one of the most original and unforgettable works in Japanese literature. Richly allegorical and delightfully readable, I Am a Cat is the chronicle of an unloved, unwanted, wandering kitten who spends all his time observing human nature – from the dramas of businessmen and schoolteachers to the foibles of priests and potentates.
I Am a Cat first appeared in ten sosek in the literary magazine Hotoguisu Cuckoobetween and After its great critical and popular success, he expanded it into this epic novel, which is universally recognised as a classic of world literature. Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Tuttle Publishing first published I am a Cat To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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I Am a Cat
Oct 11, Michael Finocchiaro rated it it was amazing Shelves: Set in Tokyo before the WWI, the primary character is the author’s cat who wanders around the neighbourhood picking up bits of conversation and sosrki fun of its owner and his relationship with his wife and neighbours and students.
Words escape me to describe how incredibly funny and perceptive this book it and what a pure pleasure it is to read. If you read one Soseki book besides Botchan, make it this o One of my favourite books of all time, I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki is a comic masterpiece. If you read one Soseki book besides Botchan, make it this one! View all 17 comments.
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Jun 27, Nick rated it liked it. I’ve been a cat now for what seems like an eternity. If anyone asks you what it’s like to be a cat, hand them a copy of the book and walk rapidly away.
Reading the book has been a lot like having a cat as a pet — occasionally delightful, sometimes insightful, and frequently annoying. I Am a Cat was written by Japanese author Soseki Natsume at the end of the s and the beginning of the s. It’s a gentle satire told from the point of view of a household cat in the home of a teacher of modes I’ve been a cat now for what seems like an eternity.
It’s a gentle satire told from the point of view of a household cat in the home of a teacher of modest means and abilities. Most of the book listens in on the discussions the teacher, his wife, and his friends have about everyday life, love, and bureaucracy. It’s more insightful than I feared it might be, but less engaging than I hoped it would be, mostly because the household that the cat occupies is a humdrum one. An occasional visitor provides most of the liveliness; he’s a wit with a propensity for telling silly stories that promise a great payoff and usually fail to deliver.
If you’re curious about Japanese life around or you really, really, really love cats, then read the first pages of this book. That will give you more than enough of an idea of the book as a whole.
Dec 28, Kimley rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I feel your pain! The cat is sitting there thinki “I’ve had enough of being farted at by weasels and crippled with side-swipes from the fishmonger’s pole” I feel your pain Rickshaw Blacky.
The cat is sitting there thinking “heh, what a moron! You are that feline’s bitch! 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.
Now you don’t actually need to be a cat fancier to enjoy this book.
I am a Cat
It’s simply a device used as an external viewpoint on us crazy humans. While there are occasions where the appreciation of the feline species will give you some extra laughs, the majority of the book feels like an old-fashioned omniscient narrator tale. Even the no-name cat remarks on his uncanny ability to read human minds and decipher the psychology behind our actions. Nearly every page has a juicy quotable tidbit.
It did get unexpectedly slightly heavy at the end which wasn’t quite in tune with the tone of the rest of the book but wildly amusing throughout and a perfect summer read. View all 14 comments. Ellos son los que se sobrecargan de tareas que no pueden atender. Si uno prende una hoguera, que luego no se queje del calor que hace. Creo que gracias a Soseki ahora puedo hacerme una ca idea de lo pasa por la mente de mi gato y esto es un sarcasmo. Los personajes llegan a resultar cansinos e incluso el sarcasmo del gato — el verdadero punto alto del libro — se hace menos presente y disminuye en intensidad.
Feb 05, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Read on the airplane. A humorous and natsumw feline book. One of the quirks of translation is that the word ‘I’ in the title refers to a word which in Japanese is reserved for nobility – such is the nature of cats. It’s long and meandering, a bit dull at times – but the tone is distinctive, and remains uniquely catlike. When you hear caat word ‘my master’, you almost think as though he’s laughing at it.
The ending is abrupt, but one might think that the author simply ran out of ideas, and ended it ther Read on the airplane. The ending is abrupt, but one might think that the author simply ran out of ideas, and ended it there. Still not a bad book by any definition.
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J’aime beaucoup czt roman. View all 3 comments. Per il resto si tratta di un espediente per riflettere su tutto — ma veramente tutto — con gli occhi disincantati di un gatto intelligente e la pigrizia flemmatica di un professore debole di stomaco, alle prese con amici culturalmente elevati proporrei ad uno studente di Biologia il seguente titolo di tesi: May 11, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: I Am a Cat is a long book full of wordplay, complicated farcical sequences, obscure cultural natsumd, long philosophical digressions and obtuse allusions to Chinese literature.
It reminds me in parts of P.
Our lovable narrator is an unnamed cat lounging around a Tokyo household in the early years of the 20th century. We learn a lot about feline behaviour but this is mostly a book about people; the cat is always listening, and judg I Am a Cat is a long book full of wordplay, complicated farcical sequences, obscure cultural references, long philosophical digressions and obtuse allusions to Chinese literature.
We learn nztsume lot about feline behaviour but this is mostly a book about people; the cat is always listening, and judging. Through kitty eyes Soseki leaks his compassionate but cynical view of human nature and life in modern Japan.
His humour is archaic, rambling, at times difficult in its excess but very rewarding. Anyone can write a natxume novel, but I’m really impressed when I laugh. Still deciding whether or not to deem it as an official fave or not though! But I shall explain. 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.
It is about his years living with his owner and all the drama and adventures throughout his life. I really enjoyed this whole idea because it hatsume basically just a very unique way for the author to poke fun at the human race and all our flaws because natskme 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 cat’s 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 soweki have four available to them, and how they selfish they are.
Nafsume also thought the cat’s voice was wonderful – because he sounded exactly how I imagine my cat, Cody, sounding if he was every able to speak. There were very long winded paragraphs and pages detailing the tabby’s owner’s life and drama with his friends, and most of their stories were very boring and I found myself just not caring to read them and skipping to when the tabby was going on his own adventures.
Also, that ending though, wtf Natsume Soseki that was fucking uncalled for.
Cosa pensano i nostri amici animali? Quali sono i loro pensieri?
Molti si saranno posti questa domanda. Ebbene, la risposta la fornisce Soseki dando voce a un gatto. 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, o le sue massime zen, ci invita alla scoperta de Cosa pensano i nostri amici animali?
Il finale, un po’ troppo affrettato, ma molto malinconico, come tipico di molta letteratura orientale, lascia qm senso agrodolce, ma anche tanta poesia. Reading Challenge Pop Sugar Un libro con un gato natwume la portada La premisa es muy buena, pero fue demasiado. Desde ese lugar se relac Reading Challenge Pop Sugar Me alegra haberlo terminado. Sep 08, Rita rated it liked it.