The Guest Cat (Compact Disc)

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By Takashi Hiraide, David Shih (Narrated by), Eric Selland (Translator)
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Hiraide reflects on his year of living in a small guest house on the grounds of an aged Japanese estate. Writing in the spare elegant prose of a polished poet, this is a muse on life, art, time and nature enhanced by his friendship with an independent feline visitor affectionately named Chibi. A soothing and lovely read. — Nancy Scheemaker

A simple, beautiful story that dares to suggest a cat may be the answer to all of life's mysteries. Or as a cat might say, "Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow." — Charles Bottomley

Hiraide reflects on his year of living in a small guest house on the grounds of an aged Japanese estate. Writing in the spare elegant prose of a polished poet, this is a muse on life, art, time and nature enhanced by his friendship with an independent feline visitor affectionately named Chibi. A soothing and lovely read. — Nancy Scheemaker

A simple, beautiful story that dares to suggest a cat may be the answer to all of life's mysteries. Or as a cat might say, "Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow." — Charles Bottomley

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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; they no longer have very much to say to one another. But one day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. It leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. Soon they are buying treats for the cat and enjoying talks about the animal and all its little ways. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife-the days have more light and color. The novel brims with new small joys and many moments of staggering poetic beauty, but then something happens . . . As Kenzaburo Oe has remarked, Takashi Hiraide's work "really shines." His poetry, which is remarkably cross-hatched with beauty, has been acclaimed here for "its seemingly endless string of shape-shifting objects and experiences, whose splintering effect is enacted via a unique combination of speed and minutiae.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781515916178
ISBN-10: 1515916170
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: December 27th, 2016
Language: English
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