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I Am A Cat (Tuttle Classics) (original 1908; edition 2011)

by Natsume Sōseki

Series: I Am A Cat (Volumes 1-3)

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Written over the course of 1904-1906, Soseki Natsume's comic masterpiece, I Am a Cat, satirizes the foolishness of upper-middle-class Japanese society during the Meiji era. With acerbic wit and sardonic perspective, it follows the whimsical adventures of a world-weary stray kitten who comments on the follies and foibles of the people around him. A classic of Japanese literature, I Am a Cat is one of Soseki's best-known novels. Considered by many as the greatest writer in modern Japanese history, Soseki's I Am a Cat is a classic novel sure to be enjoyed for years to come.… (more)
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Title:I Am A Cat (Tuttle Classics)
Authors:Natsume Sōseki
Info:Tuttle Publishing, Kindle Edition, 482 pages
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I Am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki (1908)

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Couldn't really get into it
  ritaer | May 14, 2024 |
DNF but I actually didn’t hate it. It’s tragically not really about a cat, which was what I signed up for. It is more about the cats owners and the sort of idiotic nature of being human which is fine. It just takes way too long to repeat essentially the same interaction over and over. I eventually got bored of this and couldn’t continue ( )
  willowzz | Jun 27, 2023 |
experimental serialized fiction, collected in one volume and originally published in 1905-06 Japan.

I only got as far as page 22 (the start of the second chapter of 8) -- a hungry calico tortoiseshell stray finds a reluctant home with a struggling writer/artist in Ch. 1; in chapter 2 he appears to have gained some notoreity beyond his human's comprehension.

The introduction notes that the author was still figuring out the best format/length for his serialized essays for the first few installments/chapters, so you expect some unevenness in pacing, but it was pretty boring at this point. I think I've gotten as much out of it that I care to, though other readers (cat fanciers?) might enjoy it more. ( )
  reader1009 | Sep 20, 2022 |
That's enough. The cat as narrator is great. But the satire on his master, a dense professor, fails to be winning.
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
A satire in the indirect literary style of that day. Probably of most interest to enthusiasts of Meiji period literature. ( )
  quantum.alex | May 31, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Natsume Sōsekiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cholley, JeanTraducteur, Présentateursecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cordobés, FernandoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ito, AikoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Masiá López, EmilioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ogihara, YokoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, GraemeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Written over the course of 1904-1906, Soseki Natsume's comic masterpiece, I Am a Cat, satirizes the foolishness of upper-middle-class Japanese society during the Meiji era. With acerbic wit and sardonic perspective, it follows the whimsical adventures of a world-weary stray kitten who comments on the follies and foibles of the people around him. A classic of Japanese literature, I Am a Cat is one of Soseki's best-known novels. Considered by many as the greatest writer in modern Japanese history, Soseki's I Am a Cat is a classic novel sure to be enjoyed for years to come.

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