Guest Review: If Cats Disappeared From the World by Genki Kawamura (Mini Review)

Hi Folks!!!

Welcome to a mini review from my friend Kristian. He like myself is an avid reader and like the majority of us has been very busy reading during lockdown.

I asked him if he would be interested in sharing some of his thoughts on some of his reads during lockdown. He said he would love to, so here is the first mini review he has written for me to share with you all.

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If Cats Disappeared From the WorldFormat: Paperback

Publisher: Picador

Genres: Fiction, Asian Literature

Publication Date: 20th September 2018

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“Our narrator’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage for company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can set about tackling his bucket list, the Devil appears with a special offer: in exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, he can have one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week . . .

Because how do you decide what makes life worth living? How do you separate out what you can do without from what you hold dear? In dealing with the Devil our narrator will take himself – and his beloved cat – to the brink. Genki Kawamura’s If Cats Disappeared from the World is a story of loss and reconciliation, of one man’s journey to discover what really matters in modern life.

This beautiful tale is translated from the Japanese by Eric Selland, who also translated The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide. Fans of The Guest Cat and The Travelling Cat Chronicles will also surely love If Cats Disappeared from the World.”

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Kristian’s Thoughts

The story is set in Japan and a postman is being told by his doctor he has not long to live, the same day he meets the devil who has a proposal for him..

I really enjoyed reading this book for several reasons it made me put things in perspective, what really matters, and a central character is a cat, what is there not to love? Also, a new take on the devil character makes it very amusing.

Only one thing I’m not sure if I like and that is the ending. I kind of like how the story ended too.

Highly recommend.

Kristian’s Rating

💙💙💙💙 1/2


Have you read this book? What did you think?


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