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The Cat Who Saved Books por Sosuke Natsukawa

The Cat Who Saved Books (edición 2021)

por Sosuke Natsukawa (Autor), Louise Heal Kawai (Traductor)

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Título:The Cat Who Saved Books
Autores:Sosuke Natsukawa (Autor)
Otros autores:Louise Heal Kawai (Traductor)
Info:Picador (2021), Edition: Main Market, 224 pages
Colecciones:Tu biblioteca
Etiquetas:Signed in Japanese + chop mark

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The Cat Who Saved Books por Sosuke. Natsukawa


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I so wanted to love this book. The cover is charming. The idea of a talking cat and a boy working together to rescue books is charming.

Well, I liked it, but I didn't love it. It does have charm, and I think a large body of readers will enjoy it. However, it reminded me too much of The Little Prince or Jonathan Livingston Seagull—one of those books that's supposed to reveal cosmic truths, but just doesn't seem all that cosmic.

I would gladly pay for a book offering a collection of the illustrator's charming work, but the story, not so much.

I received a free electronic review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley; the opinions are my own. ( )
  Sarah-Hope | Oct 9, 2021 |
Translated from the original Japanese, The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa is a quirky, fantastical tale that celebrates the importance of not only books and reading, but also human connection.

Seventeen year old Rintaro Natsuki is devastated by the sudden passing of the grandfather who has raised him, and takes refuge in the second hand bookshop he has inherited. When an orange tabby cat slinks into the store and speaks to him, Rintaro wonders if grief and stress have taken their toll, but the cat, who introduces itself as Tiger, insists that Rintaro’s help is desperately needed, and leads him through the store into an alternate world to conquer the first of what will be four challenges to ‘free’ books from various states of peril.

Each ‘labyrinth’ requires Rintaro to convince someone to recognise that books are more than just objects, from a wealthy man who hoards books as a status symbol, to a publisher who discards the old for the new. There isn’t anything subtle about the observations made in The Cat Who Saved Books, and they express ideas most inveterate readers would agree with. Eventually Rintaro is required to convince a wizened but sinister figure that books and reading have value to humanity, and hold a unique power.

“I think the power of books is that- they teach us to care about others. It’s a power that gives people courage and also supports them in turn….Empathy - that’s the power of books.”

In between these quests, Rintaro who identifies as a hikikomori (a Japanese term loosely translated as a shut-in or extreme introvert) is left to ponder on the lack of balance in his own life from his own habit of taking refuge in books to avoid human connection and experience. This is illustrated by the connection he forms with a persistent classmate, Sayo Yuzuki.

Though I feel the tone is skewed towards a young adult audience, The Cat Who Saved Books is a charming, uncomplicated story that will speak to the soul of book lovers. ( )
  shelleyraec | Sep 26, 2021 |
A love letter to books, reading, first love, and introverts! ( )
  JJbooklvr | Sep 22, 2021 |
De verlegen middelbare scholier Rintaro brengt veel tijd door in de tweedehandsboekhandel van zijn opa, de Natsuki Boekhandel. Als zijn opa sterft, erft hij de kleine winkel die verstopt zit in een achterafstraatje. Rintaro staat op het punt de boekhandel voorgoed te sluiten, als er op een dag een kat verschijnt.
Tot zijn grote verbazing een sprekende kat. De kat overtuigt de jongen om hem te helpen de boeken van de ondergang te redden. Samen wachten hen vier uitdagingen. Zal het lukken of zijn het juist de boeken die de mens beschermen? (info achterflap)
  Baukis | Nov 17, 2020 |
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