I Am a Cat by Natsume SosekiI 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. From this unique perspective, author Soseki Natsume offers a biting commentary - shaped by his training in Chinese philosophy - on the social upheaval of the Meiji era.
I Am a Cat first appeared in ten installments in the literary magazine Hotoguisu (Cuckoo), between 1905 and 1906. Soseki had not intended to write more than the short story that makes up the first chapter of this book. After its great critical and popular success, he expanded it into this epic novel, which is universally recognised as a classic of world literature.
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I am a Cat
Even diehard dog people can admit that cats go well with books. And classic books are catlike objects: they sit off by themselves, mysterious, perhaps rather arrogant toward the mere humans who live noisily about them, but also always ready to present one with strange treasures, as raw and unassimilable as a sparrow on the stoop. The book is in fact the record of a nameless cat, who speaks directly to readers in the first-person. This cat lives in the house of an English teacher, Mr. Sneaze, who quotes foreign texts more frequently than he understands them, and he spends most of his time observing the habits of Sneaze and eavesdropping on his gatherings with other mini-intellectuals.
The book was first published in ten installments in the literary journal Hototogisu. Nearly all the chapters can stand alone as discrete works. Kon Ichikawa directed the film, which premiered in Japanese cinemas in The novel was also adapted into a film released in , and an anime television special aired in In I Am a Cat , a supercilious, feline narrator describes the lives of an assortment of middle-class Japanese people : Mr.
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