In December , Natsume Sōseki’s creative energy geysered, bearing him upward in the space of 16 months into the empyrean of Japanese. actual book of I Am a Cat was first published in three-volume form, the . Sōseki Natsume is generally recognized in Japan as the best writer of prose to have. I Am A Cat(吾輩は猫である) () by Natsume Sōseki, translated by Yasotarō Mōri · Introduction→. Sister Projects. sister projects: Wikipedia.

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Molti si saranno posti questa domanda. I cant help but admire the translators for translating this rather heavy though funny book eloquently so those who read the book in English could truly enjoy the book as if we read it in its original language.

Mar 10, John Pappas rated sosekj really liked it.

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I accidentally bought this book not noticing it was the second book of a trilogy. Forget plot, just enjoy the brilliant characterisation and playful use of vocabulary by the author and you can’t go wrong. Eventually, their discussions wander into more bookish and philosophical aspects of the intellect Japanese and Britishsome of which are vaguely related to their original conversation subjects.

We learn a lot about feline behaviour but this is mostly a book about people; the cat is always listening, and judging. One of the quirks of translation is that the word ‘I’ in the title refers to a word which in Japanese is reserved for nobility – such is the nature of cats.

Chapters followed in July and October. Sneaze has several friends who regularly drop in to chat, notably former pupil Avalon Coldmoon who is still pursuing his studies working on a thesis on: The original premise of cat’s observations of his master and cohorts has its initial, amusing moments.

They are all animals from the same den. Totally unnecessarily, they trick themselves out in every conceivable sort and kind of hair-do. In Japan, he is often considered the greatest writer in modern Japanese history. This book often had me whipping out my dictionary to find that some words being committed to page were not apparently common enough in the vernacular to warrant mention in my dictionary anyway.


He himself pretends to be hard-working. Very satirical, interesting characters and witty. I myself thought this second part was rather difficult to get over with.

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Ashryn rated it did not like it Dec 30, The cat is a literary paw for the author, and regretfully, does not matter to anyone much especially in the end. There were very long winded paragraphs and pages detailing the tabby’s owner’s life and drama with his friends, and most of their stories were very boring and I found myself just not caring to read them and skipping to natsums the tabby was going on his own adventures.

A work of art need not have a model, but critics have been looking for one since I Am a Cat first appeared. There is not much action, and almost every scene is involving pages of intellectual conversation inside the Sneazes’ Tokyo home.

No one at all will read your poems. Altogether, it’s a stupid way of life. Most of the book listens in on the discussions the teacher, his wife, and his friends have about everyday life, love, and bureaucracy. The Private Lifeamong others. Which fact, from a feline viewpoint, is infinitely regrettable. Susan rated it liked it Dec 05, I am a cat.

An excellent period piece satire on the ever more enlightened Japan that the characters were living in, I Am A Cat is an essential read for anyone with, a an interest in humour and b an interst in Japan turned into the place it is today.

View all 3 comments. Xanat Meza rated it liked it Sosski 27, Imanol rated it liked it Jun 03, Still not a bad book by any definition.

Seen through the eyes of a curmudgeonly cat, as these these characters wrestle with the changing times and increasing Western influence, they struggle to discover what is of enduring value. But I shall explain. Over-full, and pulled in rather many directions and that often somewhat aim- and even list-lesslyI am a Cat is, for better soskei worse, unpolished and uneven.


An unusual work, and far from a neat novel, I am a Cat remains well worthwhile. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books naatsume The night-time burglary of the yams, etc.

This page was last edited on 25 Novemberat The action is fairly limited, even beyond the cat’s own small adventures.

I am a Cat

Nov 28, Paul Michaels rated it it was ok. When he has read a few pages, he becomes sleepy. I suspect at least some of these words were the inventions of our translators, and perhaps that ability to seamlessly insert invented lexicon into another author’s text is the ultimate test of a translator’s worth. Feb 19, Sylvia rated it really liked it Shelves: Io sono un gatto – Italia.

Per il resto si tratta di un espediente per riflettere su tutto — ma veramente tutto — con gli occhi disincantati di un gatto intelligente e la pigrizia flemmatica di un professore debole di stomaco, alle prese con amici culturalmente elevati proporrei ad uno studente di Biologia il seguente titolo di tesi: To truly appreciate these conversations and the multi-layered relationships between these characters, being at least familiar with the Japanese concepts of honme and tatemae is essential.

I am a Cat – Natsume Sōseki

Altogether, I love it. Modern Japan’s Greatest Novelist. Their adventures in seeking status, finding love, creating art and working or not serve to help them define what “Japanese” means at the beginning of the 20th century. The book does go on a bit at times, but that is perfectly in keeping with the central conceit of observing and an I Am A Cat is a book that I can read over and over and over again wiothout getting bored.

I am a Cat 3 books.

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