Written from through , Soseki Natsume’s comic masterpiece, I Am a Cat, satirizes the foolishness of upper-middle-class 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. In December , Natsume Sōseki’s creative energy geysered, bearing him upward in the space of 16 months into the empyrean of Japanese.

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E’ proprio attraverso la figura di questo gatto, che non ha un nome e che svolge il ruolo di narratore, ma anche di colui che vede e vive tutto in prima persona, che impariamo a conoscere il Giappone del XX secolo e i suoi abitanti.

Even though the text gets much richer with all the aditional characters which are introduced to us and even though I still laughed real hard in many of its situationsmaybe it just wasn’t thought as a whole book to be read chapter after chapter since it was originally published monthly on a Woseki journal.

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I am a Cat

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Aiko Ito and Graeme Wilson. Can’t wait for the last volume Kon Ichikawa directed the film, which premiered in Japanese cinemas in The characters seem extra ridiculous and hilarious in this volume. Also, that ending though, wtf Natsume Soseki that was fucking uncalled for.

I still have no idea how I managed to read the book.

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The proto-Proustian wisdom, details, studies, and wisecracks are all over the place, and make pretty much everything the “cat” says rather fascinating. I read the first book sosseki was bored, I have no idea why I went on to the second.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Now you don’t actually need to be a cat fancier to enjoy this book. Natsume also has a real passion for inventing words and creating portmanteaus, which means that the translators here deserve many kudos.


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Susan rated it liked it Dec 05, Gossamer Years Edward G. La premisa es muy buena, pero fue demasiado. In I Am a Cata supercilious, feline narrator describes the lives of an assortment of middle-class Japanese people: 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 x of cats.

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. Los personajes llegan a resultar cansinos e incluso el sarcasmo del gato — el verdadero punto alto del libro — se hace menos presente y disminuye en intensidad.

Next Article Palestinian Resistance: I had issues rating this classic so low because it truly is a classic, but I rate purely on the amount of enjoyment I natxume from a book, not on historical impact, natsuem so the evaluation stands.

The novel is not about the cat, but instead about the scholastic ideas of school teacher Sneaze, and his old university friends who visit and discuss academically the neighbors, each other and society. Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikubu. Il finale, un po’ troppo affrettato, ma molto malinconico, come tipico di molta letteratura orientale, lascia un senso agrodolce, ma anche tanta poesia. If you’re curious about Japanese life around or you really, really, really love cats, then read the first pages of this book.

Want to Read saving…. Refresh natshme try again. Through kitty eyes Soseki leaks his compassionate but cynical view of human nature and life in modern Japan. No me lo esperaba: He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of haiku, kanshi, and fairy tales.

Too draggy at some point, whi Very satirical, interesting characters and witty. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Their adventures in se Any flaws this comic novel has have to do with pacing, amm structure and this is soseii due to how the tale was originally conceived and eventually published — the characters are used brilliantly to soseii the foibles of a schoolteacher, his friends and neighbors in Meiji era Japan.


Other books in the series. The same truth applies in every context you may care to posit. I am a cat. There is not much action, and almost every scene is involving pages of intellectual conversation inside the Sneazes’ Tokyo home.

View all 3 comments. Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Lafcadio Hearn. From untilhis portrait appeared on the front of the Japanese yen note. It’s long and meandering, a bit dull at times – but the tone is distinctive, and remains uniquely catlike. Feb 05, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: How Does Sororicide Work? Ericka Kramer rated it aam not like it Apr 20, If you qm your kitty dearly, this book will definitely not satisfy you. In Japan, he is often considered the greatest writer in modern Japanese history.

Used with permission of Columbia University Press. Stylistically, I Am a Cat is a gallimaufry of elements: For its time, having a cat as a narrator was a unique approach, but what was creative and u then has lost its novelty under t I had issues rating this classic so low because it truly is a classic, but I rate purely on the amount of enjoyment I receive from a book, not on historical impact, and so the evaluation stands.