Review | She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai and Naruki Nakagawa

“I love her face when she smiles. But it could be that her smile is a lie that she uses to hide her clenched teeth. I don’t understand why she cried. I can’t even say, “You’ll be all right.” But I will always be by your side. After all, I am your cat.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: stray cats, meals, bonds, paintings, friendships, territories and loving owners.

For fans of Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs and Murata Sayaka’s Earthlings, this Japanese bestseller from renowned anime director Makoto Shinkai features four inspirational and heartwarming vignettes following women and their cats in their quests for love and connection.

Lying alone on the edge of the sidewalk in an abandoned cardboard box, a nameless narrator contemplates the indifferent world around him. With his mother long gone, his only company is the sound of the nearby train. Just as he fears that the end is near, a young woman peers down at him, this fateful encounter changing their lives forever

So begins the first story in She and Her Cat, a collection of four interrelated, stream-of-conscious short stories in which four women and their feline companions explore the frailty of life, the pain of isolation, and the limits of communication.

With clever narration alternating between the cats and their owners, She and Her Cat offers a unique and sly commentary on human foibles and our desire for connection. A whimsical short story anthology unlike any other, it effortlessly demonstrates that even in our darkest, most lonesome moments, we are still united to this wonderous world—often in ways we could never have expected.

What a wholesome book! This was such a cute and beautiful story – but I’m probably biased because I love cats and stories about cats.

In this book, we follow the story of four cats and their owners. The book is divided into four parts, focusing on each cat and respective owner. The cool thing is that all of the stories are connected and they know and interact with each other!

What I really liked about this book is how the animals could “talk”. You can read their thoughts and their conversations with each other, but the humans in the story don’t understand them, they only hear them meow or bark. I thought this was a really cool thing about the story and it helped bring the animals’ perspectives to life!

I found this to be a very typical Japanese book in the sense that there’s a lot of depth to it. To be more specific, there are plenty of reflections on life, death, friendship, happiness and loneliness.

It’s a short book full of magical, wholesome (and even sad) moments. I would recommend this one!


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