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ISBN-13: 9780804832656
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2001
Series: I Am a Cat Series
Edition description: Bilingual Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 91,506
Product dimensions: 7.94(w) x 5.08(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author

Born Natsume Kinnosuke, Soseki was brought up in a middle-class family at the beginning of the Meiji period. After an extensive education in English, Chinese, and Japanese literature, Soseki taught English at the University of Tokyo. In 1907, he gave up teaching to devote himself to writing and produced many books, including Botchan, The Three-Cornered World, and Mon. He died in Tokyo in 1916.

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I Am a Cat 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is narrated by a saucy, yet philosophical feline who expounds on the foibles of humankind. The cat, who has been abandoned, was taken in by a school teacher, but he has never been given a name. Although he does get into a couple of brief, hysterically funny slapstick situations, the wit he displays as he comments on his master and the humans around him just sparkles and drives this book. He will describe his observations and theories on humankind in detail, many times going on for pages on his pet theme (for instance, his theory of why humans wear clothing), but the book is so very well written that these ponderings do not drag in the least. They keep you laughing throughout, and you want more! Highly readable, highly entertaining. Natsume's writing is so rich and multi-textured that the layers upon layers of meaning come through even in the translation. What a gem this book is! It may very well end up being my favorite read of 2005! I must say that before I purchased this book I had been attracted by the cover art for some time. In this case, it was a good thing to defy the old adage about not judging a book by its cover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soseki is one of most famous Japanese authors. You can feel the Japanese mind and spirit. I want to be a cat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book forever and a day ago (1997) and to this day I still remember much of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who can find humor in the little every day things that comes with it. This is definately a book to remember!!
azfad on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Diverting and witty - this book is a kind of Japanese 'Diary of a Nobody', but angrier. Worth reading.
Marensr on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I picked up I AM A CAT while browsing one day and almost put it back because I didn¿t feel like reading a book of its heft (it's over 600 pages) at that moment. But I read the first few pages and realized I had a gem and finished the book in a couple of weeks. The first person (cat) voice of the narrative is inspired. Soseki Natsume offers an amusing commentary human nature particularly of academics and hypochondriacs. However, he also offers a closely observed and humorous commentary on cat behavior that can come only from living in close proximity to a cat. Moments when the cat describes his shock on seeing his first human with it¿s horribly bald face, or his attempt to keep his dignity after finding the theft and eating of a sticky rice ball more difficult than he anticipated are priceless for their humor and vivid description. It is true, however, that as the book progresses the cat¿s stories become increasingly focused on the humans around him.I am not in a position to offer an opinion on the translation, however, this book was my introduction to Soseki and I have since read several of his other works in various translations and find this book to be consistent with the style, tone and humor of that emerges from other translations of his writings. I also found I AM A CAT highly readable. It was originally published serially over many years, and the short vignettes it offers allow one to pick it up and put it down without losing the thread of an overarching story. Additionally, the format of many short stories allows some to be more humorous and other to be more philosophical even poignant and in the best of the stories all three at once. It is a highly imaginative, thoughtful and funny set of stories about human foibles.
DRFP on LibraryThing 10 months ago
An intially difficult book to get into; but once you sync into its zone it's a very fun book. When the Cat talks about his routines and such it's not SO interesting, as the best parts are the long conversations with Sneeze, Waverhouse, Coldmoon, and co.. Well worth taking your time with.
antiquary on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Amusing concept, but tends to spend more time on the cat's master and his rather tiresome friends than on the cat itself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
his book was a little bit over my head at times, because it was written very intelligently.