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I am a Cat by Soseki Natsume

"A nonchalant string of anecdotes and wisecracks, told by a fellow who doesn't have a name, and has never caught a mouse, and isn't much good for anything except watching human beings in action..." —The New Yorker

Written from 1904 through 1906, Soseki Natsume's comic masterpiece, I Am a Cat, satirizes the foolishness of upper-middle-class Japanese society during the Meiji era. With acerbic wit and sardonic perspective, it follows the whimsical adventures of a world-weary stray kitten who comments on the follies and foibles of the people around him.

A classic of Japanese literature, I Am a Cat is one of Soseki's best-known novels. Considered by many as the most significant writer in modern Japanese history, Soseki's I Am a Cat is a classic novel sure to be enjoyed for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804832656
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Series: I Am a Cat Series
Edition description: Bilingual Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 162,940
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 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 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!!
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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.