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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I am a Cat II

Published December 15th by Tuttle Publishing first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about I am a Cat IIplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I accidentally bought this book not noticing it was the second book of a trilogy. But it didn’t really matter, the story being self-contained and easily read as a stand alone tale narrated by a philosophically-minded cat.

Though filled with lengthy conversations between the human characters, the book is funniest when the cat is making observations about his master: Jun 14, Fraser rated it liked it Shelves: As with Volume I, it is often easy to forget caat our narrator is a cat, with tens of natxume at a time dedicated to the dialogue between Mr.

Sneaze and his cohorts. 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. Occasionally we are treated to brief interludes in which soeeki nameless narrator will offer amusing insights into cat behavior.

My favorite of these as As with Volume I, it is often easy to forget that our narrator is a cat, with tens of pages at a time dedicated to the dialogue between Mr.

My favorite of these asides is the explanation of “exercise” in which we are privy to the rationale behind feline idiosyncrasies such as ambushing children and hunting crickets. My favorite passage reminding me a cat’s true self was simple and pointed: Sneaze’s acquaintance offers this appraisal of his chosen profession: Altogether, it’s a stupid way of life.

In this second volume I was able to appreciate the quality of the translation a little more. Ito and Wilson have taken what must be very difficult source material and molded their own language to offer intricate sosek and subtle-yet-genuinely -hilarious conversations, not to mention the impossibly lofty-yet-inquisitive tone used by the feline narrator.

Imagine a story bring narrated by the StarTrek character Mr. Spock who while always academic, also enjoys chasing his own tail from time to time. 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.

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I suspect at least some of these words were the inventions of our translators, and perhaps that cxt to seamlessly insert invented lexicon into another author’s text is the ultimate test of a translator’s worth. Soseoi all 3 comments. Dec 21, Paula Guisard rated it really liked it Shelves: I myself thought this second part was rather difficult to get over with. 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 natsu,e published monthly on a Japanese journal.

I think Waverhouse gets a bit of a Lord Henry essence in this book, which I myself liked very much, but all chara I myself thought this second part was rather difficult to get over with. I think Ssoseki gets a bit of a Lord Henry essence in this book, which I myself liked very much, but all character were given deeper personalities through the development of the text.

I believe the dialogues were so natural I could easily picture them taking narsume on any ordinary group of friends, in which people jump from one topic to another at their minds’ wish. The only problem car that they could get a little confusing sometimes, but their unique personalities among their friends made it easier to distinguish one from another throughout it. The cat, though, seems nasume lose participation chapter after chapter, which is also a pity.

His adventures were some of my favorite parts from it. Apr 06, Eric Hinkle rated it really liked it. In some ways, I liked this even more than volume one. The proto-Proustian wisdom, details, studies, and wisecracks are all over the place, and make pretty u everything the “cat” says rather fascinating. The characters seem extra ridiculous and hilarious in this volume.

Natsume also has a real passion for inventing words and creating portmanteaus, which means that the translators here deserve many kudos. Czt, I love it. Can’t wait for the last volume Nov 03, Ry Herman rated it really liked it Shelves: The second volume is as amusing as the first, including healthy helpings of dry wit, odd cat-philosophy, and buffoonish human behavior. It also includes a welcome chapter that focuses as much on the cat’s daily routine pouncing on insects in the garden as it does on the activities and conversations of the humans around it.

I am a Cat

Onward to volume III! Feb 19, Sylvia rated it really liked it Shelves: I haven’t read the batsume book yet the streams of thought of this nameless almost abandoned yet arrogant cat make me fall in love with this book. This amazing character lives up to his “beingness” as a cat, known as one of the most laid back creature in the world that think they are better than any other creatures in the world and this is where the funny part lies. Thinking of himself highly – though in truth he cannot even catch rats or scares crows – and using his intense observation, he manage I haven’t read the first book yet the streams of thought of this nameless almost abandoned yet arrogant cat make me fall in love with this book.

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Thinking of himself highly – though in truth he cannot even catch rats or scares crows – and using his intense observation, he manage to make fun of the life and habit of the people around him. I find this book really really funny. This book is originally written in Japanese and full of intricate details especially to readers who’s not familiar with Japanese culture, especially during the Meiji Restoration.

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

Oct 27, Guguk rated it did not like it Shelves: Pernah baca ini dan lanjutannya: I am a Cat III View all 4 comments. May 01, Fairywitch rated it did not like it Shelves: I read the first book and was bored, I have no idea why I went on to the second. May 10, Jatu rated it really car it. So far, karena blom baca mpe selesei, It’s good book, tells you the view of the world according to CAT’s view.

Susan rated it liked it Dec 05, Julia Story soseko it really liked it Jan 18, Hadeel Er rated it it was ok Jun 14, Imanol rated it liked it Jun 03, Carolina rated it it was ok Jun 20, Gordon Wallis rated it it was amazing Feb 28, Hamish Danks Brown rated it really liked it Dec 30, Xanat Meza rated it liked it Apr 27, Amelia rated it it was ok Apr 16, Ericka Kramer rated it did not like it Apr 20, Asaf Meller rated it it was amazing Mar 28, Chris Whitney rated it really liked it Jan 07, Ashryn rated it did not like it Dec 30, Dana rated it really liked it Aug 21, Judy Arnold rated it it was amazing Oct 28, Southy rated it really liked it Apr 07, Gabija rated it liked it Apr 24, Leslie Johnston rated it liked it Mar 02, Chloe Hallam rated it really liked it May 20, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of natsumw, kanshi, and fairy tales. From untilhis portrait appeared on the front of the Japanese yen note. In Japan, he is often considered the greatest writer in modern Japanese history. He has had a profound effect on almost all important Japanese writers since.

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