A Man & His Cat by Umi Sakurai (or, Me & My Cat)

Minou was a bit disgruntled to be woken for her photo shoot. But, I seized the opportunity to highlight A Man & His Cat for the Japanese Literature Challenge 15.

The book first came to my attention from Robin’s review. Not only did it sound lovely, but I needed something light after slogging through Keigo Higashino’s Silent Parade. A book about a cat and a man, written in the manga style, seemed quite endearing.

A kitten languishes in a pet shop, unwanted and unloved. Even as his price drops with each passing day, no one spares him a glance unless it’s to call him names. Having practically given up on life, the kitty himself is most shocked of all when an older gentleman comes into the store and wants to take him home! Will the man and the cat find what they’re looking for…in each other?

(back cover)

I realize this sounds a little sappy, or even melodramatic, but this is a charming little book told from the kitty’s point of view, and I quite enjoyed the hour or so it took to read it.