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Our narrator’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat, Cabbage, for company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can set about tackling his bucket list, the devil appears with a special offer: in exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, he can have one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week....

Because how do you decide what makes life worth living? How do you separate out what you can do without from what you hold dear? In dealing with the devil, our narrator will take himself - and his beloved cat - to the brink. If Cats Disappeared from the World is a story of loss and reconciliation, of one man’s journey to discover what really matters in modern life.

This beautiful tale is translated from the Japanese by Eric Selland, who also translated The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide. Fans of The Guest Cat will also surely love If Cats Disappeared from the World.

©2018 Genki Kawamura (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Beautiful story

This is a wonderful book by Genki Kawamura (some people may know him as the producer of the film Your Name and he’s just as talented an author as producer!) -it’s touching and philosophical, and overall just a delight to read/listen to.

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an enjoyable short listen

I enjoyed the story and wished it was longer! There were some elements I found a bit predictable but it really made me think.

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Profound

Stunned, one of the most simply profound novels I have ever listened to. It is a short listen, but every word (amazingly gifted translator) speaks so much. I can't write anymore, just listen to this.

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A Reflective listen

I wasn’t sure at first if I could enjoy this but I became engrossed, the narrator had a nice voice and I could visualise the story well. In the end especially in these difficult times it is good to think about the important things in our lives, it’s never too late.....

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A deal with the Devil

A man about to die from cancer makes a deal with the Devil. For the "small" price of making something disappear from the world, he gets to survive one more day. This seems like a sweet deal, the world is so full of stuff anyway. But there is, of course, a catch. He doesn't get to choose what disappears.

A quirky little book about what's important in life. I enjoyed it!

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feelgood book,

Eassy to read / listen to. No revelation, but a nice reminder on what is important in live and death.

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Interesting think piece as a book

Clear narrator and a fresh perspective on what it means to be alive, well read.

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devil with a conscience

interesting concept, what could you live without?
And would you, Just to get an extra day?

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  • 27-05-20

Love these stories with cats. :)

A deep story, lots of thinking, several funny moments, fewer cats. :)
Recommended if you liked Travelling Cat Chronicles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-18

thought provoking

a short, and worthwhile book .
it could have been longer ,but the 2 first hours of the book was the best .