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I’m a huge fan of Japanese literature involving cats. One of my all time favourite books is If Cats Disappeared from the World, and I’m a big fan of I Am a Cat and The Cat and the City, so I went into this one kind of already knowing that I was going to love it.
And of course, I did. I mean, it’s a book about a talking cat and books, what’s not to love about it?
The Cat Who Saved Books is about a teenage boy named Rintaro Natsuki, who finds himself in charge of a tiny bookshop after the death of his grandfather. Alone and Grieving, It seems that Rintaro will have to close the bookshop, that is, until he is visited by a straight-talking ginger tabby cat named Tiger.
You follow Rintaro and Tiger on various missions to save books from people who have been mistreating them in a variety of different ways. I don’t want to reveal how they are being mistreated as I think that would spoil it (and funnily enough, me doing so would actually tie in to one of said missions…)
But they are missions that have a much deeper meaning and did make me think a lot about modern society and the ‘book world’ in general. Especially the first story. That was the one that stuck with me the most and really set up the whole of the book and it’s underlying message for me.
The Cat Who Saved Books is a very quick read, you could read it all in one sitting if you wanted to, but I read it over a weekend and enjoyed every moment of it. It’s a great little book about courage, friendship, and caring for others. It’s the type of book that you can see being made into a movie, and that is how it played out in my head