“As we count up the memories from one journey, we head off on another. Remembering those who went ahead. Remembering those who will follow after. And someday, we will meet all those people again, out beyond the horizon.”
― Hiro Arikawa, The Travelling Cat Chronicles
I often recommend books as a “beach read” or “brain candy”. Not this one. You need to be in the right mental space for this novel. It’s heavy and intense in all the best ways. By the time you close the last page you feel like you lived through something.
This is a story of a man and his cat, and what they will do to stay together for as long as is possible. As a cat person this story made perfect sense to me, many pages were funny enough that I laughed out loud and quite a few were read through tears. There is a sort of grim truthfulness to the tone of his words. The sense of hope with a background feeling of loss just envelopes the story like a veil of honesty.
I loved it.