Review | If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura

“I scooped the cat up and snuggled him against my chest for comfort. He was warm and soft, a smooth fluffy ball of fur in my arms. I’d cuddled up with the little guy countless times over the years without thinking much about it, but now, for the first time ever, it occurred to me that maybe this little act of comfort was what life was all about.” 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: chocolate, talking cats, hawaiian clothes, clocks, soft fur, photo albums, choices, walks and the devil.

The international phenomenon that has sold over a million copies in Japan, If Cats Disappeared from the World is a funny, heartwarming, and profound meditation on the meaning of life.

The postman’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage to keep him company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can tackle his bucket list, the Devil appears to make him an offer: In exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, our narrator will get one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week…

With each object that disappears the postman reflects on the life he’s lived, his joys and regrets, and the people he’s loved and lost.

Genki Kawamura’s timeless tale is a moving story of loss and reconciliation, of one man’s journey to discover what really matters most in life.

This was my first time ever reading a book by a Japanese author (besides manga), and I absolutely loved it. This was exactly what I needed right now, a breath of fresh air.

If you don’t know what the book is about, it is a story about a man who just found out he has a tumor and has only a few months to live. Out of nowhere and dressed with vacation clothes, the Devil appears and tells the man that he can make him live a day longer for each thing he agrees to take from the world. Sounds interesting? I thought so too.

And yes, the title and premise may seem sad, but have no fear! What’s so great about this book is that it’s perfectly balanced: there are moments of deep reflection and heartbreak, but there is also a great dose of humour and lightness. Not only did I shed some tears, but I also laughed out loud in some of the chapters.

“If Cats Disappeared From the World” is about all the things we take for granted in our daily lives and what makes us human. Have you ever thought about how the concept of time (created by us humans) impacted our lives? What about cell phones? What if these things suddenly disappeared? But the thing is that not only big things like this impact our lives. What about a world without the taste of chocolate or the comfort we get from petting a cat?

The main character soon realizes what really makes life worth living and what connects us as humans. Life is too short! I loved this book and I highly recommend it. It’s a fairly short book, it’s wholesome and I’m sure it will leave an impact on you.

Side note: It was so funny how the first thing the devil wanted to take away from the world was chocolate, but then he tasted it and changed his mind. Can you blame him, honestly?


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