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Sosuke Natsukawa’s The Cat Who Saved Books opens into a charming little bookstore – the kind you will often hear bibliophiles gushing about. Complete with numerous books lined up against each other on ceiling-high shelves, it is Rintaro Natsuki’s happy place. However, after his grandfather’s death, when he’s staring at the imminent reality of having to shut down the place, he meets Tiger. Despite his ferocious name, Tiger is actually a friendly tabby cat on a very unusual mission. The two set off on their quest, overcoming numerous challenges on the way, until the very last one – which Rintaro must face all by himself.
Translated from Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai, this refreshing story has managed to combine a brave narrative with moments of powerful innocence that are as entertaining as they are thoughtful. Readers who enjoyed The Little Prince will find that this short read too is similarly lucid and moving.
- Upasya Bhowal