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The international phenomenon that has sold than two million copies, If Cats Disappeared from the World is a heartwarming, funny, and profound meditation on the meaning of lifeThe young postman s days are numbered Estranged from his family and 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 shows up to make him an offer In exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, the postman will be granted one extra day of life And so begins a very strange week that brings the young postman and his beloved cat to the brink of existenceWith 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 This timeless tale from Genki Kawamura producer of the Japanese blockbuster animated movie Your Name is a moving story of loss and reconciliation, and of one man s journey to discover what really matters most in life I found this a bit flat and simplistic Maybe something was lost in translation The characters felt 2 dimensional and clumsily drawn to me. So this book has a cat in it so I knew I had to read it I love books that have cats in them especially if they show the relationship between the cat and their owner So I was really looking forward to reading it and I really did enjoy this book.This book was different to what I was expecting but I still really enjoyed it The book is thought provoking and deals with death and how we live our lives The story follows an unnamed postman who has been told by his doctor that he has only months to live, then one day the devil appears and in exchange for making something disappear from the world he will get an extra day to live This is when he begins to reflect on his life as each day something else disappears Although this book has lots of humour, with the main character making light of some situations, overall the book is pretty sad as he realises how many regrets he has in life and no time to fix them.He comes to many realises about the way he lived his life from not staying in touch with friends, how he should have been affectionate towards his mother and how he wishes he had done things differently with his ex girlfriend This book makes us think about how we live our lives and that we should be the best version of ourselves and find joy in the smaller things in life.We come to realise that each thing that the devil makes disappear is something that is significant to the main character Were they chosen for a specific reason, to make him realise his mistakes The first item is phones, and while he thinks about what effect it will have to not have mobiles, the advantages and disadvantages of having phones He spent most of his relationship talking to his ex girlfriend talking to her on the phone instead of actually having conversations when they were together.The second thing to disappear is films This connects him to both his girlfriend and his friend in school, who is a huge film buff and who he lost contact with He thinks about how he didn t have any significant friends in his life to spend time with in his final days.The third thing to disappear is clocks which connects him to his estranged father His father is a clock repairer and someone who he hasn t spoken to in years He thinks about how when his mother was alive she wanted them to reconcile and thinks about why he hasn t spoken to him.The last thing that the devil decides to make disappear is his cat, Cabbage This is when he begins to weigh the value of his life over making things disappear Is it worth it to lose his only friend and the one thing that still connects him to his mum to have an extra day of life He thinks about what his life would be like without Cabbage, and what would happen to Cabbage if he died He starts to think about if anyone would miss him if he died, would anyone remember him It makes you think about how you lived your life and whether you have lived a meaningful life and if anyone will remember you once you re gone.I think the only issue I had with the book was that the translation felt a bit awkward at times though I m not sure if it s the writing style itself or just the translation.I do recommend reading this book it really makes you think about your life and how we spend everyday and how we should reflect on our lives and also about our relationships with family and friends. Having bumped it right to the top of my list, I couldn t resist reading just a couple of paragraphs before returning to the book I was reading at the time I didn t return to the other book I was hooked and couldn t help but finish it It took little over a day as the book is quite short, but this is a brilliant book The only bug I have to pick with this one was that, at times, the writing lacked a little, but it felt like the translation may have not been up to scratch That aside I thoroughly recommend this The topic may not be the happiest, but there are some moments of joy in here Give it a go, and see if you think the world would be better off without cats. A sentimental and philosophical story about appreciating human nature and what s important in life.Written like a film lots of speech, memories, dream interludes with an American movie kind of humour the Devil character , often citing American film quotes I can see the story as a film but I found this format to read a little frustrating at times and longed for poetic and descriptive text to leave to the imagination I wondered if this direct, minimalist style was one of the reasons why so many people bought it it is accessible and reaches out to the everyday person and their pondering Most of the philosophical points however, you would know if you read a little theory e.g about the artificial construct of linear time The writer not only cites the language of movies movies being a topic discussed in the book but also uses a well known photographer s work as a key metaphor couldn t he have thought his own up So nothing radical for me there as I was already familiar with this persons work Sorry, but I felt there was not much original content Borrowed themes and concepts, however, emotionally moving when discussing themes of death and reconciliation.