If Cats Disappeared from the World
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Listening Length 4 hours and 49 minutes
Author Genki Kawamura, Eric Selland - translator
Narrator Brian Nishii
Audible.in Release Date 20 September 2018
Publisher Macmillan Digital Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank #16,093 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
#9 in Animal Fiction
#46 in Magical Realism Fiction
#807 in Literary Fiction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect fiction on reality.
By Reading_Tam_Ishly on 1 January 2020
This is my kind of book. This is my kind of story. This is my kind of favourite.
This book gave me everything I wanted from a good book.
It's fun yet it makes me think about a lot of things which actually matter in reality.
I love how the author wrote such big things about life in such a simple way. It's simply amazing.
I laughed and cried while reading this one. It's endearing and will remain as one of the most memorable reads.

*What made this read different:
The main characters are nothing sort of unique or dramatic yet yes, one of the characters was the Devil himself.
And then there's this cat called Cabbage. And then there are the characters which were there in the memory of the narrator which made all thw difference!

The writing style is fun to read. I just couldn't allow myself to take a break in between.

The plot involved making phones, movies, clocks disappear one by one in order to prolong the life of our main character.

Things went somewhat fine but what makes the story so different when it comes to make cats disappear?
It's just not about the cat or any emotional attachments with cats and human that makes the plot of this book. But it's something that's entirely different and something so dear to the life of the narrator that everything makes sense in the end.

This book is just what we all need to read and reach to a conclusion of our own lives regarding our relationships and family.

I want to read more books like this. Amazing book indeed!
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2019
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 more 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bump it to the top of your TBR, you won't be sorry
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like a script
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars The title is more interesting than the book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 May 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars What was all the fuss about?
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