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I Am A Cat (excerpt)

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In "I Am A Cat" by Sōseki Natsume, readers are treated to a unique and amusing perspective through the eyes of a curious feline narrator. The book offers a clever and satirical look at human behavior, relationships, and society in Meiji-era Japan. The cat's observations are witty and insightful, providing a fresh and entertaining take on the world around it.

Natsume's writing is elegant and engaging, drawing readers into the cat's world and making them see things from a completely different viewpoint. The book is full of social commentary and humor, making it a captivating read that offers both entertainment and food for thought.

Overall, "I Am A Cat" is a delightful and thought-provoking novel that will appeal to readers looking for a unique and engaging story. Natsume's masterful storytelling and the cat's perspective make this book a standout in Japanese literature.

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These are the first two chapters of Natsume Sōseki's masterpiece, "I Am A Cat" . It is recognized as a landmark of modern Japanese literature, with its humorous but insightful depiction of society as seen through the eyes of a cat. The full work was published in serial form, in ten installments, in 1905-1906. Soon after, Kan-ichi Ando published an English translation of the first two chapters. Sadly, there is no translation of the full work in the public domain, but because of its episodic structure, this excerpt can easily stand on its own. - Summary by Peter Eastman


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