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The story “Town of Cats” is excerpted from three-part novel, “1Q84”. In the book, Tengo is one of two main characters who pass between two distinct worlds, one of which has supernatural elements. But this story deals mainly with the real world —and the relationship between a boy and the man who raises him. Was this portrait of Tengo’s background —the disappearance of his mThe story “Town of Cats” is excerpted from three-part novel, “1Q84”. In the book, Tengo is one of two main characters who pass between two distinct worlds, one of which has supernatural elements. But this story deals mainly with the real world —and the relationship between a boy and the man who raises him. Was this portrait of Tengo’s background —the disappearance of his mother, the difficult relationship with his father— part of your conception of the book and the character from the beginning?...

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Town of Cats Reviews

  • Bettie☯
    2018-09-29 10:57

    Translated, from the Japanese, by Jay RubinDescription: The story “Town of Cats” is excerpted from three-part novel, “1Q84”. In the book, Tengo is one of two main characters who pass between two distinct worlds, one of which has supernatural elements. But this story deals mainly with the real world —and the relationship between a boy and the man who raises him. Was this portrait of Tengo’s background —the disappearance of his mother, the difficult relationship with his father— part of your conception of the book and the character from the beginning.Read hereOpening: At Koenji Station, Tengo boarded the Chuo Line inbound rapid-service train. The car was empty. He had nothing planned that day. Wherever he went and whatever he did (or didn’t do) was entirely up to him. It was ten o’clock on a windless summer morning, and the sun was beating down. The train passed Shinjuku, Yotsuya, Ochanomizu, and arrived at Tokyo Central Station, the end of the line.

  • Emily
    2018-09-26 13:47

    I love Haruki Murakami's work. This short story was published a couple of days ago in The New Yorker. The link is below if you'd like to read it as well. As always, I like how he mixes stories of real, complex characters into fantastical worlds where you never quite know what is going on. In this story, Tengo is traveling by train on a whim to see his estranged father who now lives in a sanatorium and who he hasn't seen for two years. Along the way, he reads a story--I liked the construction of a story within a story that then intersects the larger story--Town of Cats.Tengo never got along with his father, and questions his paternity, but he found solace in his education. I love this quote about his love of literature:"While math was like a magnificent imaginary building for Tengo, literature was a vast magical forest. Math stretched infinitely upward toward the heavens, but stories spread out before him, their sturdy roots stretching deep into the earth. In this forest there were no maps, no doorways."Read more http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/feat...

  • Thomas
    2018-09-26 11:08

    3.5 starsA short story excerpt from Haruki Murakami's large book 1Q84, "Town of Cats" focuses on the narrator's estranged relationship with his father and the complex dynamics underlying their difficult relationship. The title comes from a story our narrator, Tengo, reads while on a train, and it adds a nice touch of magical realism to an otherwise grounded piece. I most enjoyed the ambiguity Tengo faces in terms of his mother's disappearance and his father's dementia. Murakami writes Tengo's dilemma in a bittersweet and sympathetic way while maintaining the maturity and sophistication of his piece as a whole.Overall, recommended to Murakami fans and those who enjoy magical realism and/or family tension in their short stories. Not sure when I will find time to read 1Q84, but I look forward to it nonetheless.

  • Jelena
    2018-10-13 13:52

    I read “Town of Cats” shortly after finishing “1Q84”, which is probably the wrong way to do it.Reading the story first as a part of a large novel, I saw it as an episode contributing to the big picture, a piece that would eventually help understand the wider context (or not) and set some details further into perspective (or not, again).Even in the novel it was one of my favourite extracts: about different angles, different views and layers we never recognise in each other. Rereading it as a stand-alone just showed me how well it works independently and how easily one can see the author even in the details of his work.

  • Alfred Haplo
    2018-10-03 15:51

    My takeaway, is to read more Murakami. Town of Cats is a peculiar little story extracted from a 3-part novel, 1Q84. Based in Japan, Tengo takes an impromptu journey to see his estranged father to confront their past. Within just 16 short pages, this story evoked a touch of magical realism, hinted at complex family dynamics and aroused enough curiosity in the reader to engage more deeply. This is my first entree into Murakami's oeuvre. Town of Cats is free onlinein the New Yorker.[Footnote: Cats... *sigh* Why can't there be more stories about dogs?]

  • Patricia
    2018-10-12 07:56

    Rather than focus on the father and son dynamics, I was more taken with the relationship between Tengo and the short story he was reading. My impression was of two men in the clutches of a crippling uncertainty.I was drawn to the man in Tengo's book as much as to Tengo himself. They had both seen things they weren't meant to see, images that would trap them in a place where trains refused to pause for vanished men and mothers abandoned their sleeping babies. I was struck by the desolation of it all but relieved that although not both of them can get things right, Tengo was able to dig enough into himself to answer his own questions and board the train that the man in his story never would. It was a comfort to me that at least one of them was no longer "in a place he was meant to be lost."

  • Fernanda
    2018-10-05 14:46

    No se que decir, esta historia corta es oro puro. Son paseos entre recuerdos, verdades, realidades. Cosas simples que te emocionan y te intrigan. Me ha quedado un buen sabor de boca con cada palabra. Es la primera vez que leo algo de Murakami traducido al inglés y no por eso se dejó de sentir su esencia. La historia se centra en Tengo, un joven que realiza un recuento de su vida en pocas líneas, de traer recuerdos y de vivencias. De hablar de su padre, de hablar con el. De desear saber la verdad de una vez por todas, de aprovechar y sobre todo , del pueblo de los gatos.El mundo debe leer esta historia corta. Pueden leerla aquí traducida al inglés: http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/feat...

  • April Cote
    2018-10-18 13:07

    Wow...I have never read anything by Haruki Murakami before this short story. It was a sad, strange tale about a father and son, with a little story of cats that oddly ties it all together and brings understanding to the plot characters and finally the reader. I will definitely be reading more by this author in the near future.Also, the story is free. A great bonus.http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...

  • Cow
    2018-10-04 15:14

    "While math was like a magnificent imaginary building for Tengo, literature was a vast magical forest. Math stretched infinitely upward toward the heavens, but stories spread out before him, their sturdy roots stretching deep into the earth. In this forest there were no maps, no doorways."Solid Murakami. Slightly magical, slightly real, all filled with a sense of longing. Excited again for 1Q84 coming out in English in a month. :D

  • Motahare Ghaderi
    2018-10-01 14:11

    یه مجموعه داستان شامل داستان های :شهر گربه ها، شهرزاد،سامسای عاشق،کینو، و دیروز چندان مورد قبول واقع نشد.توقع بیشتری داشتم.احتمال داره به خاطر این باشه که تصمیم گرفتم موراکامی بشه یکی از نویسنده های مورد علاقه م دلم میخواست روند خوندن کتاب هاش شبیه صعود به قله باشه تا برسه به کافکا در کرانهخوندن این یکی به عنوان سومین کتابی که ازش خوندم شبیه استراحت توی یه دره ی کم عمق میانه های راه صعود به قله بود.داستانای شهر گربه ها و شهرزاد رو بیشتر دوست داشتم

  • Elvira
    2018-10-15 14:14

    One eyebrow rose slightly. “If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation.”Yes.

  • Laura
    2018-10-20 11:48

    You may read online here.Opening lines:At Koenji Station, Tengo boarded the Chuo Line inbound rapid-service train. The car was empty. He had nothing planned that day. Wherever he went and whatever he did (or didn’t do) was entirely up to him.

  • Iman El-shamekh
    2018-10-02 09:12

    It's like an Episode of 1Q84 the 1st book."If you couldn’t understand something without an explanation, you couldn’t understand it with an explanation."

  • erika
    2018-10-14 08:13

    brilliant and disturbing. i love how haruki murakami writes stories within stories within stories. this short story is a good example of perfect planning.very, very disquieting.

  • Clarisse
    2018-09-24 08:55

    This is a nice short story. Loving Murakami very much!“If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation.” -Tengo's father

  • Klaas
    2018-09-19 08:06

    "Just a vacuum."

  • Hien
    2018-10-05 10:06

    TBH I wanted to read this short story and writing this review only because it was my Eng homework “What you like about the story in 300 words” and here I am trying to. But turns out it was surprisingly good if considering its length. The plot is simple yet the way it was told so strange and attractive. I’ve never read any of Haruki’s books but he is such a genius. I was amazed by how the author put a story inside another story, which at first seemed to be irrelevant and unimaginable but after all, led to a meaningful conclusion. From a tale about town of cats to the story about the unclear relationship between father and son, both the man in the cats’ town and Tengo – was in "a place where they were meant to be lost". But I’m glad that at least Tengo was able to reboard the train to come back to the world where he came from.“This is no town of cats, he finally realizes. It is the place where he is meant to be lost. It is another world, which has been prepared especially for him.”“When a vacuum forms, something has to come along to fill it. That’s what everybody does.” When it came to this part, I really wanted to read (and will do soon) the rest of 1Q84 to find out what happened next and have a complete perspective of the whole book.“If you can’t understand it without an explaination, you can’t understand it with an explaination.”

  • santropy
    2018-10-05 12:52

    I think, reading anything by Haruki Murakami is never bound to disappoint one. At least, it is the case with me, so far. I think I know the exact reason why his writing appeals to me, but let's not jinx it by pin-pointing it, and I don't want to concentrate on the right now or ever. I just want to savour and enjoy it.But, at least once, I come across weird statements that do not make any sense to me. However weird the story is, things like -"The cats cock their heads, puzzled, then retreat down the stairs. The young man hears their footsteps fading into the dark of night"confuse me. How can one hear footsteps of cats or of any other feline. It leaves me thinking, "was it just an oversight or it has a hidden meaning behind it?".

  • Epicdom
    2018-10-11 08:15

    This is my personal favourite part in 1Q84 so far. I guess it helps that I love cats, but it is also the realisation that it represents something much deeper. I feel the message is easy to identify with. I would suggest reading the whole of 1Q84 (I am currently on the last book) to get a better understanding of Tengo, but maybe people will be able to grasp his character quite well from the extract.

  • Yudhit
    2018-09-24 08:47

    I love how Murakami turned something ordinary into an extraordinary story. How he played with words and phrases with such brilliant combination.Telling us the story without directing us to the conclusion rather let us wonder trough the possibility that might occurred.He made me think that this ordinary story was as important as history itself without loosing the ordinary essence of it. I don't know,... this is my second reading of his writing.. and still I am fascinated.

  • Jigar Brahmbhatt
    2018-10-20 07:54

    Murakami, as always, is fascinating. Here he begins with a character boarding a train at whim to meet his estranged father who lives in a sanatorium, and reads a story on the way to while away time. It's a curious, and quite common, way to structure a story, but I can't wait to know what happens next.

  • El-Tabei Mohamed
    2018-10-20 09:08

    If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation.

  • Jaga
    2018-10-15 08:07

    That's a fragment of 1Q84 so.... who put that here?

  • Anne Earney
    2018-10-18 16:06

    A new Murakami short story from The New Yorker. Very good, typical Murakami, with cats and everything, so of course I loved it. Has a bit of a Borges feel to it, with interior and circular elements.

  • Sayantan Ghosh
    2018-09-19 09:12

    When there's vacuum, something fills it up. Finding that something which fills up the vacuum this story creates, will not be easy.

  • Candido
    2018-10-18 10:00

    Moody story, the ambience is introspective and melancholic. Nice read for this Autumn. Murakami knows how to do this visit to your own personal internal history.

  • Dani (The Pluviophile Writer)
    2018-09-22 13:02

    You can read this short story here: http://bit.ly/1OkXqf9For those that have read 1Q84, this story may seem a bit repetitive as it is nearly identical to a scene in the book. However, there is also a moment that Tengo shares with his father that did not happen in 1Q84 that is worth reading in this story.

  • Nazanin Banaei
    2018-09-21 07:54

    با روحی تنگ و یکدنده، که در این تکه‌زمین کنار دریا افتان و خیزان به بقای خود ادامه می‌دهد، چاره‌ای ندارد جز اینکه با خلائی که به کندی درونش پخش می‌شود همزیستی کند. در نهایت این خلأ همه‌ی خاطرات باقی‌مانده را خواهد بلعید. دیگر صرفاً بحث زمان است.

  • Amin karami
    2018-10-04 11:07

    شهر گربه ها.... موراکامی باز هم تواناییش رو در خلق فضاهای آشنا اما غریب و خیال انگیز به تصویر میکشه. این بار در قالب داستان کوتاه. و چه خوب این کارو کرده. هنوز تصویر عجیب شهر گربه ها و ایستگاه متروکش جلوی چشمامه

  • EcemYücel
    2018-09-24 10:51

    Wanted to finish the year with a Murakami story. Loved 1Q84 when I read it years ago and loved this story from it too.