If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura | Book Review

If Cats Disappeared from the World book cover

After being diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour, this tale’s narrator has very little time left to live. As he begins compiling a bucket list, he is visited by the devil who offers him a tantalising deal. He can live for an extra day in exchange for making one thing disappear completely from the world. What will he find himself capable of giving up? What does he value in life? When will he find himself content enough to leave the world behind? And will his cat, Cabbage, find himself disappeared?

My brother bought me this book for my birthday for no other reasons than it had a cat on the cover and it “sounded weird.” He knows me so well. And he made a great choice – I really enjoyed this little story.

Despite the morbid subject matter, If Cats Disappeared from the World is a reasonably light and feel-good read. The narrator is witty and endearing, and his interactions with the Devil (who happens to be the spitting image of him) are very entertaining.

In terms of plot, not very much really happens other than the narrator coming to terms with a couple of relationships and his impending death. However, there is a charming chapter in which Cabbage the cat begins to speak human, which in my mind is reason enough to give this book a read, regardless of anything else.

If you’re a cat lover and you enjoy peaceful, contemplative tales, this is a good one for you.

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