The Guest Cat


Takashi Hiraide

First Sentence:     At first it looked like low-lying ribbons of cloud just floating there, but then the clouds would be blown a little bit to the right and next to the left.

Back of the book:

A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another.

One day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. She is a beautiful creature. She leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. New, small joys accompany the cat; the days have more light and colour. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife; they go walking together, talk and share stories of the cat and its little ways, play in the nearby Garden. But then something happens that will change everything again.

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Last Sentence:    The words of the neighbor woman, speaking of the house with the Japanese plume grass, now stick in my mind and I have them written down here in my book.