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The story told in Genki Kawamura’sIf Cats Disappeared From The World‘ goes like this. The unnamed narrator is a young man. One day he discovers that he has brain tumour and his days are numbered. While he is in shock still trying to process this news, the Devil turns up at this young man’s house. The Devil looks exactly like this young man, but is more cool, more stylish. And the Devil tells this young man that he is going to die the next day, but he can extend his life by one more day, if he decides to make one thing disappear across the world. And so it all begins. To find out what happens next and how it all ends, you should read the book.

In this book, Genki Kawamura takes the Faustian fable, makes the Devil stylish, puts a cat in it, sets the events in contemporary times, and we get a story which is charming, cool, stylish and humorous, but at the same time poignant, sad, insightful and heartbreaking. The story looks deceptively simple on the surface, but there is more to it than meets the eye, because that surface contains hidden depths. Genki Kawamura’s prose is stylish and charming and grabs our attention from the first sentence and doesn’t let go till the last. There is not a single unnecessary sentence, there is no wasted word. I loved most of the characters in the book, including the narrator’s cat Cabbage, who is featured on the cover.

I loved ‘If Cats Disappeared From The World‘. I can’t wait to read more of Genki Kawamura’s books.

I’ll leave you with some of my favourite lines from the book.

“In order to gain something you have to lose something.
Mom said it was just obvious. People are always trying to get something for nothing. But that’s just theft. If you’ve gained something it means that someone, somewhere, has lost something. Even happiness is built on someone else’s misfortune. Mom often told me this, she considered it one of the laws of the universe.”

“Cabbage existed in a world without time. No clocks, no schedules, and no being late. And no such thing as categorizing people according to age or what year they are in school. And no vacations because there’s nothing to have a vacation from in the first place. There’s just the changes brought about by natural phenomena, and our physical response – like when you’re hungry or sleepy.”

“Cats and humans have been partners for over ten thousand years. And what you realize when you’ve lived with a cat for a long time is that we may think we own them, but that’s not the way it is. They simply allow us the pleasure of their company.”

Have you read ‘If Cats Disappeared From The World‘? What do you think about it?

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