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Book Review: If cats disappeared from the world by Genki Kawamura

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What would you sacrifice for an extra day of life?

These words on the back of If cats disappeared from the world, along with the cover, grabbed me. When a thirty-year-old man is told he has a terminal brain tumour, he realises he still has a lot he wants to do in life. Imagine his surprise when he is approached by The Devil. The Devil is willing to make a deal with him. The man can gain an extra day of life in exchange for The Devil making one item disappear from the world. What could go wrong, right? The man agrees because of course, there are so many things in this world we live in that are practically useless. But when he makes the deal with The Devil, not once does it cross his mind that The Devil could make his cat, Cabbage disappear.

There is no way I can review this book in a manner that does it justice. Kawamura explores our fear of death in the most intriguing manner ever – the things we are willing to sacrifice to live just that extra minute, hour, or day. He makes us question whether our lives are truly more important than some of these other things in the world. He makes you ponder on all the things you have done and haven’t done in life especially because, for most of us, we won’t know when we are going to die. Ultimately, he makes you question what is important in life.

I loved, loved, loved this book and was so glad to start the year with it. I finished it in one day and while it made me think about my life, it also made me laugh and weep. It tugged at my heartstrings. It probably spoke to me more because death has been a concept on my mind in the last few months. Not in a morbid way but more in an existential way. And this book spoke to that existential overthinker part of me. The language is sparse and beautiful. Even with a far-fetched idea of The Devil making a deal with a man, it was grounded enough to make you care than think it as something ridiculous.

I’d like to end with just one of the million quotes I loved from this book:

We all die eventually, anyway, both humans and cats. Once you understand and accept that, it’s OK.

It is our fear of death that stops us living life and sometimes, loving and connecting. If we learnt to accept it, we’d be less afraid and more inclined to live life. As for regrets? We are all going to have something we regret because life isn’t long enough to do everything we want. I highly recommend you read this thought-provoking book!

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Where to find the book:

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***Read and reviewed for Book Challenge by Erin 10.0 and the 2019 Write Tribe Reading Challenge***

Until next time,

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  • Shalzmojo
    8 January 2019 at 6:08 pm

    The title of this book has been tantalising me ever since I have seen it on your social feed. And the review is superb and this has been added. Now to figure out how to get it as I am on a no-book buying pact!!

    Thanks for a lovely add to my TBR – shall check it out on Kindle/audible type websites!!! 🙂
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  • Jini Maxin
    8 January 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Beautifully worded review! Hope to grab this book someday!

  • Rajlakshmi
    9 January 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Your review itself is so thoughtful and beautifully written. Loved the title of the book too. Hope I get to read it this year.
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  • Damyanti
    11 January 2019 at 2:19 pm

    This is going to my TBR! Death has always intrigued me and I try and read up any books that deal with it.

  • Rachna Parmar
    11 January 2019 at 5:54 pm

    The title is super intriguing and going by your review, the books seems quite good. Let me add it to my TBR.

  • Shalini R
    13 January 2019 at 5:19 am

    Oh my God, I want to read this book right away! Thanks for a fab review. Checking Amazon for the price, I am on a book ban, you see 😛
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