The guest cat by Takashi Hiraide

By Takashi Hiraide

The visitor Cat is a subtly relocating novel that conveys deeply felt methods of being. writers, a tender couple, take pleasure in their quiet cottage in a leafy a part of Tokyo: they do business from home as freelance editors. someday a cat invitations herself into their small kitchen. She is a gorgeous creature. she leaves, yet comes back, after which repeatedly. New, small joys, radiated through the fleeting loveliness of existence, accompany the Read more...

summary: The visitor Cat is a subtly relocating novel that conveys deeply felt methods of being. writers, a tender couple, get pleasure from their quiet cottage in a leafy a part of Tokyo: they make money working from home as freelance editors. someday a cat invitations herself into their small kitchen. She is a gorgeous creature. she leaves, yet comes back, after which repeatedly. New, small joys, radiated through the fleeting loveliness of existence, accompany the cat; the times tackle extra gentle and colour

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Our lease stated clearly that no children or pets were allowed, but then one day the landlady told my wife that she was sorry she had worded it that way. Apparently, the elderly couple had simply wanted some peace and quiet. But their quiet life changed when the old man became older and weaker, and lay bedridden in the Western-style bedroom on the west side of the house, and then the landlady took on the burden of all the sundry chores of the entire estate until it was more than she could handle.

A group of high school students in their navy blue school uniforms passed by, looking back over their shoulders. The old lady, carrying only a small handbag, stoically greeted each of the neighbors who had come to see her off. Then the kerosene delivery man, who was normally seen only coming and going as he sold his wares, drove up in his private car to give her a lift. The old lady climbed into the front seat next to the driver, an expression of restraint showing on her face as she did her best to fight back her emotions.

There was also a black bicolored cat, more a combination of India ink and a muddy color than burnt rust — an old alley cat who had managed to infiltrate the property. We heard that this cat would sneak into houses when people were gone if a sliding door was left open even a crack. My wife affectionately called her Mrs. Muddy. Our lease stated clearly that no children or pets were allowed, but then one day the landlady told my wife that she was sorry she had worded it that way. Apparently, the elderly couple had simply wanted some peace and quiet.

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