By Natsume S?seki
Written over the process 1904-6, Soseki's comedian masterpiece, i'm a Cat, satirizes the follies of upper-middle-class eastern society in the course of the Meiji period. With acerbic wit and sardonic viewpoint, it follows the whimsical adventures of a world-weary stray kitten who reviews at the follies and foibles of the folk round him.
The New Yorker referred to as it "a nonchalant string of anecdotes and wisecracks, instructed through a fellow who doesn't have a reputation, and hasn't ever stuck a mouse, and isn't a lot sturdy for whatever other than observing people in action..."
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