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Title: 好小子,喬比!
Language: Chinese
Author:
杏林子
Artist: 閒雲野鶴
Year: 2002

I received this book as a present from my good friend Ruby, because she knew I wanted to read more Chinese, and since she like the book (admittedly when she was younger), perhaps I would to. Generally speaking, reading books in Chinese is almost always good, because even though I sometimes don’t enjoy the story, characters or setting, I’m still learning a lot of Chinese so it feels more worthwhile.

Fortunately, learning Chinese wasn’t the only good thing about this book. The main character is a cat (a fairly special cat since we can follow his thoughts) and his life with two loving and caring humans. Then, one day, he can feel that something is wrong. People are beginning to treat him differently, he hears rumours about him having to leave and so on. It seems like his mistress is going to have baby, a real baby, a human baby. The cat naturally feels sidelined, realising that perhaps what he perceived as love wasn’t the real thing. Dispirited, he decides to leave on his own.

This book is written for children, but the contents are philosophical and serious. After reading the first few chapters, it feels like a no-brainer of a book, but that quickly changes. To be honest, I would be quite scared if I read this boook on my own when I was young, so perhaps in company of parents would be recommended. Reading it as an adult, however, this deeper level and more sad tinge make the book worthwhile. I can’t comment on the language, really, apart from saying that it was well within my capacity (I understood almost everything and never used a dictionary), but I can say that the contents where well worth the time it took reading the book!

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