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Yan and the Pike [Paperback]

Jun Machida , Sophia Poznansky
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4 Sep 2002
A Very Strange Tale About A Cat Who Goes To Tea With A Fish

Yan is a cat.
A cat who does things carefully. Things like making tea, or mushroom soup, or polishing the hinges of his door.
One day, while he is dozing peacefully, there is a knock at the door. He opens it. And there before him, stands a solitary pike.
Charming and surreal by turns, the story of Yan and the Pike is already a bestseller in China, Japan, and Korea. It now appears for the first time in English.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: acorn book company (4 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095342054X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953420544
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 12.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,006,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author and illustrator Jun Machida was born in Tokyo in 1951.
For many years, he ran the Odessa-Istanbul Café in Shibuya, where his charming pictures of ‘Yan’ the cat were first exhibited.
These attracted such attention from his customers that he began writing ‘The Private Papers of Yan’ - and so was born the story of 'Yan and the Pike'.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Special Experience 15 Aug 2008
In style it's close to surrealism. Yan is a cat. He lives on his own in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by grassland. He takes care and, no doubt, great pleasure in doing simple everyday things, like repairing hinges on his door, making tea or mushroom soup. One day he hears a knock on his door. When he reluctantly opens, he sees a pike in front of him. They have a chat and become friends. It's quite mind-blowing as it is, even more so because it seems that Yan is rather fond of the fish soup. The rest of the book is the story of the very unusual relationship between Yan and the pike, and descriptions of Yan's experiences of nature.

The storyline is in fact so harmoniously intertwined with the descriptions of nature that the latter becomes a character in its own right. Towards the end you are so involved with it that a simple reference to the nature makes you tremble. And when you reach the last page and read: `Step by step, as I climbed through the grass, my heart gradually filled with an inexpressible feeling of happiness,' this is exactly how you feel. It's as though you have blended into the narrative, become one of the characters yourself and adopted Yan's experiences as your own.

It's not a book. It's a therapy. You almost miss the moment when you drift away, and when you come round you're already in another world. A world where simple things acquire almost epic significance, where the pace is slow and there's no need to rush, because there's nowhere to rush. You don't have to feel guilty for wasting your time and underachieving things. Just enjoy the world around you, relax and drift with the flow. This world is incompatible with deterioration and death. Therefore there can be no questions like `what is this for?
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling gem in a dusty library 28 April 2003
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A mirror for philosophical minds
a bliss for poetical kinds
a hearth for heartfelt talks
a caress for the intuitive walks
a simplicity for restless eyes
a delicacy for the gastronomical guys
an uplift for the downtrodden
and a soul for the 'unshodden'.
Please, spoon up and TASTE !!
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