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"At ordinary times, most human beings are wearisomely ordinary; depressingly banal in appearance and deadly boring in their conversation. However, at certain moments, by some peculiar, almost supernatural, process their normal triviality can be transformed into something so weird and wonderful that no feline scholar of their species can afford to miss any occasion when that transformation seems likely to take place."

Natsume Soseki in I Am a Cat

Originally Published Jan. 1, 1906

Paperback edition:

470 pages - Sept. 1, 2001