So far I can say this book is very much a satire. A few of the funny bits have gone over my head and it takes me a moment to really get the joke sometimes This is very much academic humor. With some obscure references (for me, probably not so much for experts on 1900's Japan). If you find the stupid things smart people do to look smart in the eyes of other smart people then you will find the humor in this book agreeable. The cat sees these things and reports it in very dry, often condescending manner.