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The Dog Who Dared to Dream (edition 2016)

by Sun-Mi Hwang (Author)

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Title:The Dog Who Dared to Dream
Authors:Sun-Mi Hwang (Author)
Info:Abacus (2016), 176 pages
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The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Sun-mi Hwang

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Sun-Mi Huang’s The Dog Who Dared To Dream is a deceptively simple story of a small dog’s life, told through sweetly self-contained chapters, where the world and its machinations are seen through a combination of the dogs’ eyes, a wise cat’s pronouncements, and an omniscient narrator’s detachment. Each chapter is beautifully titled. Occasional tiny illustrations show the growth of tree and pets, adding enticingly to a storyline whose internal urgency makes even the simplest thing oddly compelling.

Offering a stunningly evocative description of Korean culture and village life, while keeping the world small and self-contained, The Dog Who Dared To Dream is a gently haunting read of sickness, health, relationships animal and human, trust and hope. The ending has a breathless timelessness that is both unexpected and natural, like the growth of a tree or the life of a pet. Not a children’s book, this is more a cultural fable for animal lovers, and I loved it.

Disclosure: I bought it for the title and the cover, and I really enjoyed it. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Sep 2, 2016 |
It’s an endearingly simplistic story that reflects the modesty and spirit of Hwang’s own upbringing in South Korea.

Within the confines of a small garden, themes of friendship, motherhood, and betrayal are examined. Whilst the narrative is not particularly daring and felt a little insubstantial at times, it is overall a poignant, hopeful, and charming read.
 
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This is the story of a dog named Scraggly. Born an outsider because of her distinctive appearance, she spends most of her days in the sun-filled yard of her owner's house. Scraggly has dreams and aspirations just like the rest of us. But each winter, dark clouds descend and Scraggly is faced with challenges that she must overcome. Through the clouds and even beyond the gates of her owner's yard lies the possibility of friendship, motherhood and happiness - they are for the taking if Scraggly can just hold on to them, bring them home and build the life she so desperately desires.

The Dog Who Dared to Dream is a wise tale of the relationship between dog and man, as well as a celebration of a life lived with courage. Translated into English for the first time, it is a classic from Sun-mi Hwang, an international bestselling author.

(retrieved from Amazon Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:31:30 -0400)

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