THE Dog Who Dared To Dream is the latest release from South Korean author Sun-Mi Hwang, most famous for her bestseller The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly.
As its similar titles suggest, this new release is something of a sister novel to its predecessor in terms of its animal- focused narrative.
The protagonist is a dishevelled puppy named Scraggly who captures the affection of her owner who is rearing dogs to be sold.
A series of heartbreaking events that litter Scraggly’s life lead her to dream of life outside the boundaries of her home, and propel her to act boldly and without fear.
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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