Dog lovers, you are in for a treat today! Seishū Hase’s “The Boy and the Dog” is finally available in English in Kinokuniya, MPH, Popular and other bookstores thanks to the help of literary translator and long-time resident of Japan, Alison Watts.
("The Boy and the Dog" has a 3.97/5⭐️ rating on Goodreads!)
In the first chapter of the book, after a devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, a young factory worker finds a stray dog outside a convenience store with a tag that says “Tamon”. The tale continues with six episodic narratives of Tamon’s journey of living with five temporary owners until he finds the love of his life — his very first owner before the disaster hits.
From a delivery man to a hunter, Tamon connects with each of his temporary owners in ways they cannot have imagined. It poses an innocent question to readers, “Can a guardian angel be in the form of a dog?” and allows them to find out gradually through following his pawsteps. And if you are a dog owner yourself or you have had a special relationship with a dog, you will know that they come into your life for a reason.
This book definitely tugs at your heart because it is sentimental, gripping and heartbreaking. It explores a deep perspective on people’s lives after a natural disaster and how Tamon the dog brings them back to reality through his ability to bond with humans and touch them — arriving at a time where these people need him the most.
So, don’t forget to grab some tissues if you are a sucker for canines, otherwise you will drown in tears by the end of the book. All in all, “The Boy and the Dog” is strongly recommended to any animal or dog lover!