Stargazing Dog

Stargazing Dog

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by Takashi Murakami
     
 

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Translated from the Japanese bestseller, this story centers on Oto-san, a man who finds himself abandoned by his family and friends with nothing in his life happening the way he had planned. He embarks on a road trip to escape it all, and he soon discovers the only one he can count on completely is his faithful, recently adopted dog, who helps him see the light at

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Translated from the Japanese bestseller, this story centers on Oto-san, a man who finds himself abandoned by his family and friends with nothing in his life happening the way he had planned. He embarks on a road trip to escape it all, and he soon discovers the only one he can count on completely is his faithful, recently adopted dog, who helps him see the light at the end of the tunnel. Illustrating the valuable lessons of friendship and loyalty, this is a heartwarming tale of two endearing characters and their shared adventure into the unknown.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this heart-wrenching literary manga winner of several awards in Japan a pathetic middle-aged man goes on an ill-fated road trip with his dog, as told from the dog’s point of view. In the second half, a not-quite-as-pathetic middle-aged social worker investigates their fate. Just when it seems the story couldn’t get any more heart-breaking, the social worker remembers his childhood pet dog with deep regrets. The unnamed, unemployed protagonist seems to be a victim of the deep recession(s) of our times. A divorce follows his job loss, and he pawns most of his belongings for the dog’s veterinary bill. Murakami not to be confused with the Superflat artist of the same name draws detailed, naturalistic background art reminiscent of Jiro Taniguchi (Walking Man), only grittier. The short book offers some profound insight on the human condition (by way of the canine condition) without being too sweet or sappy although naming the dog “Happiness” is heavy-handed. The choice to tell the first story from the dog’s point of view is borderline saccharine, but without all the cute dogs, this book might be unbearable. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"Murakami knows he has a powerful central image in this happy, ignorant mutt and the desperate man who loves him, and so he stands back from it just enough to let it work on the reader, never pushing the story too far to the maudlin." —www.AVClub.com (November 2011)

"Reading this graphic novel is the emotional equivalent to listening to NPR's StoryCorps—moving, beautiful, and ultimately heart-wrenching." —Booklist (December 15, 2011)

"Anyone who's ever loved a pet will be moved to tears by the tale of human misfortune and the unwavering dedication of dogs that unfolds in Murakami's graphic novel." —Modern Dog (March 2012)

"Charming and universally appealing." —New City (February 2012) 

"Did I mention the book will break your heart, yet? So it's really up to you if you want to spend a half hour of your life reading a book like that. I'm glad I did, because it's a memorable book that doesn't harp on politics or society as a whole. I'm a softie for this book, completely." —www.ComicBookResources.com

"Here are some cool reads featuring awesome canines that will help take your mind off the sweltering temperatures." —www.yalsa.ala.org

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561636129
Publisher:
N B M Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
726,061
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Takashi Murakami is a renowned humor manga artist in Japan.

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Stargazing Dog 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
arcade_veteran70 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this graphic novel. Dog owners will certainly identify with the bond between the main character. But, it's the unbreakable bond of loyalty between the main character and his dog that really struck me.