Hwang packs a big punch in this slim book. It’s absolutely beautiful and tragic and perfect.
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. – Goodreads
The Dog Who Dared to Dream is a very quick read, and is the kind of story that sticks with you long after you’ve read the last page. Told from the dog’s point of view, the language used is plain and straightforward – and quite touching even in it’s simplicity. Scraggly’s life is far from easy, and she experiences pain and heartache a lot in her short years. The world Hwang has created is raw, where hunger, violence and loss are not glossed over with fluffy language. It definitely isn’t appropriate for younger readers. And if you are a dog lover, be prepared to shed a few tears over Scraggly and her pups.
This review makes the book sound really glum! But it’s actually a beautiful story and I would share it with anyone looking for a good read. Hwang has written another story called The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly and I’m definitely interested in reading it as well.