Thursday, April 2, 2009
Title: Dog Man
By: Martha Sherrill
A patron highly recommended this book, which I found fascinating. The author describes the lifework of a Japanese man who has been part of the decades-long effort to bring back the Akita breed of dog in Japan. During the Second World War, many dogs were sacrificed for food and clothing. At the end of the war there were only 16 Akitas left in all of Japan. This biography gives an intimate recounting of Morie Sawataishi's dedicated work in breeding and training his dogs in the snow country, the mountains of northern Japan. He followed an unusual path in a country known for conformity. Author Martha Sherrill writes with grace and has created a sensitive and insightful portrait of Morie and his family.
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