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Dog Man 
An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain

by Martha Sherrill
 
The story of how one man's consuming passion for dogs saved a legendary breed from extinction and led him to a difficult, more soulful way of life in the wilds of Japan's remote snow country

Martha Sherrill introduces us to a world that Americans know very little about -- the snow country of Japan during World War II. In a mountain village, we meet Morie Sawataishi, a fierce individualist who has chosen to break the law by keeping an Akita dog hidden in a shed on his property.

During the war, the magnificent and intensely loyal Japanese hunting dogs are donated to help the war effort, eaten, or used to make fur vests for the military. By the time of the Japanese surrender in 1945, there are only sixteen Akitas left in the country. The survival of the breed becomes Morie's passion and life, almost a spiritual calling.

In beautiful prose that is a joy to read, Martha Sherrill opens up the world of the Dog Man and his wife, providing a profound look at what it is to be an individualist in a culture that reveres conformity -- and what it means to live life in one's own way, while expertly revealing Japan and Japanese culture as we've never seen it before.



Dog Man
Dog Man
An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain
by Martha Sherrill

Penguin Press, 2008
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