The Dog Who Dared to Dream is a lovely book that felt less about linear plot and more about the allegory. The story of Scraggly the dog who dreams of a life outside of her yard with her family.
There was a lot of story packed into such a little book (I read it in the bath to give you an idea of how slim it is) and I loved the way Sun-mi Hwang brings an animal character to life. Scraggly is tenacious and loving, fights for her family and remains loyal to the old man who owns her yard.
It felt like the kind of allegorical story that other have tried to achieved and failed. It wasn’t an obvious reference to an event a la Animal Farm, it was more representative of values of family, motherhood and social standing. I immediately ordered Sun-mi Hwang’s other novel (which I did read this week) and I really want to read more.