Stargazing Dog 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 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.

About Takashi Murakami

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Takashi Murakami is a renowned humor manga artist in Japan.
Published November 1, 2011 by NBM Publishing. 128 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels.

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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.

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From its very opening — police find a junked out vehicle with two bodies, a long-dead male and a more recently deceased dog — you know that Takashi Murakami's Stargazing Dog (NBM) is going to end on a melancholy note.

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Portland Book Review

It then backtracks to show us how they ended up there, and then shoots ahead as a social worker investigates their deaths, while looking at how he treated his own dog and how their deaths impact his life.

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Curled Up Kids

For a while, Miku plays with Happie, and sometimes Mom feeds Happie, but Happie realizes that “it’s always Daddy who takes me for a walk.” Even when things change for Daddy—his family is disintegrating around him, he loses his job, his health is failing and he is penniless—Daddy never forsakes hi...

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