The Dog by Kerstin Ekman

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In the heart of the tranquil countryside, a young puppy leaves his home to eagerly follow his mother and master. But away from the safe haven of the farm, the puppy soon becomes lost and is left to struggle for survival in the wild. Suddenly, he must find food and a safe place to sleep, and outwit his competitor, the fox. The puppy becomes wild himself, trusting no human and furiously fighting the hunting dogs that enter his domain.

But one man is intrigued by the now-unruly dog and very slowly begins to gain his trust. Each day he visits the dog, bringing food and awakening memories of his distant domestic past. The lost relationship between man and dog is rebuilt in this sensitive and intelligent story about the true nature of trust and friendship.


About Kerstin Ekman

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Kerstin Ekman is one of Sweden's most prominent fiction writers and the winner of many literary awards. Her titles include Blackwater, The Forest of Hours, God's Mercy, and Under the Snow.
Published February 5, 2009 by Virago. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Told from the perspective of an errant gray puppy, this lovely novel, published as Hunden in Sweden in 1986, is a quietly wrenching account of the life of a dog and his bond with an isolated woodsman in a relationship of mythical proportions.

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Summary: A classic story of the development of a bond between a man and a wild dog - beautifully told with no sentimentality and highly recommended.

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Lancashire Evening Post

Swedish novelist Kerstin Ekman makes a foray into the wilderness with this touching tale of the unique bond between a man and his dog...

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