Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain (Paperback)

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    Morie Sawataishi lives a life that is radically unconventional by any standard but almost absurd in blatantly conformist Japan. Journalist Martha Sherrill provides a profound look at what it takes to be an individualist in a culture where rebels are ra...

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    Martha Sherrill is a former Washington Post staff writer known for her penetrating profiles of people, both famous and obscure. Her award-winning writing has appeared in Esquire and Vanity Fair, among other publications. She is the author of The Buddha from Brooklyn, a work of nonfiction, and two novels, My Last Movie Star and The Ruins of California. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son.

    Morie Sawataishi lives a life that is radically unconventional by any standard but almost absurd in blatantly conformist Japan. Journalist Martha Sherrill provides a profound look at what it takes to be an individualist in a culture where rebels are rare. After the Japanese surrender in 1945, there were only sixteen Akita dogs left in the country. The magnificent hunting dogs had been donated to help in the war effort, or had been eaten, and their pelts used by the military to line the winter coats of the soldiers. Morie became obsessed with preventing the extinction of the breed, and he did it in a very un-Japanese way: defying convention, breaking the law, giving up the opportunity to hold prestigious engineering jobs in Tokyo, and choosing instead to take his new wife, Kitako--a sheltered sophisticate from Tokyo--to Japan's forbidding snow country to start a family.--From publisher description.

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    ISBN 9781594483905
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers
    Format Paperback
    Pages 237
    Publisher Date 2009-08-04 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Riverhead Books
    Copyright Year 2009
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.5 in
    Unit weight 0.6 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Sherrill, Martha

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