ABOUT THE BOOK
A wise old dog travels through the courts and battlefields of Europe and through the centuries in search of the master who granted him immortality
“Ornate, vivid, deeply colored, and so precise I could smell and taste the worldâ€¦ The story of a dog crossing continents and centuries in search of the man he loves is moving and tender. I was captivated by its charm from the beginning.” —Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Tomorrow tells the story of a 217-year-old dog and his search for his lost master. His adventures take him through the London Frost Fair, the strange court of King Charles I, the wars of the Spanish succession, Versailles, the golden age of Amsterdam and to nineteenth-century Venice. As he journeys through Europe, he befriends both animals and humans, falls in love (only once), marvels at the human ability to make music, despairs at their capacity for war and gains insight into both the strength and frailties of the human spirit.
With the rich historical vision of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrelland the captivating canine perspective of A Dog’s Purpose, Tomorrow draws us into a unique century-spanning tale of the unbreakable connection between dog and human.
Published by Michael Joseph
Hardcover pages – 320
Tomorrow is a dog! And he’s your narrator throughout this truly unique and imaginative historical book. And he also happens to be 217 years old! So there’s a lot of stories to tell as he takes you through his life and his quest to track down his beloved master once more, after he goes missing when they’re at a cathedral.
I loved the idea of this book and found it to be a very intriguing read, even if sometimes it did fall a little flat for me. There’s a lot of jumping around time wise and that is dealt with quite well, but I often found some of the timelines a little pointless and distracting from that bond between dog and master.
It was fascinating to view history in this way, through the eyes of Tomorrow – lots of time spent in Venice, The English Civil War, Waterloo to name a few – and this was often graphic and quite horrifying as he tried to make sense of what he saw humans doing to each other. He’s a very perceptive character and you can’t help but feel touched by the lengths he goes to in trying to reconnect with his master, and the fact that he helps other dogs along the way and becomes quite close to some!
If you are looking for a book that offers something a little different then I highly recommend this as it is a story that is truly original! The striking cover is also worth checking out!!