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Original Title in Japanese: Ie-naki Ko
From the novel Nobodys Boy by Hector Malot
Always go forward, never lose your hopes and you will reach happiness
About a hundred years ago in a small French village of Chavanon, an eight-year-old boy named Remi lived happily with his family even though they were very poor. One day, his father, Jerome, reveals to Remi that he was actually found abandoned as a baby and is not his real son. Now, the hard and painful life the family is living leaves Jerome no choice but to sell Remi to old Vitalis, the leader of an ambulant troupe of entertainers. Frightened at first, Remi soon finds the old man very friendly, though quite strict, and the life of an entertainer, traveling together with Capi, Dolce, Zerbino, the three dogs and Joli Coeur, the monkey, remarkably interesting.
All along his journey, protected by the affection of warmhearted Vitalis, he learns many things about life: true friendship he strikes up with Mattia, a fellow traveler and a young and talented violinist; bravery which enables him to face the harsh realities of the world; sadness when he loses his animal companions and, most of all, faithfulness towards the old man who always supports him. However, despite adverse circumstances, he never loses his optimism and hope. This is rewarded when he finally meets his real mother, Mrs. Milligan, a beautiful, elegant and wealthy lady, and starts a new life.
The author of the original story, Hector Malot, is said to have written this novel to enlighten children about the situation in France in those days. This work, published in 1878, proved to be much more than an educational tool that he had intended. It instantly became famous as one of the finest master-pieces in French literary history.