Dog Boy

Dog Boy

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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Romochka is four years old, abandoned by his family and left alone in a condemned building. Driven onto the Moscow streets by cold and hunger, he finds refuge with a pack of feral dogs and is suckled by their leader, Matushka, through the terrible winter. While struggling to survive with Matushka and the others he learns what it takes to be a dog in a loving clan. But Romochka is a boy, and the tension between his dog self and his boy self increases as he grows. Gradually he starts to explore the world of humans, unaware that the greatest danger of all could be from people, whether it be skinhead gangs, militzia, bomzh or a well-meaning scientist and his partner.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, HarperCollins Canada,, 2010
ISBN: 9781443400367
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Characteristics: 1 online resource


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SchoolCorps1 Jun 14, 2012

Romochka, at 4 years old, has been exposed to humans and language. When his family abandons him during Perestroika, he's taken in by a wild pack of dogs. He learns dog skills, is nursed by a mother dog and when he lacks dog skills, he uses his human wits to bring food back and contribute to his canine family.
But then scientists begin following the wild dogs. Much of what they plan to do are things you would agree to, as a human. But the brilliance of this book is how subtly it changes your thoughts to be more in tune with animals; to discover the word "humane" doesn't necessarily relate to humans at all.
This is a book that will resonate with you long after you finish it, and the ending has as much integrity as the whole tale. NOTE: The story is based on a real boy in Russia, who though raised by dogs, successfully returned to human life. though he admitted he still occasionally dreams in "dog."

ltrout Aug 31, 2011

This is not something I typically would read, but it was an excellent book. Made me think about so many things, but mostly that we are connected to our world in ways we don't recognize.

Feb 24, 2011

Definitely the most memorable book I read in 2010.

Feb 16, 2011

This one made me think, and stayed with me for days after reading. Highly recommended

Jan 13, 2011

Loved it

Jul 27, 2010

this book is for dog lovers, but more importantly for humanists who recognize the power of a novel to change the way we think.

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