Dog Boy

Dog Boy

A Novel

Book - 2010
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A vivid, riveting novel about an abandoned boy who takes up with a pack of feral dogs

Two million children roam the streets in late twentieth-century Moscow. A four-year-old boy named Romochka, abandoned by his mother and uncle, is left to fend for himself. Curious, he follows a stray dog to its home in an abandoned church cellar on the city's outskirts. Romochka makes himself at home with Mamochka, the mother of the pack, and six other dogs as he slowly abandons his human attributes to survive two fiercely cold winters. Able to pass as either boy or dog, Romochka develops his own moral code. As the pack starts to prey on people for food with Romochka's help, he attracts the attention of local police and scientists. His future, and the pack's, will depend on his ability to remain free, but the outside world begins to close in on him as the novel reaches its gripping conclusion.

In this taut and emotionally convincing narrative, Eva Hornung explores universal themes of the human condition: the importance of home, what it means to belong to a family, the consequences of exclusion, and what our animal nature can teach us about survival.



Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010.
ISBN: 9780670021499
0670021490
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 22 cm.

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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.

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Dalala
Feb 24, 2011

Definitely the most memorable book I read in 2010.

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steveh
Feb 16, 2011

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

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COLJLib2
Jan 13, 2011

Loved it

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kathleenwyatt
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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