Dog Boy

Hornung, Eva

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dog Boy
A four-year-old boy named Romochka is abandoned by his mother and uncle and left to fend for himself on the streets of Moscow, with uncounted millions of homeless children and adults. He follows a stray dog to its home in a deserted church celler. There he joins Mamochka, the mother of the pack, and six other dogs and slowly he forgets his human attributes to survive two fiercely cold winters. Romochka attracts the attention of local police, street urchins, and finally, scientists.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 0670021490
Characteristics: 293 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jun 14, 2012
  • SchoolCorps1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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."

Aug 31, 2011
  • ltrout rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • Dalala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Definitely the most memorable book I read in 2010.

Feb 16, 2011
  • steveh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jan 13, 2011

Loved it

Jul 27, 2010
  • kathleenwyatt rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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