The Dog Master

The Dog Master

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"Thirty-thousand years ago, the fate of humanity rested on our ability to adapt to the last great glaciation, when ice stormed out of the north and forced us out of the trees and onto the steppes, where we were both hunter and hunted. Wolves, too, whose fortunes rise and fall with the health of the herds, could sense something different in the wind. When Silex, the young leader of the Wolfen tribe, brings tribute to a clever she-wolf, everything changes. The alpha wolf learns that in times of famine she can turn to man for food, a lesson passed on to her descendants."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765374639
9780765374646
9160765374684
Branch Call Number: FIC Camer
Characteristics: 416 pages : map ; 25 cm

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dan415
Oct 27, 2017

How was the first dog domesticated?
Paleoanthropologists used to think that wolves and humans grew together gradually. Over a long period of time some wolves got along with humans and the wolves turned into dogs. But the latest theory says No, it didn’t happen that way. Instead, paleoanthropologists, using DNA analysis, assert that about 30,000 years ago, there must have been a moment in time where one human and one wolf learned to get along and that wolf became the first dog.
What circumstances might have occurred so that man/woman and that dog were bonded? This book suggests a plausible way that that moment might have happened. Additionally, the story realistically enlivens at least four different possible stone-age cultures which may have existed then. If you are interested in paleoanthropology and the essence of human culture, you will love this book.
When I started to read the book at first I was confused by all the storylines and time mixes. But after about a third of the way through, I couldn’t put it down.

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DeltaQueen50
Feb 01, 2016

The Dog Master was the perfect story for me right now, a great adventure read that expanded my horizons at a time when I am mostly housebound and for that it get’s my highest rating.

cmlibrary_anickerson Jan 31, 2016

An ambitious but unsatisfying story about the "first dog". As a dyed in the wool dog lover I expected more than a romantic novel about early man.

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Jenkskitten
Oct 14, 2015

I too was so caught up in the book that I could hardly lay it down. It has several story lines consisting of the wolf pack, and 3 lines of prehistoric humans and their interactions to one another. The author details their everyday lives as they struggle for survival, their basic needs and relationships with one another. The question is however who is the dog master, the dog or the man? I did not sense a coming conclusion as luminea did in their comment of Aug. 15.

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BetsyBurns
May 04, 2016

BetsyBurns thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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