The Dog Master

The Dog Master

Book - 2015
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"Set against the most dramatic time in our species' history, The Dog Master tells the story of one tribe's struggle for survival and one extraordinary man's bond with a wolf-a friendship that changed mankind forever... Thirty thousand years ago, ice was storming the planet. Among the species forced out of the trees and onto the steppes by the advancing cold was modern man, who was both predator and prey. No stranger to the experiences that make us human-a mother's love and a father's betrayal, tribal war and increasing famine, political intrigue and forbidden love, joy and hope and devastating loss-our ancestors competed for scant resources in a brutal landscape. Mankind stood on the cold brink of extinction...but they had a unique advantage over other species, a new technology-domesticated wolves. Only a set of extraordinary circumstances could have transformed one of these fierce creatures into a hunting companion, a bodyguard, a solider, and a friend. The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron is an evocative glimpse of prehistory, an emotional coming of age saga, a thrilling tale of survival against all odds, and the exciting, imaginative story of the first dog"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765374639
Branch Call Number: Fiction Cam
Characteristics: 416 pages : map ; 25 cm


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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.

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.

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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