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Title:
Dog boy : a novel
Title:
Dog boy : a novel
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Publisher Info:
New York : Viking, 2010.
Physical Description:
293 pages ; 22 cm.
Abstract:
Hornung offers a gripping novel featuring an abandoned four-year-old who survives desertion when he is adopted into a feral dog clan. The book?s complex structure encompasses characters and setting. Characterizations are rendered with compassion and detail. And the setting is developed with great skill?gradually broadening from the claustrophobic dog den to the ramshackle village that abuts it and into the greater city of Moscow. The plot hinges on survival?of the boy and the dogs, who are stalked by other dogs, by the poor and brutal people among whom they live, and by the military who are charged with ridding Moscow of homeless people and exterminating feral dogs. The lyrical and concrete language is carefully chosen and composed for impact. Reactions to the climax and resolution will vary: The shocking brutality will seem either tragic or redemptive or both. Hornung?s contrasting the loving behavior of the dogs to that of faithless and brutal people provokes a comparison that questions the definition of humanity. -- review by Ellen Loughran

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HORNUNG, E. Adult Fiction Book
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