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.
Much better than all his others works I've read. As good as Jean Auel's Earth's Children series (Clan of the Cave Bear, etc.).
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.
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.
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.
The first thing I have to say is I couldn't put this book down. I genuinely cared about the characters and wanted to know what would happen next--which frustrated me when I realized that the "dog master" part of the story was really only beginning at the end of the book and I would have to wait for a sequel. I guess I can forgive the author for that. ;) I understand that he intended to portray our ancient ancestors as people just as complex and intelligent as us, but I found it a bit presumptuous when I had to look up several words in the dictionary that I have never heard--and I believe I have a broad vocabulary. Overall I quite liked the story and will wait impatiently for the conclusion in the next book.
For fans of The Clan Bear
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