Dogsong Study Guide

Dogsong

Dogsong by Gary Paulsen

Inspired by the Eskimo shaman Oogruk, Russel Susskit takes a dog team and sled to escape the modern ways of his village and to find his own "song" of himself. He travels across ice floes, tundra, and mountains, haunted along the way by a dream of a long-ago self whose adventures parallel his own.

Reality melds with the dream when he finds an Eskimo girl named Nancy, who has run away from her village after becoming pregnant. Circumstances require him to provide for himself and the girl in a harsh and unforgiving land.

Russel sets out looking for food, for Nancy and himself, after Nancy gives birth to a baby. On the mission Russel is starved, but brings enough food back from the hunt for him and Nancy to survive.

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