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The Dog Crusoe and His Master

R. M. Ballantyne

Book Overview: 

This is a story of an adventure involving a young man, his dog, and two friends. Together they wander through the Western prairies on a mission to make peace between the “pale-faces” and the “Red men”. They face many perils and become heroes many times over. This wonderful story takes the characters (and the reader) on an action-packed journey through the Western prairies during the times when relations between the white man and the Natives were not always peaceful.

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Book Excerpt: 
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"A prairie-hen," remarked Joe, as Crusoe laid the
bird at Dick's feet; "capital for supper."

"Ah! dat chien is superb! goot dog. Come here, I
vill clap you."

But Crusoe refused to be caressed. Meanwhile, Joe
and Dick formed a sort of beehive-looking hut by
bending down the stems of a tall bush and thrusting
their points into the ground. Over this they threw the
largest buffalo robe, and placed another on the ground
below it, on which they laid their packs of goods.
These they further secured against wet by placing
several robes over them and a skin of parchment. Then
they sat down on this pile to rest, and consider what
should be done next.

"'Tis a bad look-out," said Joe, shaking his head.

"I fear it is," replied Dick in a melancholy tone.

Henri said nothing, but he sighed deeply on looking
up at the sky, which was now of a uniform watery gray,
while bl. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Loved this book.

I grew up reading Zane Grey. The descriptions in this book reminds me of Grey. Mr. Ballantyne captured my interest from the beginning and held it to the end . I could almost see Crusoe's expressions, and if dogs could talk, I felt Mr. Ballantyne was right on.

When young frontiersman Dick Varley wins a Newfoundland puppy named Crusoe in a shooting contest, he finds himself the best of all possible companions.

Huge like all his breed, trained for two years into a great hunter and swimmer, 'he seemed to prefer a quiet walk with Dick Varley to anything el...more

A beautiful walk in the Western plains of USA. Will give you a feeling that you're walking with Red Indians in 19th century. A perfect thriller featuring tribal fights, the dissimilarities, the cruelness they possess, their habits, etc.
Fantastic plot and accurate detailing... A must read! The im...more

I loved this book, although I have my reservations about how realistic the supercanine intelligence of the Newfoundland may be. But a thundering good read.

The book really is a story of adventure in the early Western prairies not just the dog. Although the dog is fun to read about it is more what it was like to hunt a buffaloes and live at a time the Indians presented a problem and also how the early settlers dealt with them. It touches on things th...more

the best book i ever read in my teen years

This book was written in 1860, and probably set in the 1840's as far as I can tell, and the text reflects 19th-century attitudes toward Native Americans.

Dick Varley is a hunter/trapper/mountain man, who goes out to explore the Rocky Mountains with his dog Crusoe, his horse Charlie, and his frien...more

This was a great book of adventures. Traveling away from home for the first time, visiting different Indian tribes, some friendly, some not so friendly and some outright hostile. Also I liked the description of the nature around and the encounters of the different animals, especially the first en...more

I am exhausted. I have been so busy with Crusoe and his master Dick Varley, you would not believe. A shooting match to get us all together in the first place, a trip out into the Great Plains when they were still GREAT, hunting buffalo, exploring in the Rocky Mountains, storms, Indians, narrow es...more