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5.0 out of 5 stars Biting satire, 4 Aug. 2011
This review is from: A Dog's Heart: An Appalling Story (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
A stray dog is scalded by boiling water thrown by an angry cook in the middle of Moscow. He waits to die, but is found and fed by a pre eminent surgeon who takes him back to his own flat. The dog is named Sharik, and quickly finds himself a 'gentleman's dog'. Once he has fully recovered the the surgeon implants a pituitary gland and testicles from an alcoholic criminal. Thus Sharik slowly becomes Sharikov. Sadly for the surgeon and his assistant, Sharikov is not exactly the breakthrough they had imagined, refusing to learn manners or behave as they wish. Events come to a head one night when the lights in the apartment are on for many hours after dark...

I love this book and feel it is something of an ignored masterpiece. Much like `Animal farm' it can be read as straight forward fiction (magical realism) and works well as such. On the other hand it can be read as stinging social satire of Communist aspirations to create a new kind of person, and perhaps more widely on eugenics movements as a whole. As in the author's other works (and indeed many Russian writers of the time), names are very important.

I have seen other reviews commenting that the plot is rather thin, but I find it to be so full of ideas and nuanced that the relatively simple plot is not an issue. It opens and closes written from the point of view of the dog, with a more 3rd person narrative in the middle which allows for a real build of tension as the reader has to piece together what has occurred and draw their own conclusions.

Be aware that this is a novella rather than a full length work like `The Master and Margarita'.

Highly recommended.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 26 May 2009
This review is from: A Dog's Heart: An Appalling Story (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
i absolutely loved every word of this book. if you love metaphorical writing, philosphy, satire, politics and an author with a very distinctive and succinct voice and pointed humour buy it and cherish it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Jan. 2015
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Just brilliant.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, 7 Oct. 2009
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Bulgakov is one of my faviorate authors and this is one of his best books. All round a great story well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 16 Jun. 2013
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delivery was perfect I got the book before due day. I was extremely happy with this product and it was extremely affordable. Huge thumbs up :)
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A Dog's Heart: An Appalling Story (Penguin Classics) by Mikhail Bulgakov (Paperback - 6 Sept. 2007)
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