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The Heart of a Dog

I just finished reading, The Heart of a Dog, by Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov published by Vintage Books and translated from the Russian by Michael Glenny. It’s a acerbic satirical comedy but it is also an insight into the Russian Revolution, communism, and how the bourgeoisie ideals collide with the proletarians ideals. As a dog lover I wasn’t too fussed on the experiments, however the stray dog ,Sharik, and his conversion by the proletariat, shows their misguided attempts to produce the ideal of the modern soviet man. Sharik wins his way into your heart . He is loveable, even though he is a disturbing character. He has a phobia about cats. He is disruptive, rude, messy, and a terrible dresser. I am sure you will enjoy reading this book. It’s quirky but has a deeper message. All I wanted for him was to have a safe, happy, comfortable home. sigh!

Cover of "The Heart of a Dog"

Cover of The Heart of a Dog

12 comments on “The Heart of a Dog

  1. boomiebol
    May 27, 2012

    So many books, so little time *sigh*

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  2. thesubterraneanworld
    May 27, 2012

    I so want to tame a Great Dane but I am too afraid to do that! I hope I get the courage to work on my obsession some day! LOL
    Blessings;
    -Naima.

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    • judysp
      May 27, 2012

      Hi Naima, how are you today? I just wrote a reply to you and I lost it GRR!
      What I said was Great Dane’s are usually very gentle dogs, big babies really. I love them. Unfortunately they don’t live a long time around 7 years whereas little dogs seem to live to 14 – 16 years. Do you have one or are you thinking of buying one? cheers Judy

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      • thesubterraneanworld
        May 27, 2012

        No issues Judy, thank you for writing another one, love you for that 🙂
        Oh my goodness! I can’t see my pets dying so after 7 years if it is gonna die, I know I will go through a mental torture! Any ways, I never had a dog just because I am too scared to have any. the only dog I like is GREAT DANE cause as you mentioned it is like a BIG BABY!!!
        I hope I could get through him one day but this 7 year life will big me all the time now! Which dog do you have Judy?
        -Naima.

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      • judysp
        May 27, 2012

        I have a white west highland terrier Harry, (7 years old) and a blue cattle dog , Clarke, who is crossed with a poodle. He is 13 years old. Clarke was dumped down the end of my street when he was 6 weeks old and the vet said he wouldn’t live through the night. I stayed up all night feeding the poor little thing with a eyedropper and he survived. He is so gentle and loving. He has cataracts now and has just had a big operation for cancer.
        Don’t let the Great Dane’s life worry you. They can live longer than that and just imagine the love and happiness you can share with him/her in that time. Better to have 7 years rather than none don’t you think? regards Judy

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      • thesubterraneanworld
        May 27, 2012

        Wow! I would rather request you to write about your dogs and add some real pictures of you with them in the blog post! It is gonna be a a SUPER HIT POST!
        Thanks you for the information, you motivated me enough to go for a Great dane! I am definitely going for one on my 18th Birthday this year!
        Love you Judy!!!!
        -Naima.

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      • judysp
        May 27, 2012

        I am glad to hear it. You will have so much fun together. There is nothing like having a dog. I wouldn’t know what to do without mine.

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      • thesubterraneanworld
        May 27, 2012

        Awwww… Thank you for guiding through.
        Have a good day ahead.
        -Naima.

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  3. iamrahulashok
    May 27, 2012

    Hey Judy,
    I have nominated you for “THE COMMENTATOR AWARD”. Thank you for your support, I cherish it.
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    Congratulations! :))
    Cheers,
    Rahul

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    • judysp
      May 29, 2012

      Hi Rahul, Thank you so much for nominating me. I appreciate your comments and support too. Cheers Judy

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      • iamrahulashok
        May 29, 2012

        You are always welcome, Judy! 🙂 😀
        Have a great day ahead.
        Cheers…!

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