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A fine piece of art - delivers a serious (satirical) message about the state of the Russian Revolution circa 1925 as well as being an excellent, entertaining free-standing story. Would suggest reading a history of the novel prior to reading to help put it in context - without knowing the date of publication, subsequent manuscript seizure by the Soviet secret police, and prevention of publication until 1968, the novel may seem less meaningful.
As well as being a wonderful satire of the Russian Revolution, this story is also another take on the Prometheus mythology, and can be seen to be related to the Faustus story.
Performance is wonderful - just to hear his rendition of the dog howl is worth the price of admission.
Well worth the read.
28 of 29 people found this review helpful
In the course of listening to both Master and Margarita and then A Dog's Heart, I have completely and utterly fallen in love with Bulkagov. A critic of Soviet society and a masterful story-teller, he is a joy to behold even as he conveys a society so utterly devoid of life and so bereft of misery. Do yourself a favor and give this a listen and The Master and Margarita, both available via Audible. They are a wondrous, ponderous, hilarious, and even heart-breaking things to behold.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
This is a perfect introduction to Bulgakov. The dialogue between the professor, the boorish dog man and the professor's colleagues is so rich and amusing that I wound it back several times just to enjoy it all over again. The sub plot detailing the professor's feud with the tenant's association is laugh out loud hilarious. On top of that the professor is one of the most compelling characters I have read in fiction for a long time.
Roy McMillan is a wonderful narrator. The voices of the professor and the dog are a joy to listen to.
If you are curious about Bulgakov I would thoroughly recommend this. If you enjoy satire and/ or have an interest in Soviet history then this is essential listening.
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If it is possible to be a big fan of a deceased Russian satirical author then I am one and proud of it. I love Bulgakov's stuff and this is up there with the best of his work.
This is short novel is a satire on life in Bolshevik Russia and human nature, but also a work of comic fiction. A brief synopsis would sum it up as an eminent doctor conducts an experiment in which he transplants a deceased criminal's pituitary gland and testes into the body of a stray dog he has taken in. The dog transforms over the following weeks into a manlike creature. However, instead of being a loyal, obedient dog-like person, he is an unpleasant, conniving bastard who causes no end of misery for anyone who crosses his path.
Roy McMillan reads it with verve and aplomb and it gives it the voice this story so richly deserves.
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