Wednesday, 6 April 2016
The Dog Star.
The understated but very strong emotions at play amongst the central characters are very engaging and believable. As are the vast egos and ambitions at play driving the space program. Wrestling support in the space program from the communist party and leaders by tugging the jingoistic threads that bind Russia's and America's space ambitions together is a clever move that buys breathing space,time and encouragement. Yet we never lose sight of the hard working and basically decent figures at the support level who succeed at pushing their ideas forward without hope of receiving the recognition and respect their efforts deserve, tiny cogs in the Soviet state machine.
Always the story returns to Laika(Or Kudryavka which was her actual name. )The patience and dignity with which she endures the many lab tests on her constitution fueled by her affection and respect for her handlers and her infectious good nature and playful optimism as demonstrated by Nick Abadzis finely honed craft as a storyteller.
A terrific read and a real keeper.