❰KINDLE❯ ❀ Laika Author Nick Abadzis – Motyourdrive.co.uk

Laika chapter 1 Laika, meaning Laika, genre Laika, book cover Laika, flies Laika, Laika 93570c40e73db Laika Was The Abandoned Puppy Destined To Become Earth S First Space Traveler This Is Her JourneyNick Abadzis Masterfully Blends Fiction And Fact In The Intertwined Stories Of Three Compelling Lives Along With Laika, There Is Korolev, Once A Political Prisoner, Now A Driven Engineer At The Top Of The Soviet Space Program, And Yelena, The Lab Technician Responsible For Laika S Health And Life This Intense Triangle Is Rendered With The Pitch Perfect Emotionality Of Classics Like Because Of Winn Dixie, Shiloh, And Old YellerAbadzis Gives Life To A Pivotal Moment In Modern History, Casting Light On The Hidden Moment In Modern History, Casting Light On The Hidden Moments Of Deep Humanity Behind The Cold Hard Facts It Is So Much Than History Laika S Story Will Speak Straight To Your Heart

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    In 1960, science fiction author Robert Heinlein reported in his article Pravda means Truth reprinted in Expanded Universe , that while traveling in the USSR, he met Red Army cadets who told him that there had recently been a manned space launch This launch capsule, the Korabl Sputnik 1, experienced a mechanical failure when the guidance system steered it in the wrong direction This made retrieval of the capsule impossible, and the Korabl Sputnik 1 was stranded in orbit around the Earth.The Soviets officially claimed the launch was an unmanned test flight, but according to Heinlein, there might have been a cosmonaut inside To lend some evidence to Heinlein s theory, two Italian amateur radio operators allegedly picked up a number of radio transmissions that they claimed were from doomed Soviet space launches the Torre Bert recordings There are also rumours, which appeared later in Omon Ra, a novel by Russian fiction writer Pelevin, that the Soviet automatic sample return craft Luna and remote controlled automatic Moon rover Lunokhod, were, due to failures in automation, manned by cosmonauts who had agreed to take part in suicide missions These and other allegations are known as the conspiracy theory of the Lost Cosmonauts or Phantom Cosmonauts It s not surprising at all that such conspiracy theories exist, given the fact that the Soviets were always eager to cover up any embarrassing incidents behind the Iron Curtain.In 1960, a Soviet rocket ignited on the launching pad, killing at least 78 of the ground crew In 1961, just before Gagarin s space flight, a Soviet cosmonaut was killed when a devastating fire erupted inside an oxygen rich training capsule.In 1967, another cosmonaut was killed when the parachute on his space capsule failed to open.A government that sends man s best friend into space, knowing it can not return and will die a slow death, can t be trusted, right 8 10

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    This is a heartbreaking story from start to finish This poor dog that is so sweet and no one wanted For some political reason, the Russian person in charge decided it would be good to send a dog in a flight orbiting the Earth knowing the dog would die I had no idea this even happened I know about Sputnik and everything that went with that, but I didn t know about Sputnik 2 and that they sent a dog in space It did not get good press at the time I appreciate stories like this and learning about humanities past Our advancements to come with a price usually.I was not a fan of the artwork here, but the story was told well and it was interesting to get a glimpse into how Russians thought at that time, a little I hope they did their homework I thought this was interesting and it was very sad.

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    Augh What the heck was I thinkingreading a book where I KNOW the dog dies at the end I ve spent my entire life avoiding Old Yeller for just that reason.But, Laika s story intrigued me, so I gritted my teeth, and mostly enjoyed the ride In 1957, buoyed by the success of Sputnik, Khrushchev ordered up another spectacular stunta second satellite launch, just in time for the 40th anniversary of the October Revolution The second satellite would carry a passenger a dog named Laika With less than a month to prepare, scientists were not able to engineer a way for the Sputnik II to return to Earth It probably wouldn t have mattered anyway Overcome by the heat, Laika succumbed about 5 hours into the trip The stunt backfired, with worldwide outcry over the little dog being sent to her death At least I think that s what happened By that point, I was blubbering so hard, I could hardly see the pages This graphic novel does a good job of mixing fact and fiction Laika s early life as a stray struggling to survive on the streets was well imagined Particularly affecting were scenes depicting Laika s trainer, Comrade Yelena Dubrovsky s attempts not to get emotionally attached to the dogs in her care The drawings feature nice attention to detail without being too busy I liked that all nighttime exterior panels included a drawing of the ever enticing moon.

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    Work with animals is a source of suffering to all of us We treat them like babies who cannot speak The time passes, the I m sorry about it We did not learn enough from the mission to justify the death of the dog Oleg Georgivitch Gazenko, 1998If you think this is just another sad dog story don t bother to read on This graphic novel is about a man that escaped the Gulag, a little dog that is caught on the streets of Moscow, and Sputnik II, the second Soviet Satellite that was launched into the outer atmosphere with its first live passenger October 4th, 1957, it has been 18 years since Sergei Pavlovich has escaped the Gulag and returned to his work as a Rocket Scientist On this day in Tyura Tam, Kazahkstan, Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite, successfully launched to orbit around the Earth thanks to him It looks like he is back in the game With this achievement comes the pressure to top his assignment of another launch in time of the 40th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution on November 7th On the streets of Moscow, three years earlier, a sweet litter of 7 pups was born that a family can t keep They try their best to find them homes and for most of them they do Laika ends up with a family who s boy is an irresponsible teenager and taking care of another life is supposed to teach him a lesson Well, that boy does the unthinkable and throws the dog into the river one night to get rid of it Laika befriends another street pup that knows its way around the market to get scraps, but one day they are not so lucky Laika is picked up by animal control and the other pup is beaten to death on the streets This is not for the sensitive dog person Summer of 1956 at the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Moscow, Alexandrovna Dubrovsky just landed a job as the new dog trainer assistant at the kennels All the dogs in these kennels go through rigorous training to one day be sent into space And this is where Alexandrovna meets Laika What happens from here you should read for yourself It is a sweet, poignant read Even for a comic book I was pleasantly surprised, if not a bit overwhelmed to get so much out of it I really appreciated the afterword Nick Abadzis did extensive research to write this novel and wove the available historical elements into this powerful narrative A luminous masterpiece Kirkus Reviews

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    Dead dog books used to be a dime a dozen Time was a kid couldn t walk into a bookstore without getting whacked over the head with Old Yeller , creamed in the kisser by Sounder , and roughed up royally by Where the Red Fern Grows Recently, however, dogs don t die as often as all that You could probably concoct some magnificent sociological explanation for this, citing changes in the political and emotional landscape of our great nation leading to the decrease in deceased literary pups, but as I see it, a good dead dog story is as hard to write as an original paper on Moby Dick What else is there to say Man s best friend dies and everyone feels bad In this jaded culture it would take a pretty steady hand to find a way to write a dead dog tale that touches us deeply Not a dog person myself, I direct your attention today to Nick Abadzis I don t know how he did it Laika, the world s most famous real dead dog a close second the dead pooch of Pompeii , is now presented to us in a graphic novel format Though I prefer cats through and through, Laika the novel grabs your heart from your chest and proceeds to dance a tarantella on the remains The best graphic novels are those books whose stories couldn t have been told any other way Laika has that honor.Her story was than just her own It encapsulated a vast range of people, many of whom you may have never heard of As the book begins we see a man named Korolev leaving a Russian gulag in a freezing night Eighteen years later, he is the Chief Designer of Sputnik and his success is without measure Buoyed by the success of the successful launch, Khruschev demands that his space program launch a second orbital vehicle within a single month Enter Laika An unwanted pup, abused and abandoned on the street, she s eventually caught and taken to the Institute of Aviation Medicine There she is one of many dogs, trained for flight travel Laika bonds immediately with her caretaker Yelena Alexandrovna Dubrovsky and endears herself to the other scientists as well As it stands, however, no dog is better suited for space travel and Laika is slated to make a trip from which she will never return Abadzis deftly describes the people who care for the little dog and the process by which she was ultimately abandoned and killed by both science and Cold War mechanics.Laika s entire story, as conceived by Abadzis, is heartbreaking but there are certain moments towards the end that I found particularly easy to identify with When Comrade Yelena visits Laika for one last time she can hear the dog saying her name with every bark, even when Yelena is too far away to hear them She dreams that Laika is calling out to her for help That she s scared and uncomfortable and just wants to get out and play Anyone who has ever owned a pet will be familiar with this feeling When the pet is missing or in pain, it s difficult to keep from emphasizing with it How much worse then when the dog in question is imprisoned in a capsule and shot into the sky Abadzis doesn t just show Laika s plight He makes you feel it in the core of your being.The last page of this book contains a quote that offers a 1998 statement from Oleg Georgivitch Gazenko In it, he laments the way that Laika was misused We did not learn enough from the mission to justify the death of the dog It s a dead dog book Anyone who knows the story of Laika will be aware of that But above and beyond the obvious this is an ode to dogs themselves To the animals that we befriend and love and, ultimately, destroy It s also about history, humanity, and the price of being extraordinary No one can walk away from this book and not be touched Consider Nick Abadzis a name to watch from here on in.

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    Books with dogs tend to manipulate That s just the nature of the literary and cinematic landscape Old Yeller Where the Red Fern Grows Homeward Bound It s like a rule And rather than subvert this, LAIKA s pretty up front about the fact that it will in no way deviate from the script It relishes in its formulaic, heart melting prison of manipulation and contrivance.Really, unless you re a fan of being manipulated, the book s only saving graces are that it offers an eye into Russia s Cold War space program and that it occasionally remembers that its human characters have lives that don t center on just how adorable puppy science fodder can be Hm That sounds too negative because I actually enjoyed the book when I wasn t noticing how intentionally manipulative it was.So that everyone s on the same page Laika dies in the end This is as much of a spoiler as saying Kennedy dies in the end about a book narrating Kennedy s presidency Author Nick Abadzis expects that the reader is aware of the poor dog s fate and so works pretty hard to create gravitas, to fashion a sense of impending dread He even reveals early on that Laika is doomed and spends considerable time turning the stray pup into a hero whose loss we ll mourn He even gives Laika a wholly fictional back story and lets us drop into the dog s dreams of flying happily across the cosmos Because a dog that gets shoved into a tiny rocket capsule is a sad thing, but a dog who s had a hard life but dreams of the freedom of space only to die out there in blazing hot, claustrophobia inducing quarters is a damned tragedy.Throughout the book Abadzis reminds us with a nod and a wink that we oughtn t get attached to the curly tailed terrier even as he pushes us to grow acquainted with a dog of Character and Resolve, a dog whose trust in the caretaker who will ultimately betray her is absolute Don t get attached Watch as Laika is so tenderly loved by the girl who can t keep her Don t get attached, but watch as her new owner abuses her and then throws her in the river Watch as she finds a canine friend and learns to survive on the streets of Moscow Watch as she witnesses the brutal murder of her friend at the hands of an overzealous dogcatcher Don t get attached But here, watch as she is entered into rocket dog training in preparation for Sputnik II Don t get attached as you watch nearly every human character involved become attached to her Don t get attached, but watch how her handlers risk the Gulag by allowing their passions to govern their words on her behalf Watch them cry and get drunk as she prepares to unwittingly die in space Watch her get sealed into her flying coffin Watch as the cabin temperature rises and she overheats Watch as Laika dreams one final dream of spaceflight, born of her final fevered delirium But don t get attached.Nudge nudge Wink wink.And to seal the deal, Abadzis portrays those humans who do grow attached to Laika in human terms, having feelings and lives worth our attention those who don t take to Laika, on the other hand, are monsters cardboard sources of antagonism with faces caught in perpetual scowls It s never wise to judge the motivations of authors, but it s easy to read Abadzis rightly or wrongly as a dog lover who cannot comprehend the person who might not love dogs quite so much In this book, sacrificing dogs near the height of the Cold War for the protection of a nation might sound like an alright idea, but that s just because you haven t met the dog I can sympathize, right but did I really need to have the idea batter me over the head and shoulders until I promised to yield to its persuasive technique Probably not so much.So with that out of the way, why is LAIKA worth your time despite its manipulations It turns out that the human story Abadzis weaves is actually pretty fascinating We follow, essentially, three individuals Sergei Korolev is released from his imprisonment in the Siberian Gulag and in his stupor state, believes himself blessed by the moon Decades later, we find him driven and ambitious, the lead architect of Russia s rocket program Under his guidance, Sputnik has orbited the globe, striking fear into the American populace and making him a hero to the Russian government Khrushchev demands a second Sputnik for a month later and this one will be manned Korolev talks the premier down to using a dog instead and Laika s fate is sealed because Korolev will do anything to remain at liberty.Yelena Dubrovsky is the least interesting lead from a dramatic perspective She exists as the book s Laika loving heart Dubrovsky is hired on the same day as Laika s own arrival at the space facility and begins her work as the dog s caretaker immediately She works diligently to prepare Laika for whatever missions might come, helping her to recover from training in the centrifuge or on parabolic flights She harbours an affection for Korolev but imagines that he cares for Laika as deeply as she does.Oleg Gazenko is Dubrovsky s superior and finds his own affection growing for both the woman and her canine charge Abadzis excels somewhat at portraying the man s frustration with his unreciprocated feelings Gazenko and Korolev are easily the most interesting characters throughout and watching to see how their complexities will play out was, for me, the most rewarding aspect of LAIKA.Beyond some interesting character motives and interaction, the peek into Cold War culture may be especially rewarding for those too young to have lived through the era themselves All told, LAIKA is a good book marred only by an unfortunate reliance upon contrivance and emotional manipulation review courtesy of Good Ok Bad

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    Laika is an historical fiction based around the Soviet space program, and the space dogs experiments in the early 1950s Author artist Abadzis constructs a heartwrenching prequel for Laika, a stray dog before coming to the aviation test center We also get the true back story of some of the scientists in the Sputnik program As this is an historical event, I am assuming many of you know the tragic outcome of this story and the many others like it the dogs that have no names and known stories.I held off on this book for a long time, knowing the climax It still is heart wrenching, and I read the final pages in tears And then went and held my once a stray big dog.

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    A lot of people complain about the manipulative nature of humans writing about canines who will die in the course of a story And some people openly admit that they appreciate the particular kind of pain that comes from these dying dog books But Laika is not, I do not think, a book that sets out to use Laika for emotionally manipulative purposes On the contrary, the author makes it clear she s already been used enough used to death and Abadzis instead sets out to complicate and dignify the story of her life.Abadzis makes some interesting choices in telling this well researched and keenly fictionalized tale, and one of those choices is to give Laika a past This is no accident or act of whimsy Laika is not simply about a dog who dies get out the hankies , but about a dog who lives, and whose life experiences and life history is as important as all the other lives in this book Every animal we meet in these pages, human and otherwise, gets a fair and compassionate narrative.As far as I m concerned, this book moves away from emotional manipulation and into emotionally grounded ethical and philosophical territory And Abadzis brings us this richness, and dignifies Laika s story without ever losing the relish a good writer has for telling a great dramatic tale Laika is something of an Oliver Twist, but the painful ending can t be avoided.I recommend this book to just about anyone, and I think it would be a great book to read in a middle school or high school classroom A thoughtful teacher could take this book and run with it in many brilliant directions.

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    A story of ambition, politics, and cruelty, leading up to the first Soviet launch of a living being into orbit That being was a young dog that had been abused for much of her life then was sent to her needless death in an effort to meet a ridiculous deadline imposed by Khrushchev I had a lot of difficulty reading this, not because this story is poorly told Quite the opposite Rather, Laika s death was a senseless waste, an outcome of the political and engineering struggles and personal costs the author describes of the one up man ship between the US and the U.S.S.R.

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    Okay, let s get two things out of the way One, this is a graphic novel Two, this is a dead dog book The latter s not a spoiler we re all reasonably intelligent people, we ve heard of the Sputnik program even if we weren t around to personally witness its impact on the world The dog dies, okay That s not an acceptable reason to give this book a pass I m talking to you, Ruth As for the former, well, if you re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one This is a tremendous piece of historical fiction Or maybe fictional history Fictional biography And it s got pictures, too What s not to love Some of the players are real people, such as Sergei Korolev, who went from being a prisoner of a Siberian gulag to the father of the Russian space program Or Oleg Gazenko, a leading life scientist and animal trainer in the Soviet space program Others, such as the families who lose Laika to the streets of Moscow or the new dog handler Yelena who forms such a close bond with Laika, seem to be wholly fictional The fictional elements give depth to the story and humanize no, not the dogs the people involved Everyone working on the launch knew the dog was going on a one way trip the personal glimpses into the major players lives help us to see how they might have justified that sacrifice to themselves and others There s a lot going on in this little book Cold War Politics, the Space Race, Soviet fear paranoia propaganda Yes Comrade, of course I m a loyal member of the party , and the ethical treatment of animals I d love to see classrooms using this as part of their curriculum The author, Nick Abadzis, seems to have done his homework he s incorporated a wealth of facts into the story but it flows seamlessly, never reading like an infodump And Cassie Edwards take note he s included a lengthy bibliography at the end of the book for anyone seeking information Give this one a readbut be sure to have some kleenex handy Lots of kleenex.

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