The ‘bonkers’ book that 'it is impossible not to be moved by' DAILY MAILA joyful and hilarious tale of some very spirited septuagenarians as they overcome innumerable obstacles to save their beloved mutt from a heartless exterminator in a land where bureaucracy reigns above all else.Perhaps you’re not a member of the Azov House of Culture Elderly Club?Perhaps you missed the talk on the Cabbage Root Fly last week?Galina Petrovna hasn’t missed one since she joined the Club, when she officially became old. But she would much rather be at home with her three-legged dog Boroda. Boroda isn’t ‘hers’ exactly, they belong to each other really, and that’s why she doesn’t wear a collar.And that’s how Mitya the Exterminator got her.And that’s why Vasily Semyonovich was arrested.And Galina had to call on Zoya who had to call on Grigory Mikhailovich.And go to Moscow.Filled to the brim with pickle, misadventure and tears, Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story will leave you smiling at every page.
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For my family, especially Louis
Author’s Note (#ufcc2544a-d8a8-513d-a6e9-3c79813728c0)
In the 1990s, there was a three-legged dog called Boroda, who wore no collar and lived in Azov with an old Russian lady who worked hard on her dacha.
However, everything else in this book, while inspired by my memories of the people and geography of Russia, is a work of fiction, and should be treated as such.
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1. A Typical Monday Afternoon
2. The Azov House of Culture Elderly Club
3. Mitya the Exterminator
4. A Chase
5. A Visit
6. The Plan
7. Grigory Mikhailovich
8. A Train Ride
9. A Rescue
11. A Date with Mitya
12. A Letter from Vasya
13. Mitya’s Angel
14. The Ministry
15. Deep in the SIZO
16. A Minor Triumph
17. The Cheese Mistress
18. The Third Way
19. A Dog’s Life
20. The Return