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Book Title: The Starlight Barking|
The author of the book: Dodie Smith
Edition: Egmont Books Ltd
Date of issue: June 5th 2006
ISBN 13: 9781405224819
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Reader ratings: 4.4
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Let's get the most important thing out of the way: There is no Cruella. I feel cheated.
At the beginning of this sequel we find Pongo and Missus leaving their home once again so that they and their family can find out why all of the humans are in a sleep coma.
The stakes feel low and I went through 60% of the book without a clue as to what's happening, so the story feels too drawn out so the climax didn't really hit as hard as it could. The Pongo and Missus relationship is still stereotypical 1950s with him being seen as the smart one and she the emotionally connected one. I thought Cadpig would be a more interesting character as the Prime Minister's dog but this was not the case.
I would recommend this book if you're a die hard Dodie Smith fan.
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Read information about the authorBorn Dorothy Gladys Smith in Lancashire, England, Dodie Smith was raised in Manchester (her memoir is titled A Childhood in Manchester). She was just an infant when her father died, and she grew up fatherless until age 14, when her mother remarried and the family moved to London. There she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and tried for a career as an actress, but with little success. She finally wound up taking a job as a toy buyer for a furniture store to make ends meet. Giving up dreams of an acting career, she turned to writing plays, and in 1931 her first play, Autumn Crocus, was published (under the pseudonym “C.L. Anthony”). It was a success, and her story — from failed actress to furniture store employee to successful writer — captured the imagination of the public and she was featured in papers all over the country. Although she could now afford to move to a London townhouse, she didn't get caught up in the “literary” scene — she married a man who was a fellow employee at the furniture store.
During World War II she and her husband moved to the United States, mostly because of his stand as a conscientious objector and the social and legal difficulties that entailed. She was still homesick for England, though, as reflected in her first novel, I Capture the Castle (1948). During her stay she formed close friendships with such authors as Christopher Isherwood and John Van Druten, and was aided in her literary endeavors by writer A.J. Cronin.
She is perhaps best known for her novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians, a hugely popular childrens book that has been made into a string of very successful animated films by Walt Disney. She died in 1990.
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