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“Anyone who gave themselves the pleasure of reading Death and the Penguin should certainly treat themselves to this sequel. And if you missed it, never mind, read this one anyway: it’s delicious.”
“There is more magic in his realism than in a library of witches and wizards.”
—Scotland on Sunday
“Rich, authentic, and entertaining.”
—The New Statesman
Praise for Kurkov's Death and the Penguin
“A striking portrait of post-Soviet isolation.... In this bleak moral landscape Kurkov manages to find ample refuge for his dark humor.”
—The New York Times
“Delicious... when Viktor finally finds Misha it is as if Woody Allen had gone to meet Kurtz.”
“The deadpan tone works perfectly, and it will be a hard-hearted reader who is not touched by Viktor’s relationship with his unusual pet.”
—The Times (London)
Posted October 3, 2011
If you haven't read Kurkov's darkly satirical crime masterpiece, DEATH AND THE PENGUIN, do it now! It's an amazing, subversive, and totally engaging story about the corruption and mafia underworld of the Ukraine.
PENGUIN LOST is the sequel and it's just as irresistible and disturbing. Misha (the penguin) is lost in Chechnya and his owner Viktor is trying to find him... meanwhile the bodies keep piling up. An amazing and original look at the troubles of Russia. A brilliant mystery that paints an unsettling (but darkly comic) portrait of a political reality.
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Posted January 12, 2013
Posted January 5, 2013
Arebella unpacks her stuff. She wanted to be alone. She DEFIANTLY didn't want ti share with boys. A sense of lonliness came over her, but Arebella shook it off. "I like to be alone" she whispered to herself. "Great. The first sign of craziness is Talking to yourself" she said aloud sacasticly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Penguin Lost and Death and The Penguin form one of the most fascinating post-soviet stories of the last few decades. Somehow Kurkov manages to capture the atmosphere of the noir tradition while at the same time inventing one of the great whimsical characters, Misha the penguin. It is a rare kind of book that will appeal to fans of hard boiled crime fiction as well as more "cozy" styles of mystery, not to mention the stray Bulgakov fan here and there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In this sequel to Death and the Penguin, Andrey Kurkov picks up with Viktor, the main character. Feeling remorseful for leaving his convalescing penguin Misha in the lurch while he selfishly escaped the mob, Viktor decides he will return Kiev, his hometown, and try to set things right. When he returns, however, he finds himself again wrapped up with nefarious characters who waylay his ultimate goal of finding Misha.
Just as his penguin is lost, Viktor feels he has lost much of himself as he has gotten dragged into everyone's plot but his own. With a little daring, he makes an attempt at freedom for Misha and himself.
While the book does lag for a while and loses a steady voice in the middle, the uniqueness of the first book reappears and makes for a great read.
Posted August 11, 2011
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