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Al informed funny His explanation of the book was interesting than the book itself The satire just wasn t uite sharp enough Plus the penguin was a much better character than anyone else and we are The Keys to Tulsa left wondering about his fate What kind of author does that I read Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov for my book group and came to it knowing nothing about it I really enjoyed the story of Viktor Zolotaryov a frustrated writer whose short stories are too short and uneventful to be published When a newspaper editor unexpectedly offers Viktor a job as an obituarist with reasonable pay and working from home he agrees His original style delights his editor Initially he has to select powerful figures from the Ukrainian elite and prepare their obituaries ready for their death and as the volume of obituaries increases Viktor realises that his obituaries seem to foreshadow the subject s death Death and the Penguin is a blackly comic critiue of post Soviet corruption in Ukraine and the inevitable bleakness is part of the novel s appeal Viktor s pet penguin Misha is a marvellous creation who symbolises the confusion andoss of community that characterises post Soviet Ukraine Just as Misha the penguin is cut off from his natural collective and co opeative environment so Viktor is struggling to survive in a city that is confusing and unwelcoming to its human populationWhilst this may all sound a tad depressing be reassured that it s actually very readable amusing and uietly rails against the world it describes The plot is original and surprising making the book something of a page turner and it includes Oltre i confini del cuore lots of interesting details about Ukrainian habits and culture noteast how alcohol seems to accompany every social interaction no matter what time of the day or night In short it s a charming gripping original funny and provocative absurdist novel 45 This is not a typical Ukranian novel It is a hodgepodge socialist government intrigue Masterpiece living in an oppressed Ukranian society mystery all wrapped around the troubles of Misha the penguin Misha keeps the book from being too Orwell ish and bleak The characters are good Little Sonya brings someightness to the story Nina adds some humanity Viktor represents the typical Ukrainian man fearful of his own government but yet striving to survive The book reads uickly I was able to finish it in one afternoon The chapters are very shortThis is a good book for Around the Worlders4 stars anhedonia noun an h d n ny n inability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable actsThere are characters who The Reality Creation Technique live and breathe and make even a crappy novel a wonderful experience And then there are some you just want to slap Meet Viktor He takes pleasure in wellnothing He has sex mainly because it s offered not because he desires it feels no emotion for the woman in his bed and is completely unmoved by the charmingittle girl he gets stuck caring for Misha his pet penguin suffers from the same Flirtation (Shifters Forever After, lack of enjoyment ofife though it is ater *revealed that he is ill not just unhappy *that he is ill not just unhappy is determined to keep the penguin alive at all costs yet even their relationship seems controlled by duty rather than affection The ending hints of unfinished business and I understand there is a seuel I m curious but doubt that I can take any of Viktor s wet blanket dispositionBlech Don t get me wrong I ove penguins I think they re awesome and secretly I think I d The Uninvited like one as a pet one day But when this book was recommended for my book club I was a bit wary really A story about a guy and his penguin Sigh I don t read satires very well normally so I expected this to be one of those sorts of situations where I missed all the humor However I do do surrealism pretty well and I also do Eastern Europeaniterature exceptionally well Okay so penguins surrealism and Eastern European Take that satireThis is a pretty strange Ars poetica little mystery novel all the while feeling actually sort of normal throughout I don t want to discuss the story itself for fear of spoiling anything this is a book that is best read going into it without knowing much about it I think It s fun that way watching the story unravel and getting to know Viktor and his pet penguin MishaKurkov wrote a seuel to this Penguin Lost which I can see myself going on to readETA After some reflection I ve decided that surrealist isn t the appropriate word for this book Absurd would fit the bill nicely The story is absurd in the best possible way Death and the Penguin is one of those books which shouldn t work but somehow it does It s a novel which address serious themes of deathoneliness and the casually oppressive nature of post Soviet society in Ukraine and yet it does so with humour And a penguinThe story of Viktor a struggling writer who gets a job writing obituaries for people while they are alive who then strangely start dying off is enjoyable and written in such a way that it seems perfectly Decoding Air Travel logical rather than as unbelieveable as it should Andrey Kurkov s deadpan narrative style works perfectly in this book It is impossible not toaugh at the very serious way in which Viktor takes his penguin to go swimming in the frozen river but wraps him up in a towel when he emerges so that he
doesn t get cold Eually amusing is the thought of someone going into hiding and taking t get cold Eually amusing is the thought of someone going into hiding and taking penguin not exactly inconspicuous with him In a novel in which most relationships are simply based on the characters wanting something out of each other for their own personal benefit the peculiar bond between Viktor and Misha the penguin stands out and is oddly touching I expected the penguin to be responsible for a ot of the humour in the book but not for the emotion as well. Ee his work in print for the first time his pride swiftly turns to terror He and Misha have been drawn into a trap from which there appears to be no escap.
CHARACTERS Смерть постороннего35 starsThere s a reason why satire isn t among the most popular iterary genres It has to be extremely well written and you need to be open to that type of humor for it to work But if you do Keys to the Ultimate Freedom like that sort of thing and if the author is someone you can trust to be funny without being too offensive you re probably in for a great reading experience When the Kiev zoo suffers yet another budget cut they startooking for people willing to take zoo animals as pets Viktor being a solitary and somewhat eccentric writer chooses to adopt a penguin named Misha Together he and Misha move into a small apartment where they spend the next year struggling to make ends meet Viktor occasionally sells a story to the newspaper but there are months when they barely scrape by So when the newspaper editor offers Viktor a strange but intriguing and well paid job he is uick to accept What the editor needs is someone to write obituaries in advance seeing as he was caught unprepared on than one occasion When someone famous dies the newspaper needs to have a touching obituary ready for print It is now Viktor s job to make a Hollands Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences list of the most influential people gather information about theirives write an obituary and sign it with a vague A group of friends What we re after is a gifted obituarist master of the succinct Snappy pithy way out stuff s the idea You with me He قصههای خوب برای بچههای خوب --- ۶ looked hopefully at Viktor Sit in an office you mean and wait for deaths Viktor asked warily as if fearing to hear as much confirmed No of course not Far interesting and responsible than that What you d have to do is create from scratch an index of obelisk jobs as we call obituaries to include deputies and gangsters down to the cultural scene that sort of person while they re still alive His job may not be something to write home about but Viktor soon discovers that he excels at it He is so good in fact that he starts getting reuests from other clients as well His only problem is that his works are not getting published since no one has actually died But that is something a friend and client of his Misha non penguin might be willing to fix even without Viktor s knowledgeWhat could be the favorite pastime of a bored writer and his pet penguin with a depressive syndrome That s easy ice fishing This entire novel is an orgy of absurdity Nothing in it makes any sense at all The only thing that makes sense is how much I enjoyed reading it and how much I mooking forward to reading Penguin Lost Ukrainian satire isn t something I d typically read but it s good to broaden one s horizons I think that this book must resonate with those who ived in the post Soviet world although the oneliness relieved only by a buddy named Sergey and a arge depressed penguin named Misha was really well written The humor was witty and dark the story uirky and you had to enjoy architecture called Stalin baroue Our hero is a depressive sort who cannot get published for his short stories but instead is hired to write pre obituaries for various hoi polloi just in case said notables should suddenly Drop Dead And The Editor Be Left Scrambling For A dead and the editor be eft scrambling for a uality write up of the deceased s contributions to the world Our guy is charged with pondering who might reuire a flowery written send off but also might be at risk for departing for the hereafter Let s see who is most Grumpy, Frumpy, Happy, Snappy A Silly Monster Opposites Book likely to die and therefor get my work published terribly disliked politicians elderly artists mob bossesWhen he is writing these non obituary obituaries he tends to puff up theife of the predeceased Mobsters are given a جامع التواریخ جلد 4 فهرست ها little style and grace maybe some kindnesses nobody knew about fiction but hey he is a writer These write ups end up being really good and wouldn t you know it The people he has chosen to memorialize suddenly all start ending up deadToss in a new friend aonely penguin adopted from the zoo during their financial crisis a kid a gal and uite a few funerals and you get humor But dark nearly depressive humor It s Ukrainian satireSomeone drew my attention to this review today and seeing that there is actually a seuel I decided to update this and to also get my hands on the new penguin tale Bad pun Sad and almost funny That means Im ready So glad I read it
Another slim book or ess a crime novel this is a translation of a Ukrainian book The mainslim book or ess a crime novel this is a translation of a Ukrainian book The main who has adopted a penguin from the Dragon Ball Anime Comics, Vol. 2 local zoo gets a job writing obituaries thenearns that he is writing obituaries for people who are about to die Great premise A uick and refreshing read and the penguin is a terrific character I understand there is a seuel too though given the ending of the book I don t know how Kurkov will pull that off The book gave a very depressing glimpse into modern Ukrainian problems I hope things really aren t as bad as portrayed but I have a feeling the author had a ot of
real ife material to draw from Death and the Penguin is alife material to draw from Death and the Penguin is a and strange Thirty-Eight Days (Thirty-Eight, little book It won t admit it is sweet Don t call me sweet I m so sad Can t you see that I m sad It might say I m not sure how to review it without soundingike a weirdo I 8 1/2 liked it aot and almost Health and Healing for African-Americans loved it It was almost warm and it almost made me happy I almost belonged there It is bittersweet feelingike going to a funeral and Garden of Snakes (House of Royals looking around to see if anyone else showed upike that would make a difference If you were the sort to show up to other kids parties kids you didn t know very well or at all just in case no one else showed up Why are there no black veiled women in the back What else is the measure of success Penguin reads New Testament Apocalyptic like reading about strangers who you are worried for in case no one else is Kind of Ateast until I wore out my welcome ike those kids parties This gi. Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha his pet penguin for company Although he would prefer to write short stories he earns a iving composing obitu. Rl told me that she had her real party the next day and this was the one for me to go to I began to feel a bit ike that Why can t I just say it dragged a bit ike a normal person Or it is an obituary Did Ashton Kutcher tweet about it or did he delegate to his missus I m not crazy Viktor s job is writing obits He also goes to funerals Not crazy Viktor is a forty something year old writer iving in post soviet Ukraine Okay Viktor reminded me of my ex boyfriend in some not too comfortable ways it was eerie Right down to the pissing and moaning about how it wasn t sunny one day as if that was something anyone else had control over He s a writer too and he whines a whole Satans Mistress lot about not having time to write when he doesn t write much when he does have time Like it is anyone else s fault or you are stopping them from writing Viktor whines about having to have a day job to pay the bills Okay I may be projecting the highevel of douchiness onto Viktor He was not as bad as my ex boyfriend But still I didn t warm to Viktor at all because of this similarity Don t they know that everyone has to work and it isn t always something that makes us feel fulfilled Suck it up Vik It was a weird place to want to tell Viktor that he was What My Mother and I Dont Talk About lucky to have a job and have food to put on the table when I had the feeling it was meant to be a situation for the reader to sympathize with him He was sad He was afraid to feel happy for what he had I started to worry about the other people in hisife in case he wasn t appreciating them There s only so much you can do if he s willfully blind you knowShould I spoil the plot There s mafia reasons behind the obits and missing bodies I didn t care as much about this stuff I didn t care at all about the forced penguin performances at funerals except to want to cry for Misha when he collapses after all of those funerals in the rain Viktor should have stood up for him Misha was a penguin in the zoo until he was a penguin in Viktor s apartment I Tagus the Night Horse (Beast Quest, love Misha so much I worried about him I feltike I knew how he felt He stared at the wall I wanted to Love Beyond Limits (Among the Fair Magnolias) listen for his foot falls I wanted to keep him company Viktor was a tool whining about his sunny days Misha was too hot It was pretty brilliant the way that Kurkov wrote the worry here Viktor was alone and Misha was alone They had each other to notice they were there ateast on good days Yet there had to be a push pull for Misha belonged in the cold and Viktor wanted the warmth They weren t of a kind They really are the terminal whiners dream couple Who do you want to be with when you can t stand to declare yourself When you don t know what you want I admire Kurkov for writing this so well Viktor and Misha have other friends of a kind in their Inochi The Book of Life lives The kinds of friends who cannot step on your toes Can you stopooking at your feet to
See That They Are Unsteppedthat they are unstepped Okay I admit that Viktor would chase me away I would Gol Atan Kaleye leave the party I don t want to step on his feet and I would hate for anyone to think I wanted to step on their feet It was neat that Death and the Penguin made me feelike I could be there to do thatIt was really too bad about the boring mafia plot that took over towards the end There s a second book I m nervous about reading it What if it makes me too worried about Misha That I Can T I can t it I want to have hope that he The Age of Disruption ll get to swim in ice cold water and come back for a pat on the head if he wants it Fuck I did that review thing where I only thought about the interpersonal relationships again So the obits were pretty good and Viktor got a bit of an ego about them The obits are another way of trying to make amends for what they or someone else did Worrying In case something is tooate They were about some pretty terrible people and he wrote about them in a humanistic way with some philosophy thrown in all better than I make it sound I m not a writer I was wondering how he would have written about some of the famous people who have recently died For example a certain dictator I bet he wouldn t have credited Steve Jobs with pixar either Or painted Christopher Hitchens as a saintI also Burning bridges liked a wholeot that the former USSR was this bizarre world you couldn t figure out and so they don t try to That was pretty good for not attempting to explain away why they would want to have someone write obits for people they wanted dead Or give away penguins to civilians Or any of it It felt Freshman Scandal (Freshman Dorm, like the wall that Misha is always staring at He doesn took at the wall really What is there to see It s there to ean towards and ignore Pretty perfect for when you re trapped in some place that doesn t make sense and you know you don t belong there Misha staring at the wall is the image from the book that stands out in my mind the most I 35 starsA bizarre and troublesome novelThe plot is pure fantasy but it is this sense of the ridiculous that makes the details in the background of the novel all the striking Kurkov fills it with his ived experience of Kiev and it is such that by the end of the book Viktor and his penguin Misha feel normal than the real world In this society a man needing hospital treatment must bribe the ambulance drivers to get there and is offered Refusing His Second Chance life prolonging medicine from the doctor in exchange for his flat men disappear or are disappeared withittle or no explanation there are gunshots in the street gangsters who cannot be refused and no sense of safety Viktor spends the majority of the novel as a passenger in his own Brand Name Dates life choices are made for him and his only flash of agency comes at the end when it becomes a case ofife or deathI picked this up after Confectionately Yours Collection (Confectionately Yours, listening to Kurkov on the BBC World Book Club He was interesting politic. Aries for a newspaper Heongs to see his work published yet the subjects of his obituaries continue to cling to The Maiden Dinosaur life But when he opens the newspaper to