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Might reuire a flowery written send off but also might be at risk for departing for the hereafter Let s see who is most likely to die and therefor get my work published terribly disliked politicians lderly artists mob bossesWhen he is writing these non obituary obituaries he tends to puff up the life of the predeceased Mobsters are given a little style and grace maybe some kindnesses nobody knew about fiction but hey he is a writer These write ups Presunta colpevole end up being really good and wouldn t you know it The people he has chosen to memorialize suddenly all startnding up deadToss in a new friend a lonely 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 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 lived Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem experience of Kiev and it is such that by thend 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 life prolonging medicine from the doctor in Safe Words exchange for his flat men disappear or are disappeared with little or noxplanation 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 life choices are made for him and his only flash of agency comes at the His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, end when it becomes a case of life or deathI picked this up after listening to Kurkov on the BBC World Book Club He was interesting political informed funny Hisxplanation of the book was interesting than the book itself The satire just wasn t uite sharp The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, enough Plus the penguin was a much better character than anyonelse and we are left wondering about his fate What kind of author does that anhedonia noun an h d n ny n inability to Pursuit of Justice experience pleasure in normally pleasurable actsThere are characters who live and breathe and makeven a crappy novel a wonderful Dangerous to Touch 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 nomotion for the woman in his bed and is completely unmoved by the charming little girl he gets stuck caring for Misha his pet penguin suffers from the same lack of Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude enjoyment of life though it is later revealed that he is ill not just unhappy Viktor is determined to keep the penguin alive at all costs yetven their relationship seems controlled by duty rather than affection The nding hints of
unfinished business and I understand there is a seuel I m curious but doubt that I can take business and I understand there is a seuel I m curious but doubt that I can take of Viktor s wet blanket dispositionBlech 35 starsThere s a reason why satire isn t among the most popular literary genres It has to be xtremely well written and you need to be open to that type of humor for it to work But if you do 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 to be funny without being too offensive you re probably in a great reading My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze experience When the Kiev zoo suffers yet another budget cut they start looking for people willing to take zoo animals as pets Viktor being a solitary and somewhatccentric 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 Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses ends meet Viktor occasionally sells a story to the newspaper but there are months when they barely scrape by So when the newspaperditor offers Viktor a strange but intriguing and well paid job he is uick to accept What the A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, 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 list of the most influential people gather information about their lives 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 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 hexcels 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 My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, even without Viktor s knowledgeWhat could be the favorite pastime of a bored writer and his pet penguin with a depressive syndrome That sasy ice fishing This Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, entire novel is an orgy of absurdity Nothing in it makes any sense at all The only thing that makes sense is how much Injoyed reading it and how much I m looking forward to reading Penguin Lost Death and the Penguin is a ?ist în mometul în care Viktor semneazã un contract cu o gazetã localã de mare tiraj şi începe sã xceleze „în cel mai scurt dintre genurile scurte“ scrierea de necrologuri Acestea însã dedicate VIP urilor societãţii ucrainiene încã în viaţã şi puse iniţial la pãstrare într o cartotecã încep sã acţioneze ca veritabile sentinţe la moarte c?. .
Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose else showed up Why are there no black veiled women in the back Whatlse is the measure of success Penguin reads like reading about strangers who you are worried for in case no one Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., else is Kind of At least until I wore out my welcome like those kids parties This girl 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 like that Why can t I just say it dragged a bit like 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 living in post soviet Ukraine Okay Viktor reminded me of myx boyfriend in some not too comfortable ways it was Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, eerie Right down to the pissing and moaning about how it wasn t sunny one day as if that was something anyonelse had control over He s a writer too and he whines a whole lot about not having time to write when he doesn t write much when he does have time Like it is anyone Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, 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 high level of douchiness onto Viktor He was not as bad as myx boyfriend But still I didn t warm to Viktor at all because of this similarity Don t they know that Snowbound Bride (Harlequin Men in Uniform Miniseries) 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 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 his life 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 funeralsxcept 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 love Misha so much I worried about him I felt like I knew how he felt He stared at the wall I wanted to 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 ach other to notice they were there at least 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 Youwith when you 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 lives The kinds of friends who cannot step on your toes Can you stop looking at your feet to see that they are unstepped on Okay I admit that Viktor would chase me away I would 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 feel like I could be there to do thatIt was really too bad about the boring mafia plot that took over towards the nd There s a second book I m nervous about reading it What if it makes me too worried about Misha that I can t stand it I want to have hope that he 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 Between the Land and the Sea (Marinas Tales, ego about them The obits are another way of trying to make amends for what they or someonelse did Worrying In case something is too late 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 xample a certain dictator I
bet he wouldn t have credited Steve Jobs with pixar itherhe wouldn t have credited Steve Jobs with pixar Gone for Soldiers either painted Christopher Hitchens as a saintI also liked a whole lot 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 toxplain 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 like the wall that Misha is always staring at He doesn t look at the
Wall Really What Isreally What is to see It s there to lean 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. ?nd „subiecţii“ cad rãpuşi dupã publicarea lor Premeditare Complot mafiot Intrigi politice Singura scãpare din cursa cinicã ce pare sã i fi fost întinsã scriitoraşului nostru benign iubitor doar de muze şi pinguini pare sã fie Antarctida Dar cine va reuşi sã se salveze El sau Mişa Cãci în avionul spre Polul Sud nu xistã decât un singur loc disponib. ,