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View spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler Generally I really enjoy Kurkov But Rebel (The Renegades, this story is so convoluted with characters and a plothat s often incomprehensible The Lost Queen that I was pretty confused most ofhe Praying With The Saints time Like lost dogs Lost despite still having masters and food That pretty much sums up my feeling finishinghis book It doesn The China Doll (Killmaster, t lack substance I suppose But I m not entirely sure how I got here nor do I really understand where I came from Brilliant Carry on likehis keep your nose clean and you ll have your flat Viktor grinned But I m not sure where Home on the Ranch this photograph get usLook at his handsViktorook The Trouble With Bullies the print overo Lover Be Mine (Legendary Lovers, the window The body lay arched right arm fliung back left arm reaching forward Theips of all fingers had been burnt away but while he left humb was or less intact When Death Comes Knocking the whole ofhe right Frumpy the Clown, Volume 1 thumb was missing Itook me a while La verdadera historia to warm upo The Case Of The General s Thumb At first it struck me as being an earlier effort Deaths Acre than Andrey Kurkov swo penguin novels Death and Rag Doll the Penguin and Penguin Lost but it looks as if it were written betweenhe wo In The Case of he General s Thumb Ghosts of a Chance (The Hardy Boys there is no Mischahe Penguin but Amazon.com: Using Microsoft Excel and Access 2016 for Accounting eBook: Glenn Owen: Kindle Store there is aortoise named Nina It must be said however Lsc Human Diversity that Nina has not a hundredthhe character of MischaKurkov was born in Leningrad and writes in Russian but he appears o be a self identified Ukrainian This leads me o Letter to My Mother thinkhat 43 Ways to Make a Good Marriage Great this is not an unusual situationhese days The case of Joshi Mousou Shoukougun, Vol. 9 the General s Thumb likehe wo penguin novels is a murky stew of various security agencies going at one another hammer and ongs We see Fortune Cookies Are Better in Bed (SIS Case Files the storyhrough Frankenpooh the eyes of Viktor Slutsky nothe same Viktor as Ishis Tale of Lizard the penguin novels of one unnamed Ukrainian security agency and Nik Tsensky a militaryranslator Ostensibly Viktor is on he rail of Kiss Me Deadly (Bewitch the Dark the person or persons who murdered a Ukrainian general cut off hishumb and left his body dangling over Kiev attached Marvin in the Kooky Spooky House to a Coca Cola advertising balloon Nik onhe other hand is paired with an assassin and directed by Restoring Your Spiritual Passion telephoneo perform various odd and Ace (Brian Lexi, threatening actions mostly in Germany For most ofhe book The Island of Excess Love (Love in the Time of Global Warming, the chapters are interspersed between Viktor and Nik eventually comingogether at Hillel the endAt first I was disconcerted byhe flipping back and forth between he wo characters but as I grew Peepland Vol. 1 to know Viktor and Nik I cameo accept it If you want my recommendation however Flipping the Script: Bouncing Back from Life's Rock Bottom Moments the penguin novels are clearly better Perhaps I m not usedo his style of writing but I found it ve. A Russian General is murdered But why And importantly what has happened Stripped (Happy Endings, to hishumb Viktor Slutsky a young police lieutenant is sent Star Force (Star Force, to investigate it So independently is Nik Tsensky a former military interpreter We read in parallelheir Spiritual Warfare Prayers two stories ashey ravel across Europe pawns in

Ry disturbing o The Riddle of the Drum the flow ofhe narrative That and How Sleeps the Beast. the constant switching betweenhe Hotwife Addiction two main characters andheir different situations made it really ough o really absorb what was going on leaving me confused often Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes Coaches than not There were a few good moments and from what I ve gathered from other reviews it seemshis may have been Kurkov s least impressive work so I ll hold judgement on him Murphys Law (Molly Murphy, till I read Death and a Penguin Otherwise I would not recommendhis unless you re from UkraineRussia and longing for a book o remind you of home Kurkov must be nailed on for a Nobel Prize although it probably won be for matplotlib Plotting Cookbook this book It s still good what s noto like about a volume where newly liberated citizens of Eastern Europe regularly pop into McDonald s As ever he captures Tortured the bling absurdity of variouserritories but also historical antecedents and I love his sense of geography and ability Natural History, Volume VII (Loeb Classical Library No. 393) to updatehe picaresue for our imes The book emphasizes he lawlessness and new power structures of Ukraine and Russia albeit before Small Talk the recentroubles in he wo countries but is perhaps a bit slight For me Saundra the author s Ukraine Diaries and The Good Angel of Death arehe high points of his output so far From Sengoku Jidai. Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu: Three Unifiers of Japan the same Ukrainian writer who brought you Death andhe Penguin and A Matter f Death nd Life both of which I liked a lot This one is of a spy novel with Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Update Board Preparation the prize being KGB gold but it comes withhe usual concise prose uirky characters and Ukrainian politics Kurkov puts in his other novels That said Love and Other Train Wrecks this one s not uite as good ashe other Handle With Care (Special Delivery, two but still pretty enjoyable Satire has a new superstar Andrey Kurkov with his masterfulreatment of dark humour not only warms The Never Girls Collection the very cockles ofhe reader s heart but also evokes in a nostalgic vein he storied memories and magnificence of Mikhail Bulgakov and even o an extent Jules Cervantes Characters of a uixotic mien waft in and out of Kurkov s pages delighting disappointing and dumbfounding Echo des Blutes the reader in eual proportions The distinguished and now murdered General Bronitsky is found suspended in an advertising balloon sans hishumb This sets off a process of investigation The Horseman (The West Country Trilogy, that is at once farcical and formal Police Lieutenant Viktor Slutsky who is ill euippedo handle cases of such proportions is miraculously assigned o he case and is promptly set off on a wild goose chase A proven officer in Under the Mat the KGB Nik Tsensky is also formallyasked with he responsibility of bringing he killers Much complex game han hey could possibly suspect On Measurement for Evaluation in Kinesiology the wayhey meet Sergey a larger The Rocker That Rescues Me than life hit man and hearse driving sociopath who has somehow acuired a deaf and dumb blonde girlfriend and aortoise Two Legged Snakes to whom he becomes devoted a worthy anthropomorphic successoro Misha he Penguin.

F General Bronistsky o book Neither Nik nor Viktor is aware of Quest for the Golden Hare the other s interest inhe peculiar case involving a General with a missing They Call the Wind Muryah thumbThewo separate patterns of investigations set off an exercise in dangerous absurdity involving near dances with death criss crossing of The Husbands Secret the European continent involuntaryravels involving a modified hearse a deaf and dumb blonde and a hungry Does the Feeling Go Both Ways? turtle named Nina The plot represents a brilliant canvas upon which Kurkov paints an inimitable picture of hubris haughtiness and hollow pride The socio economic effectsriggered by Poodle the post Soviet collapse andhe civilian impact of he disintegration of he Great Bear is brought Quake (Quake to full view byhe literary brilliance of Kurkov Nik and Victor he wo unsuspecting pawns in a pre determined play of farce denote with great vigour he calamitous plight of he citizens inhabiting a post Soviet era an era characterised by uncertainty and futilityCombining morbid humour with a deadpan narrative Kurkov dazzles and leaves he reader gasping for The absurdity uotient even parallels Dostoyevsky at imes while A Love for Leah (Amish of Pontotoc the rapier like sarcasm would have wonhe whole hearted accord from even Aplastic Anemia the likes of Yevgeny Zamyatin and Arthur Koestler However withinhe confines of The Portable Dante the humour and sarcasm is embedded a harsh lesson a lessono be imbibed by both Body Of Truth the politicians andhe people who cast Classical Mythology their votes in electingheir representatives There is a message and a method o he madness of Kurkov The underlying essence of such a message is startlingly simple Tommys Bestest Adventure the dark forces ofhe day do not represent a spontaneous creation They are he culmination of factors hat are both avoidable and inevitable Love Me Tenor (Perfect Harmony, the avoidable shedding precious and invaluable lessons for future generationso come Post Soviet noir confusion ambivalence and violence with occasionally humorous results One guy is a cop Wives Cheating, Husbands Watching Vol. 2 (Wives Cheating, Husbands Watching tryingo follow leads another is a guy looking for a flat Through a series of incomprehensible phone calls obscure orders and secret agent Fortune Favors the Wicked (Royal Rewards typeravel arrangements we follow hem both There are many corpses many bottles of vodka a hearse and an adopted ortoise They are looking for a My Wife the Beauty Queen thumb and some money Good luck Same Russia different shtick It was all money money moneyoday Ideology was out I have a feeling it would have been much funnier if I was Ukrainian or Russian with La folle rencontre de Flora et Max the proper cultural understanding and if I had read it inhe original language Russian The Lady Who Saw Too Much (Soul Survivor, that it was written in. Eponymous hero of his previous novel Ashe In Too Deep two investigatorsgradually close in onhe secret hey become involved in a battle between he Russian and Seven Times the Sun the Ukranian secret services overhe fabled KGB Red Gold Another brilliantly inventive black satire which will both enlighten and entertai.

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Andrei Kurkov Russian writer of Ukrainian origin Kurkov was born in small town of Budogoszcz Russia on April 23 1961 When Kurkov was young his family moved to Kyiv Ukraine In 1983 Kurkov graduated Kyiv Pedagogical Academy of Foreign Languages and later also completed a Japanese translation training Kurkov's most famous novels are 'Smert pingvina' 1996 translated into English in 2001 un