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The Penguin Novels [Paperback]

Andrey Kurkov
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Retailer-exclusive titles; Exclusive to Waterstones edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099507064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099507062
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Viktor is an aspiring writer who lives alone, with only his pet penguin Misha for company. Although he would prefer to write short stories, he earns a living composing obituaries for a newspaper. He longs to see his work published, yet the subjects of his obituaries continue to cling to life. But when he opens the newspaper to find his work in print for the first time, his pride swiftly turns to terror. Viktor and Misha's ensuing adventures with the Mafia lead to their separation and Viktor is forced to embark on a dangerous quest to recover his lost pet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the Penguin Novels 10 Mar 2014
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a marvellous book very amusing but at the same time a great eye opener to the situation in Russia. Wonderful writer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat but thin 7 Feb 2014
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I hoped it would be rich and surreal like The Master and Margarita but it was rather thin in style and story. I wasn't particularly taken by the rather banal activities of the penguin in the family home or most of the family business. Only toward the end (I'll avoid a spoiler detail) did it really come together and become absorbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab and funny 18 Jan 2014
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A very unusual and enjoyable book - highly recommended,especially if you have a soft spot for penguins! Fab and funny!
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