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"The Good Angel of Death"
on 10 March 2010
I love Andrey Kurkov's books. Where else can you get such weird, yet utterly believable stories? Such depressed yet wholly human characters? He writes about Russia and Ukraine with authority (as you'd expect) and all the translations of his works so far have been very good, as far as I can tell. This one seems a little more colloquial but that probably comes from the first person perspective and comes quite naturally from the character.
I never go into the story much in reviews as it's pointless, but I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed reading this book and was pleased that it provides a more complete experience that the last one or two. Lots goes on and it's all wrapped up quite nicely, with some great symmetry to the story even though it seems to wander about a bit. I wondered with this one if Kurkov didn't kind of make it up as he went along, or let the story get away from him a bit in places - it's that unusual.
A great yarn, kind of a mystery story to begin with but later the sort of soul-searching and brilliant momentum you come to expect from a Kurkov novel.
7.5 / 10
Author of "Half Discovered Wings"