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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile continuation of a fantastic tale., 9 Sep 2013
This review is from: Penguin Lost (Paperback)
While Death and the Penguin willingly lead the reader through an often unwilling life; Penguin Lost seems somehow to stumble effortlessly through a worthwhile continuation of the story. It flows easily, but with almost accidental progress, veering wildly along unlikely tangents as Viktor leans gently against the barriers placed in his path, hopeful of guiding life as he desires with only minimal influence and effort exuded. Kurkov's style reflects this perfectly, wandering with brilliant laziness through the narrative, nudging the reader softly against barriers that give effortlessly, often with surprising results and generally with the same humour and perfect pace as in Death and the Penguin. You may feel lost in places, and in others there's a sense of pointlessness in the direction the author has taken you, but it feels somehow to reflect Viktor's own life so well that you can't fail to become fully immersed in the world Kurkov describes, whether that's isolated, lonely and estranged in the loft of Pavlovich's mansion; plunging (mostly) deceased bodies into the furnace in Chechnya; or suffocating with Viktor in the cramped and overcrowded flat in Kiev, the story carries you all the way to the end, leaving you feeling certain of where you are, but, much like Viktor, not entirely sure quite how you ever came to arrive there, or if you ever would.
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