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A surreal and absorbing journey,
This review is from: The Good Angel of Death (Paperback)
If you have read and enjoyed Kurkov before then you will no doubt enjoy this too. The same wit is here, the same sly conceits of the characters and the same slight edge of the ridiculous which make such a compelling story.
This time our hero is not confined to one city bust instead sets out on a journey, inspired by the discovery of margin notes in a hidden book, across Asia. Along the way encountering KGB and other agents of shadowy organisations, locals, tramps and people who seem to be far more than they seem. The journey brings home to Kolya and his companions some understanding of their lives and thoughts. There. That sentence turned you right off didn't it? But it's not as precious as it sounds, yes you get absorbed in to the lives of these people but as I said before, with Kurkov the genius is in making the telling of the tale faintly odd. The daft, the strange and the funny make the experience of traveling across the desert and the Caspian sea great fun.
This is one of those books that feels so good to just read. If you've ever settled in with a book and just loved the feeling of reading it then you know what I mean.