- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (2 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782398090
- ISBN-13: 978-1782398097
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,428,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Senility of Vladimir P Paperback – 2 Mar 2017
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Amid its screwball rage this very funny book is also an unexpectedly touching one -- AD Miller Spectator Sharp, spare, entertaining... Savour the quips and enjoy the show -- Mary Dejevsky Independent Starts at 100mph and only gets faster... Copious, creative and full of brio Big Issue Refreshing... Essential... Page-turning New York Times A scathing satire... The Senility of Vladimir P is a clear attack on the corruption and greed of Putin's Russia and a sharp reminder of how authoritarian rule can infect a generation -- Lucy Popescu Independent
Ferociously readable and very, very funny, The Senility of Vladimir P is a vodka-soaked tragicomedy of bribes, backhanders and an elderly Vladimir Putin going catastrophically awry...See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The pace and pathos of the ‘Senility of Vladimir P’ will strike a chord with all adventurous thriller readers. This blockbuster, through its gently dark humour, explains what has made Russia what it is today, better than any historical novel. It is a ‘must read’ to understand why Vladimir P is acting as he is today.
The denouement of the final luxury watches scene is a real whodunnit masterpiece. Thoroughly believable blackmail.
Enjoy, learn and enjoy again.
PS Who is Michael Honig ? Is he Russian or an undercover spy ?
The Book is well written and Michael Honig manages to describe the problems with dementia perfectly as well as the huge level of corruption in Russia today and in this book also in the future. The Russia he paints for us is almost the same state as today.
All this would have been a perfect platform for an engaging story about the future of Russia or high drama in the future but for some reason Michel Honig has chosen to use this as almost the entire story and just added a minor situation with the male nurse. It is in fact the nurse that is the main character in the book and not Vladimir P. Unfortunately the nurse is not only on the border of stupidly naive but also unable to understand how his country works. You might feel sympathetic towards his struggle as you would towards a child but it is not enough to make you like him.
If you are familiar with Russia the situation that is described in the book comes as no surprise. But 300+ pages of daily corruption and dementia is in the end boring and you wish that something would happen to engage you interest.
If you are not familiar with Russia the insight into their daily lives as compared to daily lives in European nations will be an eye opener. Unfortunately it is all true.
I would have wished that the author had used his well crafted platform to launch a more interesting story.
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The Senility of Vladimir P is - first and foremost - poorly written, full of clichés and not funny at all. It's not really a satire, it's a collection of stereotypes about Russia (yes - vodka, what else is new), which are trite, boring, banal. Interminable story about chicken and whatever happens in the kitchen, preposterous tale about watch collection and its theft goes on and on so that the reader is more and more persuaded in total lack of author's imagination.
I would have given this book one star if not for one single paragraph: "True, it was fantasy, a memory confection that existed only in Vladimir’s head, but Vladimir no longer had any insight into that fact, so as far as he was concerned, it was real. In a sense, thought Sheremetev, it was as real as the world in which he or anyone else lived."
Otherwise - it's a waste of time and money.
Note on the typesetting: page 20 replaced page 30 while the size of the font varied from line to line every once in a while.