Pete Reviews Death And The Penguin

Death And The Penguin by Andrey Kurkov


Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were on the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Penguins, Money, Vodka, Obituaries, Coffee, Funerals.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I searched this one out after finding “Penguin Lost” (the sequel to Death And The Penguin) at a Leave A Book – Take A Book Library.

Genre: Satire/Mystery

What did you think of the cover art? Brilliant. It would make a great poster or T-shirt (Cover Artist: Pablo Armago).

Who was your favorite character and why? Viktor Alekseyevich Zolotaryov (the main character)because I see him as a battler and I enjoyed his dry sense of humor.

Who was your least favorite character and why? The Chief (Igor Lvovich) because he was shifty.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? This book grabbed me immediately and kept me guessing the whole way.

Was it plot or character driven? It was a well crafted balance of both plot and character.

What did you think of the ending? The ending was totally unpredictable and brilliant.

What was the moral of the story? Be prepared: always have a back-up plan.

Did you learn anything? A little bit about King Penguins and life in Kiev.

Favorite quote: “Women are the strength of the male nervous system. Time you took your nerves in hand…” – The Chief to Viktor

Have you read other books in the series? I’m about to read “Penguin Lost”, which is the sequel.

Have you read other books by the same author? Not yet, but I will definitely hunt them out.

Who would you recommend it to? Anyone who has ever felt a little lost in any way.

Number of unknown words: 1 (but it was English slang: ‘dekko’ which means to ‘look’)

Beer pairing: Brew Dog’s Tactile Nuclear Penguin

Recipe: Salami And Cheese Baguette Melt

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