Penguin Lost by Andrey Kurkov
Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf.
Penguins, Politics, Arm Wrestling, Cremation, Love.
Any particular reason for choosing this book? I read Death and The Penguin and thought if this, the sequel, was as good it would be worth reading.
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 because of his enduring desire to return Misha to his natural home and I enjoyed his dry sense of humor.
Who was your least favorite character and why? Bim because he was so deceptive.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It began exactly where Death and The Penguin left off and left no holes in the story.
Was it plot or character driven? A deft balance of both: the characters were all crucial to the plot.
What did you think of the ending? It warmed my heart and put a smile on my face.
What was the moral of the story? Only make promises if you’re absolutely certain you can deliver.
Did you learn anything? Statistically; the higher your IQ, the longer you will live.
Lyosha: “True love?”
Viktor: “Better than that – fate!”
Have you read other books by the same author? I’ll definitely keep an eye out for any books by Andrey Kurkov from now on. Check out my review of Death and The Penguin.
Would you like to see it adapted into a film? I wouldn’t hesitate to watch it if it was adapted to film, but it would have to be loyal to the book.
Song/Soundtrack Recommendations: The Funeral Tango
Who would you recommend it to? Andrey Kurkov fans or anyone who has ever felt a little lost in any way.
Number of unknown words: 2
Beer pairing: Baltika’s Porter
Recipe: Bim’s Border Clash cocktail: Vodka, Soy Sauce, and ½ a lemon.
What music would you like to have played at your wake?