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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Pengjin and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Death and the Penguin kirkov Andrey Kurkov. Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha, his pet penguin, for company. Although he would prefer to write short stories, he earns a living composing obituaries for a newspaper.

He longs to see his work published, yet the subjects of his obituaries continue to cling to life. But when he opens the newspaper to see his work in print for the first time, his pride swiftly t Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha, his pet penguin, for company.

But when he opens the newspaper to see his work in print for the first time, his pride swiftly turns to anddrey. He and Misha have been drawn into a trap from which there appears to be no escape. PaperbackUKpages. Published February 1st by Vintage first published To kuroov what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Death and the Penguinplease sign up. How do I get in touch with the author? I live pengui New Zealand. See 1 question about Death and the Penguin…. Lists with This Book. Dec 19, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Mariel by: Death and the Penguin is a sndrey and strange little book. It won’t admit it is sweet. Don’t call me sweet!

Can’t you see that I’m sad? I’m not sure how to review it without sounding like a weirdo. I liked it a lot and almost loved it. It was almost warm and it almost made me happy. I almost belonged there. It is bittersweet feeling like going to a funeral and looking around to see if anyone else dezth up, like that would make a difference.

Death and the Penguin

If you were the sort to show Death and the Penguin is a sweet and strange little book. If you were the sort to show up to other kids parties kids you didn’t know very well, or at all just in case no one else showed up.


Why amd there no black veiled women in the back? What else is the measure of success? At least, until I wore out my welcome like those kids parties. This girl told me that she had her “real” party the next day and this was the one for me to go to.

I began to feel a bit like that. Why can’t I just say it dragged a bit, like a normal person?

Or it is an obituary. Did Ashton Kutcher tweet about it or did he delegate to his missus? Viktor’s job is writing obits.

He also goes to funerals. Viktor is a forty something year old writer living in post soviet Ukraine. Okay, Viktor reminded me of pejguin ex boyfriend in some not too comfortable ways it was eerie. Right down to the pissing and anndrey about how it wasn’t sunny one day, as if that was something anyone else had control over.

He’s a writer too and he whines a whole lot about not having time to write when he doesn’t write much when he murkov have time. Like it is anyone else’s fault or you are stopping them from writing. Viktor whines about having to have a day job to pay the bills. Okay, I may be projecting the high level of douchiness onto Viktor.

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He was not as bad as my ex boyfriend. I didn’t warm to Viktor at all because of this peenguin. Don’t they know that everyone has to work and it isn’t always something that makes us feel fulfilled?

Suck it up, Vik! It was a weird place to want to tell Viktor that he was lucky to have a job and have food to put on the table when I had the feeling it was meant to be a situation for the reader to sympathize with him. He was afraid to feel happy for what he had. I started to worry about the other people in his life, in case he wasn’t appreciating them. There’s only so much you can do if he’s willfully blind, you know. Should I spoil the plot? There’s mafia reasons behind the obits and missing bodies.

I didn’t care as much about this stuff. I didn’t care at all about the forced penguin performances at funerals except to want to cry for Misha when he collapses after all of those funerals in the rain.


Viktor should have stood up for him. Misha was a penguin in the zoo until he was a penguin in Viktor’s apartment. I love Misha so much. I worried about him. I felt like I knew how he felt. He stared at the wall. I wanted to listen for his foot falls. I wanted to keep him company.

Viktor was a tool whining about his sunny days. Misha was too hot! It was pretty brilliant the way that Kurkov wrote the worry here. Viktor was alone and Misha was alone. They had each other to notice they were there at least on pengjin days. Yet there had to be a push pull for Misha belonged in the cold and Viktor wanted the nadrey. They weren’t of a kind. They really are the terminal whiners dream couple. Who do you want to be with when you can’t stand to declare yourself?

When you don’t know what you want? I admire Kurkov for writing this so well.

Viktor and Misha have other friends of a kind in their lives. The kinds of friends who cannot step on your toes. Can you stop looking at your feet to see that they are unstepped on? Okay, I admit that Viktor would chase me away. I would leave the party.

I don’t want to step on his feet and I would hate for anyone to think I wanted to step on their feet. It was neat that Death and the Penguin made me feel like I could be there to do that.

It was really too bad about the boring mafia plot that took over towards the end. There’s a second book.

Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov

I’m nervous about reading it. What if it makes me too worried about Misha that I can’t stand it? I want to have hope that he’ll get to swim in ice cold water and come back for a pat on the head, if he wants it. I did that review thing where I only thought about the interpersonal relationships again. So the obits were pretty good and Viktor got a bit of an ego about them. The obits are another way of trying to make amends for what they or someone else kurkvo. In case something is too late.