Vodka for Breakfast

Vodka for Breakfast DavidGurevich
  • Title: Vodka for Breakfast
  • Author: DavidGurevich
  • ISBN: 9780972832120
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • Vodka for Breakfast DavidGurevich Vodka for Breakfast A saga of love friendship life drugs and opportunities almost lost on an ex KGB company man who leads a seemingly decent immigrant s life of quiet desperation in New York The less people know abou
    A saga of love, friendship, life, drugs, and opportunities almost lost on an ex KGB company man who leads a seemingly decent immigrant s life of quiet desperation in New York The less people know about you, the longer you live is the motto of Arkady Prikol the antihero of this quirky, existential thriller an aging Russian Jewish migr living an uneventful life on thA saga of love, friendship, life, drugs, and opportunities almost lost on an ex KGB company man who leads a seemingly decent immigrant s life of quiet desperation in New York The less people know about you, the longer you live is the motto of Arkady Prikol the antihero of this quirky, existential thriller an aging Russian Jewish migr living an uneventful life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan Uneventful until the day he gets a phone call from a man who calls himself Timur The man who has been dead for 20 years.Once upon a time Arkady and Timur were best friends and co workers at a top secret place called Lab 52, where they designed and tested psychotropic drugs But soon Arkady and Timur s camaraderie ran into something greater than all the LSD in their lab Her name was Lisa Such triangles don t end well Arkady keeps replaying in his mind bittersweet scenes of love, sex, and tenderness, and gradually comes to realize that their torrid romance was not what it seemed As Lisa broke out of the romantic mold the two friends have tried hard to keep her in, she showed her true colors, and they learned what happens when poetry mixes with political dissent in a Russian girl s heart.With his old life trying to catch up with him, Arkady goes on a lam, running from one hideout to another from the Dominican barrio to a Moldavian bordello in Riverdale and finally to a top security Mafia sanctuary in Brooklyn As he runs, he keeps searching for the clues to his caller s true identity, forced to dig into his long dead past where he suddenly discovers a slim possibility of a future.
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    1. David Gurevich was born eons ago in the Soviet Union, a country that no longer exists In 1975 I was allowed to leave in the Useless Jew category Useful ones had a harder time getting out I came to the US, which I liked just fine, mostly because it did not give a damn whether I liked it or not, which is not common in the world.I liked moving so much that I just could not stop and I kept going, from St.Louis to NYC to LA to S.Antonio to Seattle back to NYC, with points in betweenen I got naturalized not to be confused with natural , a significant distinction and immediately applied for a passport I traveled on through Israel and Europe, and only a lack of funds stopped me from going farther With the exception of short lived jobs at an office in NYC and at a computer company in Seattle I was unable to settle on an occupation, which is a natural path to writing In 1987 I published my first novel, Travels with Dubinsky and Clive, which was enjoyed by many reviewers across the land, but not by my editor at Viking, who quit almost immediately, once he had realized what he had wrought My second book, a memoir of Soviet life called From Lenin to Lennon, was once again adored by major reviewers, but not by my successive four editors at Harcourt Brace, who promised to sue me if I disclosed their names Alas, this career description is not as uncommon as it seems at first blush I retired and started a family, which I loved But then my dearly beloved prodigy son smashed his violin, tore up his Yale medical school acceptance letter, and turned into a bitter disagreeable teenager So I went back to the keyboard The result is Young Spies in Love, a romantic spy thriller With not a trace of political correctness, it did not have a chance in mainstream publishing, which is why I put it out myself on Enjoy


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    1. If Vodka for Breakfast were set to a soundtrack, the music would flow surprisingly easy between sharp cello strings found in a car chasing scene from the likes of a Bourne Identity film, to the soft piano keys set as the background music to a favorite love story In his novel, David Gurevich is able to stitch together the action and drama genres to weave a story of danger and love while exploring the possibility that even after these things cease to exist, the past still does I picked this book b [...]

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    2. The star of David Gurevich s Vodka for Breakfast is Arkady Prikol, an elderly Russian Jew In his attempt to run from the past while also trying to solve the mystery of a man claiming to be his dead best friend , Prikol becomes a very likeable protagonist.In Gurevich s funny, curious thriller, Prikol lives an ordinary life in New York He does well with the life he s created, happy enough to be in it until Timur the old friend who s been dead for some twenty years makes contact The old association [...]

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    3. A elderly Russian Jewish migr goes on the run in an attempt to escape his past while trying to unravel the identity of a man claiming to be his long dead best friend in this funny and interesting thriller The protagonist of David Gurevich s Vodka for Breakfast Arkady Prikol is an elderly Russian Jewish migr living in Manhattan Prikol lives a mundane life in New York, something he is happy about until he is contacted from his old friend, Timur, who has been dead for two decades Thrust back into t [...]

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    4. David Gurevich s Vodka for Breakfast grabs the reader by the lapel and heaves them through this magnetic novel Gurevich interweaves fast paced action, wistful romance, and sharp wit in a concoction that is so compelling, it seems to be laced with vodka Russian immigrant Arkady Prikol thought he could file his past away a beautiful and mysterious woman named Lisa, a job with the KGB creating and testing powerful drugs confining it to nightmares and drowning it in pills and booze However, the unas [...]

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    5. Imagine being an old Russian Jew, living life peacefully on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and one day, your world is suddenly thrown upside down by a single phone call.In David Gurevich s Vodka for Breakfast, readers are thrown into dramatic waves of incidents one instant and are rescued on boats of laughter the next Arkady Prikol, the main character of Gurevich s novel, receives a phone call one day from a ghost of his past, claiming to be an old friend who died 20 years ago.As Prikol attemp [...]

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    6. The really fascinated me.

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    7. Was utter crap I could not finish it.

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    8. Now I just downloaded an excerpt here on , which was only 11 pages But I d like to tell you my impression The story of the book seems okay, though the excerpt didn t really show that in my opinion I think the book is for male readers than women, but that s just my impression Maybe if I read the entire book I d get a different opinion But I didn t think the storyline was bad So if you think it sounds interesting, I d give it a shot.

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    9. sorry wasn t feeling the book.

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    10. You ve missed the experience of living in the Soviet system Never mind, it will return one way or another, meanwhile read David Gurevich and be prepared.

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    11. This is not an entire book Falsely presented here It is poorly written excerpt Don t bother.

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    12. The less people know about you, the longer you live firstly I like this great quote from one of greatest novel i ve readPrikol s thoughts on the past memories of friendship, love, and drug use have the power to swallow up his present His old life crashes into his new one, making our window into his average life that much engaging With all of that, the end appears to bring the story full circle, providing good closure for Gurevich s audience Like its leading man, the novel itself is uncompromisi [...]

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    13. WELL, I HAVE ONLY STARTED BUT IT IS RIVETING

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