Vladimir Lorchenkov tells the story of a group of villagers and their tragicomic efforts, against all odds and at any cost, to emigrate from Moldova, Europe's most impoverished nation, to Italy for work. In this uproarious tale, an Orthodox priest is deserted by his wife for an art-dealing atheist; a mechanic redesigns his tractor for travel by air and sea; thousands of villagers take to the road on a modern-day religious crusade to make it to the promised land of Italy; meanwhile, politicians remain politicians.
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Dark Humor Perfectly Captured by Daniel Thomas May
Daniel Thomas May was absolutely splendid in this narration! He captures the satire, slapstick, and dark humor of the book wonderfully all while keeping the momentum of the story. I was drawn in with his Russian character voices and inflections. His tone and narration kept the story filled with hopefulness throughout such a desperate and absurd adventure.
This book was a funny, sarcastic, quirky, entertaining fairytale of a story! Daniel Thomas May's narration helped to bring to light, what I believe is, the point of the story - finding a better and more fulfilling life through insurmountable challenges and obstacles!
Funny, interesting listen!
Yes, it is hilarious.
The art dealer was an interesting character.
The mechanic working on his tractor was the best part.
This is a great comedy.