Ludmila's Broken English

Ludmila's Broken English

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A wild and brilliant tale by the winner of the Man Booker Prize and one of our most original storytellers. On a Tuesday in terror-struck London, Blair and Bunny Heath become the first adult conjoined twins ever successfully separated. On a Tuesday in the war-torn Caucasus, Ludmila Derev accidentally kills her grandfather. By December, they find themselves trudging together through a snow field, staring down the barrel of a rebel's gun. Ludmila sets out on a journey west to save her family from starvation and marauding Gnez troops. Hers is an odyssey of sour wit, even sourer vodka, and a Soviet tractor probably running on goat's piss. The Heath twins are released from a newly privatized institution rumored to have been founded for an illegitimate royal baby. They are plunged into a round-the-clock world churning with opportunity, rowdy with the chatter of freedom, self-empowerment, and sex. Dangerous cocktails and a Russian Brides Web site throw these unforgettable characters together with explosive results. DBC Pierre's second novel confirms his place in the ranks of today's most audacious and acclaimed novelists.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393062373
Call Number: F PIERRE D
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 13, 2010

I bought this book from the bargain section at Chapters but I plan to donate it to the library’s used book sale because it’s not worth keeping. There are a few moments that shine a brilliant but short-lived light onto the common experiences of being human, but everything in between is stumbling through the dark.


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Jul 31, 2011

Ivan would occasionally leer over his shoulder, motion the duty-free bag, and cock a thumb into his mouth. Then he’d laugh. The twins would nod, chuckle, and raise their eyebrows. Blair’s rose optimistically, to show Bunny they were in congenial hands. In a whispered exchange, he even said Ivan’s gestures were a fine example of how strangers made friends across cultural and linguistic divides – that affable people everywhere fashioned jokes from whatever situation was to hand, and made them a point of reference for all future bonhomie. The brothers could expect more nudges, winks, and drinking of thumbs in the hours ahead.


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