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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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!
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.
Daniel Thomas May's warm voice and excellent character voices had the headphones glued to my head. This was really fun to listen to!
Ravenclaw. I like books that break my heart.
Dark, but funny.
The Good Life Elsewhere takes us on a miserable trek from Moldova to Italy and back again over and over. It's miserable for the Moldovan villagers desperate to emigrate to Italy, but it's a wonderful read for the rest of us. The story finds humor and irony in horrible situations and I was surprised that the comedy translated so well. The villagers' attempts to improve their life, by leaving behind the ones they have, are range from downright stupid ideas to strokes of brilliance in their creativity and in their ingenuity. The stories are incredibly bleak, but the book still instills hope. Daniel Thomas May's characterizations were amazing! For an American narrator to develop such a variety of unique Moldovan voices was very impressive.
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