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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 émigré living an uneventful life on th
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trade paperback, 266 pages
Published 2003 by ENC Press
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Kimberly
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.

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Jiordan
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 ass
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Melody Feldman
A elderly Russian-Jewish émigré 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 émigré 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.

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Trevor Trietsch
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, th
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Kmurphy
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 attem
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Tarun
Aug 27, 2009 Tarun marked it as to-read
The really fascinated me.

Caroline Åsgård
Now I just downloaded an excerpt here on Goodreads, 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 more 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.
Zorin
Jul 01, 2012 Zorin is currently reading it
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.
Lashonta
sorry wasn't feeling the book.
Kylie
Dec 28, 2011 Kylie added it
Was utter crap! I could not finish it.
Amir Atef
“The less people know about you, the longer you live”
firstly... I like this great quote from one of greatest novel i've read...
Prikol’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 more 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 its
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Lee
This is not an entire book. Falsely presented here. It is poorly written excerpt. Don't bother.
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WELL, I HAVE ONLY STARTED BUT IT IS RIVETING..
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David Gurevich is an American writer of Russian origin, the author of Travels with Dubinsky and Clive, Vodka For Breakfast, and From Lenin to Lennon. He currently lives in New York.

David Gurevich was born as Vyacheslav Gurevich in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1951. His father was an Air Force pilot and his mother a doctor. He was one of a few Jewish students on the Interpreter department of the Moscow Inst
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