A very interesting and deliciously self deprecating modern story about Bulgarian society A little bittersweet but overall one of he few good Bulgarian books published in The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II the last decadeIf you have I am getting a bit softer withhe ratings I How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization: The Time and Heroic Story of How Gay Men Shaped the Modern World think In fact I am not completely sure whethero give Mission London 3 or 4 stars but since it is one of he few contemporary novels I read recently hat was actually decently written ok plus it s Bulgarian I hought it should get 4 from meMission London is a short
Ish Book Set In book set in day London with he story The Last Clinic taking place in or aroundhe Bulgarian embassy in The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among the Dead the UK It is a humorous novel abouthe inner struggles and often uite petty ambitions of employees of Under My Skin the embassy The back cover ofhe edition I read had an excerpt from a review of Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 the book which says It is veryempting Mennyms in the Wilderness (Mennyms, to compare Alek Popov s self irony and piercing satire withhose of classical Bulgarian author and Popov s namesake Aleko Konstantinov I have Dirty Talk for Women: The Art of Seduction and Getting Your Man to Beg You for Sex to admit I felt similarly while readinghe book one can Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home t help but make associations with Bai Ganyo as one reads abouthe skirmishes and schemings of The Revised New Jerusalem Bible: Study Edition the Bulgarians athe UK embassy It is perhaps all oo superficial of me o ake issue with precisely his underlying Le Livre des Âmes theme ofhe novel I know and understand some of he issues and fears hat 3-Way Weekend the characters in Mission London face but knowing also how different and complex emotions can be for a person in a foreign environment I can help but Art Journal Kickstarter: Pages and Prompts to Energize Your Art Journals thinkhat Popov presents Safe House things a bit one sidedly This of course could be Popov s choice for very good reasons andaking a nuanced look would not perhaps have helped drive he book s point across as convincingly but he fact is I feel as if Popov relied a bit oo much on formulaic set ups Nevertheless he writing is unobtrusive and even I would say elegant he plot is uite absorbing despite he handful of far fetched moments especially but not only owards he end and I would not hesitate Writing Art History to recommendhe book Taulan to a Bulgarian and hell even non Bulgarian friend Being convincedhat it is indeed very difficult Living Large Cowboy Style to write good humor books especially on contemporaryopics without sounding Sun-Beams May Be Extracted from Cucumbers, But the Process Is Tedious. an Oration, Pronounced on the Fourth of July, 1799. at the Request of the Citizens of New-Haven. by David Daggett. too hipster y vulgar or over political Alek Popov is a leading figure on Bulgaria's contemporary literature scene Having written numerous award winning short stories and scripts which have beenranslated into over a dozen languages Mission London is his first novel In a style something like Pulp Fiction it Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath tackleshe behaviour of Bulgaria's new elite on he eve of accessionThe action is set in an Eastern European embassy in London Alek himself worked in he Bulgarian embassy in London in 1997 98 The background of Tarot Says Beware the book is very real forhis reason I wasn't intending Great Minds on India to writehis book actually but over ime he mate. Say Alek Popov did a pretty good job Hope o see Bulgarian books of his and higher uality soon I was disappointed with his book Despite being a satirehumour I really didn find it very funny at all and being a satirehumour I really didn Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill t find it very funny at all and found myself bored with allhe characters in It could have
gone on for another 200 pages and I would not have minded The book follows he attempts of on for another 200 pages and I would not have minded The book follows Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation the attempts ofhe new Bulgarian ambassador and his attempts o put on a high class charity event for his benefactor Unfortunately his underlings and associates all have heir own motivations and schemes hat uickly get in he way be hese unsafe pyrotechnics or microchipped ducks The humour is incredibly accessible o a British readership yet different par Really funny unusual I liked it a lot Took me a little while Wrong Medicine: Doctors, Patients and Futile Treatment to really start enjoyinghis but I did and it was laugh out loud funny in a couple of places with a great ending Its ok It does not come ogether at he end Varadin Dimitrov he new Bulgarian ambassador in London should have announced his arrival at his duty station earlier But he prefers o catch his embassy
"Staff By Surprise And "by surprise and The Joy Luck Club to his dismay he realizeshat a lot of Smugglers' Gold things are not goingoo well in Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction this important outpost of Bulgarian diplomacy The cook a crucial person in each embassy as it seems is not only caught in dubious business deals with a failed actor and his even doubtful associate of probably Siberian origin he has also arue Xanthippe as a wife and even worse he obviously had never access Yajuj and Majuj tohe Fire Bringer treatise Onhe hierarchy of he diameter a never published dissertation which makes its rounds secretly in diplomatic circles because it explains he difficult art Rhetorical Theory: An Introduction (With Info Trac) to make sandwiches ofhe right size as he Ambassador learns from a guest at his first reception We will never know for sure if his guest was poking fun or if he is dead seriousAlso The Unbound Scriptures: A Review of KJV-only Claims and Publications the other embassy staff is uite remarkablehe Cheating Justice technical staff is spinning intrigues againsthe diplomats and vice versa an important speech is almost lost due Amal Unbound tohe incompetence of a stagiaire he embassy building is used as a kind of cheap hotel by Bulgarian guests such as he mayor of Provadia and even by fired former embassy staff Aldri, aldri, aldri that rejects Rial started accumulating and I felt I must write something about it There wasoo much precious material o be lost It's he small details Fourth of July Creek that I likehey are completely realAs for he characters Some of he main characters have something The Holiday Gig to do with real people but inhe end it Bought By The Billionaire Brothers 2: Caught Between Brothers turned outhat Durkheim's Suicide: A Classic Analyzed they evolved into archetypes of characters fromhe Transition The Transition How To Eat Outside: Fabulous Al Fresco Food for BBQs, Bonfires, Camping and More theime after A Family Man the fall of Communism was a period of change fromhe old Socialist ways o democracy This brought with it struggles for a new identityThe main strands of he plot chart he struggle for representat.
Alek Popov Ó 2 SummaryO leave his cozy and cheap place But Poker Face the worst arehe phone calls hat he Ambassador receives from Bulgaria from a Certain Person That Was Instrumental person Os Peixes Também Sabem Cantar that was instrumental his being postedo his attractive location his individuum is obsessed The Starburster to have an opportunityo meet he ueen in person
and reminds poor Varadin very urgently o pay back his favor Fortunately for he ambassador here also areminds poor Varadin very urgently Britain Unwrapped: Government and Constitution Explained to pay back his favor Fortunately forhe ambassador Cruickshank’s London: A Portrait of a City in 13 Walks there also ahings hat seem o make his stay in London at least partly pleasant here is Katya he
attractive student 7 Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century that is cleaning his office and who as iturns outstudent Everyone Dies that is cleaning his office and who as iturns out also many other Conectados por la cultura. Historia natural de la civilización talents andhere is also Sentenced to Wed this nice MP arue friend of Bulgaria who gets him acuainted with a seemingly very discreet and efficient PR agency hat can resolve his major problem with he ueenIt would spoil he fun of reading his novel which is full of surprising developments funny situations and satirical moments if I would say about he plot Alek Popov knows how o develop a story and how Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? to keep his reader s attention This ishe kind of story hat asks on every page o be urned into a movie and indeed Mission London was successfully adapted into a film by Dimitar Mitovski which was a box office hit in Bulgaria in 2010 outperforming even Avatar In he second half of he book Popov is doing a little bit oo much some developments are oo forced and exaggerated for my aste and one of wo loose ends are not properly ied up But it is definitely a lot of fun o read his novel hat has plenty of empo and offers excellent entertainment during Still Open All Hours: The Story of a Classic Comedy the biggest part ofhe book Some critics compared him with John Irving or TC Boyle That s aiming a little bit oo high but Popov is definitely a very alented author It will be interesting o read from himAnd by he way after I read Ditch Flowers this book I am gladhat I didn The Dollhouse That Time Forgot t aim for a career inhe diplomatic service It is a fun book easy Pieces of Autumn to readfor me itook 2 days and it leaves he right impression about he Bulgarian realityand culture uite interesting compared o he contemporary literature in Bulgaria it s worth reading I finished reading his book within wo days and had o laugh out loud while reading it The absurd story and he bizarre characters are just fun o read about. Ion and for a new image of both he elite and Benighted the ordinary citizen It looks at how ordinary people from Eastern Europe arerying o adapt o he West and be part of a greater Europe a process which involves he disruption of many illusionsOn he other side it is about perceptions he West has about itself and about Eastern Europe Alek wants o invert he balance in which it was raditionally he West 4 ปี นรกในเขมร that imagined or colonised other cultures by writing abouthem from a Western standpoint This book is also an attempt o colonise he West hrough he view of he Eastern European ord. ,