I might, even though I am not an expert in book reviews. I decided to give you an answer before they (HupPages moderators) remove my question for being placed in the wrong section - as soon as it begins resembling a forum - it's gone.
It does not even depend on me phrasing it poorly - if anyone responds with a question to a question - the question is doomed.
I will try to notify you if and/or when I will be able to do it. You can read this book even without me advertising it - I already had.
I would not call it "captive humour", by the time Voinovich was writing it - the system was in full agony. The book is hilarious, but the funniest part of it that Voinovich ended up predicting a lot of changes that happened in the Soviet Union later.
Since you gave me that idea of a book review, I took the book and for the first time I read the afterword Voinovich wrote in 1990 (June 1990) suggesting Gorbachev should leave his post as the President of the USSR and going to space (part of the plot). Yeltsin was adamant that Moscow should be the capital city of Russia and not the the USSR, if the USSR wanted a capital, Gorbachev was welcome to search far and wide.
A year later in August (and there is the August Revolution in the book) - Gorbachev no longer could be the President for the USSR no longer existed.
The events in Moscow - around the White House - brought the regime down - my mother and I were actually there. Of course, Gorbachev wasn't sent to space...literally... LOL
But I would not be surprised, if he was...
Once again, I am giving you a response, since I don't really expect any more answers. Funny, how of all the community, one answer has to come from Canada and nowhere else.
Maybe if we have nothing in common at all, these two things still remain - living in Canada and me wanting to study chemistry. My parents said "over our dead bodies". They were both doctors and they said "chemical industry was too dangerous to be there".
Thank you for responding,