A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamourous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface a sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving... show more
'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamourous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface a sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside.' Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must put aside a lifetime of feuding to save their emigre engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. With her proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, she will stop at nothing in her pursuit of Western wealth. But the sisters' campaign to oust Valentina unearths family secrets, uncovers fifty years of Europe's darkest history and sends them back to roots they'd much rather forget...
Publish date: August 1st 2006
Pages no: 326
Edition language: English
It was funny, admittedly, although not quite as hilarious as all the reviews made it out to be. I guess it just depends on your sense of humour. It took a little while for me to go into this, but once I had it was an enjoyable read - perfect for the holidays.
There is an episode in the comedy sitcom Mind Your Language, where Jeremy Brown's motley crew of students drawn from all over the world to learn English tell jokes to pass the time. Juan Cervantes, the Spanish bartender, tells a hilarious joke: at the end, he is in stitches, unable to stifle laught...
Ein gutes ukrainisch dramatisches Familienepos, in dem wirklich fast alle handelnden Personen derartig unsympatisch, gierig, kriminell, verschlagen, streitsüchtig, gewalttätig.... sind und sich auch für unseren Kulturkreis sehr "osteuopäisch" also kaum nachvollziehbar verhalten. Warum ich dennoch nu...
I thought this book was really funny and I chose it for book club. Everyone hated it but one and she liked it because she likes tractors. Recently, I met someone who enjoyed the humor and thought the book was a blast so I feel redeemed.
This was another one of my 'I really should have read this by now' books, and I'm glad I did.For the first 100 pages or so, I was surprised that this was a début novel as the prose flowed so well and the story was tight and consistent. After that though, it did begin to flounder and the inexperience...