A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
With this wise, tender, and deeply funny novel, Marina Lewycka takes her place alongside Zadie Smith and Monica Ali as a writer who can capture the unchanging verities of family. When an elderly and newly widowed Ukrainian immigrant announces his intention to remarry, his daughters must set aside... show more
With this wise, tender, and deeply funny novel, Marina Lewycka takes her place alongside Zadie Smith and Monica Ali as a writer who can capture the unchanging verities of family. When an elderly and newly widowed Ukrainian immigrant announces his intention to remarry, his daughters must set aside their longtime feud to thwart him. For their father’s intended is a voluptuous old-country gold digger with a proclivity for green satin underwear and an appetite for the good life of the West. As the hostilities mount and family secrets spill out, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian combines sex, bitchiness, wit, and genuine warmth in its celebration of the pleasure of growing old disgracefully.
Publish date: March 28th 2006
Pages no: 294
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...