A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
But instead of fun with tractors I got the above - the family squabbles, elderly abuse, well-hidden family secrets that nobody wants to unearth, the pent-up years of anger and frustration, and the misery of life. In a nutshell, it is a story of a very dysfunction
1 - write about what you know. Check! She's British Ukrainian and this is all about British Ukrainian stuff.
2 - Decide on a strong central narrator and give them a winning personality. Check! Boy oh boy does our first person narrator want you to like her. When I was reading this today and the doorbell rang I thought that was her come round with some freshly baked pampushky. As the story rolls along s...more
My thoughts on that after reading the book: What the fuck?
The quick synopsis of the plot is this: Gold-digging Ukrainian immigrant hussy latches on to an elderly Ukrainian widower in England, marries him, and tries to take his money and his house. H...more
I knew that this book existed for some time. However, something about the title didn't attract me.
I think I have always assumed that I would prefer a book about American tractors.
Then one week I saw it again, bought it and read it within a week. I was ready for it. Our lives had mysteriously moved into alignment.
Not So Secret Family Business
Although it is set within a Ukrainian British family and it takes hilarious advantage of this fact, it reveals a lot about families gener...more
Quick summary: Two sisters are estranged because of a mysterious event that happened 40 years ago in the Old Country. But their mother is dead and their father has taken up with a Ukrainian hussy. Also, he is writing a book about tractors. In Ukrainian. Hussy terrorizes father, sisters must get over the...more
This novel left me feeling like one of those class members.
This is the story of old...more
Hal inilah yang tepat untuk menggambarkan seorang kakek berusia 84 tahun bernama Nikolai. Karena seorang wanita berpayudara besar bernama Valentina, dia kehilangan akal sehatnya. Valentina adalah seorang imigran asal Ukraina yang hanya ingin mendapatkan kewarganegaraan Inggris dengan cara menikahi Nikolai. Dengan senjatanya berupa payudaranya itulah, dia mulai menipu Nikolai dengan menguras hartanya sedikit demi sedikit. Untung saja ada dua anak wanita dari Nik...more
I disagree with the reviews, however, which invariably claim that this is a hilarious book. It was funny and sad at the same time. When it was funny, it was chuckle-funny, not lough-out-loud. It's more of a real-life story about people and their problems, blown out of proportion with (slightly) oversi...more
It was certainly not quite what I was expecting - because it was nominated for the Man Booker Prize last year, I guess I was expecting something a bit heavier, more depressing. But this boo...more
Here is a summary of the book: Hey! We're Ukrainian! We have a dark family past! But we're really sardonic too! Hey!...more
A Short History of Tractors... is the s...more
The characters are Ukrainian and living in England, but don't expect to learn much about what that means for them. There's a lot of family drama, elder abuse, and not much characterization. The first person narrator, the old man's adult daug...more
We have very picturesque characters: a voluptuous & outrageous blonde, two desperate/bitchy sisters, a helpless old man, uncomfortable ironies, immigrants, family anecdotes, canned food and a lot of plum wine. A...more
un vedovo ucraino di 84 anni si invaghisce e sposa la sua badante di 36
le figlie non solo se la prendono, ma incominciano a trovare un'intesa che non hanno mai avuto prima nell'obiettivo comune di scalzare questa procace cacciatrice di soldi e permesso di soggiorno, che si è insediata nella casa della loro defunta madre
divertente, a tratti esilarante, incentrato tutto sullo scontro culturale tra l'idea che una badante ucrai...more
I can't figure out the target audience, how was it shortlisted for the Orange prize (just a pun on Ukraine's Orange Revolution?) or selected as Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime?
An adult plot, but written with limited vocab (except for...more
Kenapa aku suka sama buku ini? Karena cerita yang diangkat begitu hidup dan nyata. Nadezhda dan Verochka (watta beautiful name), dua kakak adik yang berseteru selama dua tahun setelah meninggalnya ibu mereka, kini dipersatukan kembali karena permasalahan yang ayah mereka bawa. Haha. Bayangin aja, si Nikolai ayah mereka yang berusia 84 t...more
Then I read a few fairly negative reviews, and it got pushed aside in Orange January. Then I decided to speed date it along with the other Orange Prize nominees that I had in the house, and it won!
I liked the snappy dialogue, the quick storytelling, and the frustrating characters. Nadia and Vera are children of Ukrainian...more
The overall idea of this book is great, with the connection between mid-twentieth century European disaster and present-day society, including Lenin´s view of capitalism extending into contemporary global greed and local or individual experience of its consequences. The counterpoint of a...more
Lewycka was born in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany after World War II. Her family then moved to England where she now lives. She was educated at Keele University and works as a lecturer in media studies at Sheffield Hallam University.
In addition to her fiction, Lewycka has written a number of books gi...more