Saturday, 11 April 2009

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka

Read: January 2007

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is a fabulous title. It is reflective of the style of a novel which is light, warm and often very funny. You should read this for the title if nothing else!

When her Octogenarian father falls for a blonde bombshell half his age Vera finds that all her morality and ethics comes to nothing against the blood in her veins. She joins forces with her estranged big sister and together they set about expunging Vera from their lives. What ensues is a riotous trip into modern Britain with its obsession for possessions and immigration. Marina Lewycka creates a real and identifiable account of familial relationships with all the contradictions left in.

A bestseller across the world, this is an easy paperback read. Better than many bestsellers, it is what comic fiction should be. You can’t go wrong with this.

6 out of 10

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