A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Paperback)Marina Lewycka (author)
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Both uproariously funny and scalpel-sharp on the Eastern European immigrant experience, Lewycka’s astonishingly assured debut finds two bickering sisters come together to save their smitten father from a gold-digging Ukrainian divorcee. Sly, subversive and wickedly amusing, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is a delight from start to finish.
'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous 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 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.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
'It's rare to find a first novel that gets so much right . . . Lewycka is a seriously talented comic writer.' - Time Out
'More than just a jolly romp with political undertones is the way it captures the peculiar flavour of Eastern European immigrant life . . . a very rich mixture indeed, as well as very enjoyable reading.' - Daily Express
'Funny, gritty, original ... one I adore.' - Independent
'Remarkable, a lovely novel.' - Sunday Telegraph
'An extraordinary read . . . nothing short of amazing. A rare treat, all too easy to gulp down in one greedy sitting.' - Spectator
'Outstanding.' - Literary Review
'Extremely funny.' - The Times
'Intelligent, lively, well written and compassionate.' - Financial Times
'Ploughs a rich comic furrow.' - Daily Telegraph
'A clever, touching story.' - Economist
'Mad and hilarious.' - Grazia
'Hilarious.' - The Times
'A delightful first novel . . . an understanding of history, a profundity, and yet a lightness of touch, that are a joy... funny and touching.' - The Daily Mail
'Hugely enjoyable . . . yields a golden harvest of family truths.' - The Times
'Memorably inventive, unexpectedly moving.' - Daily Telegraph
'Wit, humour, sparkling dialogue, vivid characterization and generous spirit. Food for thought and a great read.' - Daily Mail
'Enthralling.' - Sunday Times
'Thought-provoking, uproariously funny, a comic feast. A riotous oil painting of senility, lust and greed.' - TLS
'More than just a jolly romp with political undertones is the way it captures the peculiar flavour of Eastern European immigrant life . . . a very rich mixture indeed, as well as very enjoyable reading.' - The Times'A delightful first novel . . . an understanding of history, a profundity, and yet a lightness of touch, that are a joy . . . funny, touching and completely convincing.' -The Spectator
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