A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

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Penguin, Mar 28, 2006 - Fiction - 304 pages
5 Reviews
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.
 

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User Review  - BillPilgrim - LibraryThing

Very enjoyable book. Funny and well written description of a widower Ukrainian immigrant and his two daughters living in England. He moved there after WW2 with his wife and one daughter at the time ... Read full review

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Charming story. As a Ukrainian who is now living in Britain I really enjoyed the depiction of Ukrainian family living in England, with their funny mentality and tragic story.

Contents

ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
SEVEN
EIGHT
EIGHTEEN
NINETEEN
TWENTY
TWENTYONE
TWENTYTWO
TWENTYTHREE
TWENTYFOUR
TWENTYFIVE

NINE
TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
FIFTEEN
SIXTEEN
SEVENTEEN
TWENTYSIX
TWENTYSEVEN
TWENTYEIGHT
TWENTYNINE
THIRTY
THIRTYONE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
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About the author (2006)

Marina Lewycka was born of Ukrainian parents in a refugee camp at the end of World War II and grew up in England. In the course of researching her family roots for this novel, she uncovered no fewer than three long-lost relatives.

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