A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian

A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was bestselling author Marina Lewycka s bestselling debut novel which has sold over one million copies worldwide Lewycka tells the side splittingly funny story

  • Title: A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian
  • Author: Marina Lewycka
  • ISBN: 9780141034997
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was bestselling author Marina Lewycka s bestselling debut novel which has sold over one million copies worldwide Lewycka tells the side splittingly funny story of two feuding sisters, Vera and Nadezhda, who join forces against their father s new, gold digging girlfriend.Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with aA Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was bestselling author Marina Lewycka s bestselling debut novel which has sold over one million copies worldwide Lewycka tells the side splittingly funny story of two feuding sisters, Vera and Nadezhda, who join forces against their father s new, gold digging girlfriend.Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorc e 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 migr 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.But the sisters campaign to oust Valentina unearths family secrets, uncovers fifty years of Europe s darkest history and sends them back to roots they d much rather forget

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    About "Marina Lewycka"

    1. Marina Lewycka

      Marina Lewycka is a British novelist of Ukrainian origin, currently living in Sheffield, England.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 giving practical advice for carers of elderly people, published by the charity Age Concern.

    679 thoughts on “A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian”

    1. This reads like the author has earnestly followed some kind of How To Write a Comic Novel course.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 [...]

    2. Never before have I bought a book because of title alone. Plus, it was sandwiched between Nicholas Sparks (ughhh!) and "Eat, Pray, Love" (blerghhh!). I rescued it from this ghastly company and expected a grateful dose of funny in return.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 [...]

    3. I recently picked this book up used at my local library for $1. The cover burst advertised that it was nominated for a Man Booker Prize, and the back cover copy boasted that it was an international bestseller that was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.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 [...]

    4. I hated this book. It took me so long to read it. I was recommended this book by my friend in work who is also a big reader. We had been discussing "the 100 year old man that stepped out the window and ran away" as we had both read it and loved it. I explained how I had a soft spot for books about old men. He suggested I read this book as he said it was similar. I can see the similarities but I just hated the old man in this story.He angered me and so did his stupid daughters. I hated all the ch [...]

    5. My literary tastes revolve around two extremes - the high brow stuff and utter trash usually called something like "To Marry a Duke" and I don't find much enjoyment in the safe, middle of the road, commercial fiction. Either challenge me properly or provide with the cheapest kind of thrills. Knowing that about myself, I don't know what possessed me to suggest this book as our book group read. Not only did I force myself and everybody else to read this questionable work but also now all my recomm [...]

    6. 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 laughter, because the joke is so funny. The problem is, it is wholly in Spanish, so nobody else in the class can understand.This novel left me feeling like one of those class members.This is the story of old [...]

    7. This book had so much going for it. First: a quirky title. Second: crazy Ukrainian immigrants. Third: a love story involving horny old people. And it managed to fail miserably on all three counts.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 [...]

    8. Tractor AttractionI 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 BusinessAlthough it is set within a Ukrainian British family and it takes hilarious advantage of this fact, it reveals a lot about families gener [...]

    9. Adult sisters warring over parent(s), money, step mother etc. The extracts about the history of tractors are a gimmick that ought to have more relevance to justify its inclusion; the characters and plot are unoriginal and superficial and the attempts at humour feel lame. 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 f [...]

    10. This book has such a long blurb that I don't want to use it here. Suffice to say that it is a perfect summary of the book. But here it is for those who would like to read it as part of my review: (view spoiler)["A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was bestselling author Marina Lewycka's bestselling debut novel which has sold over one million copies worldwide. Lewycka tells the side-splittingly funny story of two feuding sisters, Vera and Nadezhda, who join forces against their father's new, [...]

    11. I picked up this book because it had rave reviews printed all over the back and inside covers about how hillarious it was. I don't know if i'm missing something but I didn't find this book funny at all. I think it dealt with alot of serious issues, and was quite educational about the history of Ukraine and the perceptions of the west. Maybe there was some black comedy element I was missing, but to me I just didn't find an old man being abused, war and people mispronouncing English words amusing. [...]

    12. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian made the Booker longlist for 2005, which is quite a feat for a debut novel - and one of the two reasons why I chose to read it. The other one is, of course, its quirky title - I just couldn't pass a book titled like that, even though I profess absolutely no knowledge of even the most rudimentary Ukrainian. My knowledge of tractors is not much better - I'm able to identify one when I see it, but that's pretty much it.A Short History of Tractors is the stor [...]

    13. This book sat on my shelf for months before I finally sat down to read it. There was no good reason for my hesitance – the book has glowing reviews and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize – for some reason it just didn’t appeal to me. You know the phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’? Well I do this, all the time, and I think that was the reason behind my mental block. My mind could not make the link between the words 'history', 'tractors', 'Ukrainian' and the comedy that the bl [...]

    14. Long listed for Man Booker, this eccentric book tells the story of how an 84 year old fell in love with a 34 year old, and got married, to the consternation of his daughters who were much older than their step mom.Valentina, the 34 year old Ukranian illegal refugee had only one aim - to become a citizen of UK and she didn't mind marrying for it. Whereas the old man, bit of a megalomaniac, fell in love and even wanted a male progeny from the union. This dark satire revolves around how his daughte [...]

    15. Tua-tua Keladi makin tua makin jadiHal 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 [...]

    16. Well this gets a big meh. It felt like paint-by-numbers noveling: take a fucked up family, add some culturally sensitive and upsetting history, intersperse it with a quirky thing one of them does. So: two embittered, estranged sisters have to work together to help save their aging father from the much younger woman who has her talons in him / parents came from the Ukraine and survived war and purges and internment camps and other horrors / dad is (when not trying to fondle his new wife's big fak [...]

    17. I was so happy to finally get a copy of this book, after coming across it in little Cosmos bookshop in St. Kilda about 2 years ago, even though I couldn't get an edition with the nicer tractor cover. I just find it tacky to print the first two sentences on the front cover, even though it is a catchy beginning.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 [...]

    18. That's what he is writing, a short history of tractors. In Ukrainian. Eighty-four years old, an engineer, a chess player and a father of two daughters, he had been recently widowed. Now he decides to marry a 36-year-old blonde Ukrainian divorcee with a teenage son and a pair of superior breasts. He knows that she wants to marry him only for his money and so that she and her son can make permanent their stay in England (where he and his family had migrated a long time ago) but he looks at her gol [...]

    19. This was a surprisingly touching book about a (very) dysfunctional family. I don't usually like this kind of book, but I was totally hooked it kept me up at night a couple of times - it's that good.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 [...]

    20. This book, despite all of its stars and reviews and etc etc was a huge disappointment. It's rare that I don't finish a book but I became so apathetic to this one that by page 180 I just left it on the floor of my room and later returned it to the library. I have no interest to know how it ends. The characters ply you for sympathy in maudlin fashion and cliches drip off every page. Here is a summary of the book: Hey! We're Ukrainian! We have a dark family past! But we're really sardonic too! Hey! [...]

    21. A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian is advertised as being an extremely comical take on family drama. The latter I can agree with. The former, maybe not so much. I had a few smiles, sure. But I never laughed out loud, which is my (maybe unnecessarily high standard) definition of a truly humorous novel. It was, however, a portrayal of the ridiculousness of the green card process (if the amount of marriages bought with the sole purpose of citizenship is any indication) and the inherent obstac [...]

    22. I think I may have actually not enjoyed this book because, and I am going to level with people here, I am prejudiced against Ukrainians.Let me just elaborate here, in order to clarify statement. Much of my family comes from the Ukraine, in one form or another. my father's mother is Ukrainian, my grandfather is from Cossac stock but the major part of my family are Ukrainian Jews, by way of Russia. And as Ukrainian culturally Russian Jews Well, let's just say that the major Ukrainian national hero [...]

    23. Thought this was a great book (despite myself). Easy to read, engaging, likeable characters and well written. The story deals with Nadia, Vera and their wayward Papa (author of the eponymous tractor book) as he deals with the death of their mother and then decides to accquire a young wife from the Ukraine. The arrival of the pneumatically breasted Valentina (part Valkyrie part 60's sex siren) throws the family into chaos and brings to light a lot of forgotten family history. Not laugh out loud f [...]

    24. Fiction. This book isn't nearly as charming as its title, which, I'll confess, is the main reason I bought it. Mostly it's about a horny, pathetic old man who is being exploited by his much younger, practically mail-order wife. I finished it, but just barely.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 [...]

    25. Dumb, dumb, dumb. I have no idea why British newspapers raved about the funniness of this book -- and I usually love British humor! But this was no David Lodge. It might have worked as a short story, but as a novel it was the same joke over and over, and it got increasingly unbelievable. Additionally, although the characters apparently spoke Ukrainian, all their conversations took place in broken English. Why would a bunch of Ukrainians get together and converse in broken English? Oh -- silly me [...]

    26. A librarian co-worker recommended this book to me, describing it as funny and quirky. She knows I come from a Polish family and frequently recommends Russian, Polish, and other Eastern European literature. I find it interesting to read as I was not brought up with any sense of E. European culture, and this book made me wonder what I would be like if I had experienced more Polish-ness. The story revolves around two sisters in their fifties who must sit back while their recently-widowed father mar [...]

    27. breve storia dell'intramontabile passione degli uomini per le belle donneun vedovo ucraino di 84 anni si invaghisce e sposa la sua badante di 36le 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 madredivertente, a tratti esilarante, incentrato tutto sullo scontro culturale tra l'idea che una badante ucra [...]

    28. One of the most enjoyable novels I've ever read: extremely funny, witty, and the Ukrainian characters are unforgettable. In fact, the book was so entertaining that I (an elitist) felt guilty because I assumed that it's the kind of novel anyone would love. So, out of curiosity I took a look at the reviews on and surprise: many reviews were quite negative. This may be explained by the fact that behind the lightness of the book hides a very serious subtext: the author, who was born of Ukrainian pa [...]

    29. This peaked at the quirky title. Any of the jokes that were vaguely amusing at the start of the quickly lost their charm as they were repeated again and again throughout. None of the characters or themes were developed in any meaningful way, and most of the attempts of humour felt cheap, unoriginal and stereotypical. All the characters in this family were bitter and petty in a way I just found infuriating rather than sympathetic or amusing. Also by the end the broken English was really grating o [...]

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