Reading Frenzy

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Plowing through family conflicts


A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian : A Novel by Marina Lewycka

84-year-old Ukranian immigrant widower, Nikolai is in love--with a large breasted, 36-year-old gold-digging Ukranian whose visa in England is about to expire. Love and marriage transpires and the comic battle is on to separate them by Nikolai's warring daughters, Nadezhda and Vera before Valentina either murders their father or wrings every last cent out of the old man who she has bullied into submission.

Underlying this witty tale is the story of a family that survived atrocities in Russia, and of secrets that are better buried. It is the story of two sisters who come to understand their differences and the reasons behind them. The author was born of Ukrainian parents in a refugee camp in Germany at the end of the war, and grew up in England. She's a natural writer, and this first book won the Orange Prize 2005 and was a nominee for the Booker Prize.

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At 3:23 PM, Blogger Denise said...

Ha, thanks! This was on my evernote list, waiting til the reserve list shortened. I lost it in the computer fiasco last month and am happy you reminded me of it.

 
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