30 October 2006

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Dear readers,

I am back this week (after some training) with a book review. I'd like to tell you about this little jewel: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, written by Maria Lewycka. It has been published by Penguin Books, and is easily affordable anywhere in Europe.

The book is all together mean, hilarious, melancholic, ranting, tender and many other qualificatives could apply. The story, in short and without spoiling your pleasure too much, is pretty simple. An old Ukrainian man, living in the UK, father of two sisters is trying to remary with a young blond Ukrainian woman, shortly arrived in England. The whole thing turns to a catastrophic farce when the daughters try to stop what they see as a treason of their dead mother as well as an attempt to abuse their father! In the meantime, the father is writing what should become his life work... A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.

Buy it, read it, believe me, you won't be disappointed.

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