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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Penguin Essentials) Paperback – 2 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st Penguin Edition edition (2 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141020520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141020525
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 441 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 *

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'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamourous 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 put 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. 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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