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When she's not editing online articles about adhesives, Georgie is penning her hilariously bad romantic novel 'The Splattered Heart' and dreaming of lantern-jawed heroes. There are some very funny moments but, as with Marina Lewycka's previous book, Two Caravans, there's a serious side as well.
After being named as her next of kin when Mrs Shapiro goes into hospital, Georgie unravels her neighbour's history through a series of hidden letters and photographs, spanning the rise of Hitler and the Arab-Israeli conflict, with some pretty shocking discoveries along the way.
Mrs Shapiro is a wonderfully colourful creation and Marina Lewycka's brilliant ear for dialogue is very much in evidence. Unfortunately there's no 'Dog' this time, but there are plenty of cats to keep animal lovers happy (I loved 'Wonder Boy').
After being a bit underwhelmed by Tractors (I blame the hype) but loving Caravans, I wasn't sure what to expect this time, but on the evidence of her latest book Marina Lewycka gets better and better. The 'message' is perhaps a little cheesy - something to do with the 'glue' that holds us all together - but totally forgivable as the endearing characters and gentle humour made this a really entertaining and uplifting read.
I love the subtle homour....it's hard to give an example without blowing the plot but a suitably ditzy would-be novelist befriends an insane 'lady' of indeterminate age and origin and has to poke around her gruesomely smelly house - incontinent old ladies/many cats etc...the bathroom is suitably disgusting but, a fairy Godmother social worker dismisses the appalling state with a kindly "There's no accounting for cultural diversity"...a quote I'll memorise and use again I am sure.
We're back to a "single family" cast here, or at least a family which is getting steadily weirder plus a very weird old lady who has a touching history (or does she?). The weird old lady maybe owes a little too much to Alan Bennett's Lady in the Van (Miss Shepherd, a real person whose story is told in The Lady In The Van) but is pretty much believable, as is her struggle with the Forces of Darkness in the form of Social Services - the internal power struggles within Social Services are especially funny. I'd recommend trying this one, even if you tried "Tractors", didn't like it, and didn't bother with "Caravans" on the strength of that.
This book is both serious and hilarious and celebrates the triumph of the individual over greed and callous officialdom.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a not totally satisfactory book, with some rather unconvincing themes about adhesives which threaten to become irritating. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Enthusiast
Oh I loved this book. Suspend disbelief and step into Georgie's world. A slightly fantastical, wonky world - and some truly wonky characters - but one where it's ok to be a bit... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tony Anderson
Amusing book with some well researched facts. Descriptions were so good you could SMELL it!! Loved the characters.Published 5 months ago by sue watson
After a lucky encounter with Marina Lewycka's "Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" which I thoroughly enjoyed, I sought out her other books such as this one and was not... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MARK HABERFIELD
This Has to be the authors best work in my opinion. Funny yet sad in places. For me the setting for the story was familiar territory of isling tonPublished 7 months ago by C. Strickland-scott
It's hard to review this book, as I enjoyed some parts, but also felt that it was trying to be too many things while failing to fully achieve any of them. Read morePublished 7 months ago by DubaiReader
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