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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka If you don't know, the title is not much of a clue as to the contents. There is a book with this title, and it is every bit as dull as the title may appear, but it features in this book as it is being written by the elderly widower father in the family. His wife died & the two daughters haven't spoken since their mother's funeral. When he announces he's going to marry a woman from the Ukraine who is much younger than him, the daughters begin to overcome their differences in order to protect their father from the gold digging new wife. At times, it is a bit slapstick & stereotyped, but at others there are real emotional passages on the interactions of families and the impact that hardship has on people's views of life. The daughter born in war has a much different upbringing and experience than the daughter born in peacetime. Neither is wrong, but each is very much a product of their experiences. A interesting survey of the family dynamic and how children perceive their parents, even when they are no longer children. And I know a little more about tractors than I did...