Title: Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, A
Authors: Lewycka, Marina
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 336
Year: 2006
Language: English
Description: When two estranged sisters discover that their elderly father, a Ukrainian war refugee and expert on tractors, is planning to marry a young Ukrainian woman, they put aside their differences, and embark on a spirited campaign to stop him. But as the hostilities mount, old family secrets come falling out, including the most deeply buried one of all. In the meantime, oblivious to it all, their father carries on with the great work of his dotage - a grand history of the tractor.

Comments from Groups:

A likeable book which had a myriad of undercurrents and interesting characters with different perspectives on each other. Worth reading. Te Awamutu 003

Lively discussion. All agreed they learnt more about tractors than they thought they would. Interesting family dynamics. Cromwell 005

We loved this book. Most found it funny and the main characters although appearing rather over- the-top were at the same time believable. Palmerston North 006.

Great book with a cast of amazing characters. Funny, sad, annoying yet we took them all to our hearts, even the Dad. Auckland 271

Hilarious, really enjoyed the lighthearted style and exaggerated characters. Northland 002

So many topics covered - historical events, care of the elderly, growing old, immigrants, family relationships and, of course, tractors. Tauranga 034

We particularly enjoyed the clever juxtaposition of 'tractor history' and the colourful plot with larger than life characters. Picton 002

Categories: Fiction, Humour, Relationships, What's Hot, Blind Foundation book


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By: CHCH 392 2019-01-16 15:02:26
Discussion went well. Book was enjoyed by most.

By: AUCK 171 2019-01-16 15:01:10
It was reviewed as uproariously funny (Economist), but while there were some amusing snippets especially with the broken English dialogue, the themes of elder abuse and war tragedies were paramount in our minds.

By: AUCK 255 2019-01-16 14:57:26
Our group had very different perspectives on this book. Some found it funny and could really relate to the immigrant perspective, while others found the gaps in the story frustrating, and the overall themes quite sad.

By: OHOPE 005 2019-01-16 14:55:39
An easy read, light hearted and a bit of a laugh.

By: TAIH 004 2019-01-16 14:54:25
Most enjoyed reading the book, although a few detested all characters and couldn't find any empathy. The males in our group wished there was more about tractors. Overall we thought that the author did an amazing job in her description of characters - they came alive, including all their human flaws. Good read !!!

By: LITRIV 001 2019-01-16 14:50:44
Half of our group loved this book, finding it hilarious and the characters well developed. The other half found it exaggerated, and the tractor book extracts boring. However we all liked the exploration of social issues, such as abuse of the elderly.

By: DUNED 092 2019-01-16 14:48:17
This book was enjoyed by all members of the group. The discussion questions were short and to the point, and generated good discussion. The group agreed that, although very amusing in places, the underlying current told a tale of abuse of an old man.

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