A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewycka

The author has a homepage (http://marinalewycka.com/) bur apparently it's not functioning. Read about her here: http://literature.britishcouncil.org/marina-lewycka.

And the book: http://www.threemonkeysonline.com/where-tragedy-tractors-and-comedy-meet-marina-lewycka-in-interview/

Regards,

Oscar

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  • louise j.

    I really enjoyed this book and its underlying theme - that we are products of our environment. The end was poignant when we found out why characters behaved in the way they did.

    January 31, 2013

    • Ignacio R.

      Thanks. It is a witty idea! The characters are product of their environment and at the same time they make an effort to adapt or modify it in a very skillful way.
      Ludmilla married Nikolai because she needed a way out and time later she stayed with him for her daughter's sake. History repeats itself when Valentina married Nikolai because she wanted a visa and a work permit.
      Nikolai and Ludmilla belong to a whole generation of survivors. Anyone in same situation would have done the same thing: to escape, to forget and build a bearable past. A family history full of silences that Nadia, the youngest daughter wants to discover…

      February 3, 2013

    • louise j.

      Glad a few people seem to be more positive about the book now. Thought I was the only one!

      February 3, 2013

  • Ignacio R.

    Probably it was not the reading of the book what inspired us to speak more but I had a good time.

    1 · February 1, 2013

  • Galia R.

    It was fun as always - it's good to see a lot of people coming to the meetup!

    January 31, 2013

  • Ruth H.

    Despite the noise, we enjoyed the conversation , thanks all, Ruth and Bill

    January 31, 2013

    • Renée

      Me too. A pleasant evening.

      January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all who came yesterday. I apologize for the noise we had to endure in the cafeteria. At the last minute they changed our table and put us downstairs due to the football match. At the end we split the discussion and I had an interesting chat with some of you about some topics covered in the book. Next time we'll be upstairs, much better. By the way, I've told that Auster's Winter Journal is very good. See you in February!

    January 31, 2013

  • Alanna

    Unfortunately, I have to go out of town overnight Wednesday so will not now be able to attend. Sorry. Have read the book and thought it was ok but not as hilarious as some critics suggested.

    January 29, 2013

  • louise j.

    Hello Renee,
    Could I borrow your copy?
    Thanks, Louise

    January 8, 2013

    • Renée

      Sure Louise. Call me at[masked] to set a time to meet. Renee

      January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have finished reading the book and I can lend it no anybody who wants it.

    January 2, 2013

    • Renée

      I have also finished it and can lend it. Renee

      January 3, 2013

    • Galia R.

      Oscar can I borrow your book then? Thank you, Galia

      January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, I am new to Barcelona so I would be very grateful if somebody could recommend to me a nice English library here, preferably open on weekends too. The same goes for a cheap bookshop with used books. Thanks to anybody who replies:)

    December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,

    I must apologise for a mistake I made. I didn't include the book In One Person by John Irving, that was suggested by two members of the group. I am sorry for that! I will include it in the list for February.

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    November 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Laura, you can suggest Auster's book for February, I'm sorry but the poll already started. Regards!

    November 16, 2012

  • Laura C.

    Can I suggest Winter's Journal by Paul Auster? I've tried to answer the mails from my mobile phone, but I couldn't. I don't like the other books...

    November 16, 2012

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