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I have just discovered 'A short history of tractors in Ukrainian'......

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AbbaFan Sun 12-Oct-08 17:40:01

....... it's a little gem isn't it.

I am really enjoying it.

My bookclub have picked 'Two Caravans' but I really wanted to read 'tractors' first.

stayinbed Sun 12-Oct-08 17:43:45

what is it about, have heard its fabulous but the title is very off putting....

SuperSillyus Sun 12-Oct-08 17:44:24

I read it and thought it was brilliant.

AbbaFan Sun 12-Oct-08 17:46:19

It's about a man in his 80's with 2 grown up daughters. The wife dies and 2 years later he marries a 36 Ukrainian woman - much to the daughters disapproval.

CoteDAzur Sun 12-Oct-08 17:46:40

It is about an old man falling for a Ukrainian bimbo who turns out to be after his money (surprise). Most of the book is about this man's senile antics, the bimbo being a bimbo, and the daughters dispairing about it all.

It was slightly funny at parts, but I didn't think it was interesting at all.

Aliensloveunderpants Sun 12-Oct-08 17:47:54

I'm afraid I didn't get on with it at all, found it dull and didn't warm to the characters. My DH and mum, however, couldn't put it down, thought it was great.

fairyfly Sun 12-Oct-08 17:49:14

Stopped reading it, but the cover is fabulous if you're a graphic design type person like me. Never judge a book by a cover unless it's for your coffee table.

BitOfFun Sun 12-Oct-08 17:54:44

I didn't really enjoy it - it started promisingly enough, but I thought from the early part of the book that it would be much funnier than it turned out to be. It kind of lost pace for me, and became a bit dreary.

Lilymaid Sun 12-Oct-08 17:56:13

I enjoyed Tractors but Two Caravans is not nearly as good.

AbbaFan Sun 12-Oct-08 17:56:23

Oh dear sad is it all down-hill from here - I am only on p138!

BitOfFun Sun 12-Oct-08 17:57:29

Well, keep an open mind, maybe I just didn't get it!

Katisha Sun 12-Oct-08 18:08:39

It was OK but I had to skim the bits about actual tractors...

fanjolina Sun 12-Oct-08 18:23:02

I couldn't finish it. I tried about 5 times then gave up.

suncassie Sun 12-Oct-08 18:41:38

Oh dear, was just about to start it. May try Missing by Susan Lewis instead. Struggling with The Standing Pool by Adam Thorpe but determined to finish it.

MingMingtheWonderPet Sun 12-Oct-08 18:45:12

I really liked it, but also skipped the bits about tractors blush - perhaps I was just not 'getting' it.

pippibluestocking Sun 12-Oct-08 18:46:57

I thought it was great, although I did skip the bits about the tractors!

pageturner Sun 12-Oct-08 18:52:55

Bits of it were funny I thought, but the bits where the younger woman was abusing the old man were disgusting. I didn't think that was funny at all.

AbbeyA Sun 12-Oct-08 19:01:03

I didn't find the abuse funny.It was amusing in parts but I was sadly disappointed.

Tillyscoutsmum Sun 12-Oct-08 19:07:29

I found it disappointing as well. Mildly amusing in places but never lived up to its promise. The tractor bit was very dull as well. At least it was short though so I didn't feel I'd "wasted" too much time on it

hotbot Sun 12-Oct-08 19:13:27

yes i also found it a bit disappointing but it passed the time , what this about 2 caravans?

herbgarden Sun 12-Oct-08 20:07:08

I loved it - liked her sense of humour and also enjoyed two caravans.

cunninghammonkey Sun 12-Oct-08 20:28:10

I laughed out loud when i read Tractors and read 2 Caravans immediately after. Tractors is my favorite - the characters were brilliant and I would love to see it made into a film.

AbbaFan Sun 12-Oct-08 20:35:13

Two Caravans is her 2nd book.

I know the 'tractor' bits are boring - but I think this just emphasies how 'boring' the old man is, therefore making the coupling even more mis-matched IYSWIM.

hotbot Sun 12-Oct-08 20:44:00

ta, abbafan,,worth a view perhaps,may bob to the library tomorrow

OrmIrian Sun 12-Oct-08 20:59:56

I liked this book. Really enjoyed it.

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