A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

by Marina Lewycka, | Humor |
ISBN: 0143036742 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 3/16/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Monday, March 16, 2009
I purchased this book at the Friends of the Library used book store in Rockville, Maryland.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, January 14, 2011
I'm reading this book now.

Journal Entry 3 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, January 23, 2011
I loved this book!

A book with the first lines as follows was sure to pull me in. “Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blond Ukrainian divorcée. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six.” What I found was an engaging, sometimes funny, other times horrifying, read.

The story begins with two sisters who have a faltering relationship trying to get a handle on why their father is importing a bride from the Ukraine. After the arrival of Valentina, the Ukrainian woman who exploded into their “lives like a fluffy pink grenade”, the sisters Nadia and Vera begin to suspect that all is not well in their father’s household. They attempt to help their father with what seem to be troubling developments, but, as often happens with elderly people, their father resists giving up control of his own situation to others even when it would be to his advantage.

What begins as a funny story soon tumbles into darker shades of difficulty faced by an elderly gentelman who, without his new bride, would be destined to live alone. Although the situations described in this novel are (hopefully) an exaggeration of what could occur in real life, they force readers to think about them as the two daughters discuss their dad’s problems in numerous and frequent telephone conversations.

Marina Lewycka’s novel was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the Orange Prize. I found this book enjoyable both for its unique, interesting story line as well as for its thought-provoking subject matter. .

Journal Entry 4 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, January 30, 2011

Released 13 yrs ago (1/30/2011 UTC) at Rockville, Maryland USA


I gave this book to a friend who lives in Catonsville, Maryland. I think she'll enjoy reading about the elderly dad who doesn't want to listen to his daughters.

Journal Entry 5 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thank you for returning this book to me!

Journal Entry 6 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Harbord House Pub in Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Released 6 yrs ago (7/2/2017 UTC) at Harbord House Pub in Toronto, Ontario Canada


This is a very special release in Harbord House in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in celebration of my trip to Canada with my husband and another dear friend (sadly, neither of whom are Bookcrossers), my meet-up with Canadian Bookcrossers and other Canadian friends, my gratitude to jessibud for her generous hospitality, and to honor of Canada's sesquicentennial. Canada Day was yesterday, July 1st.

Today I am only releasing books that I've read in the past and would recommend to others. Enjoy this book!


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Journal Entry 7 by jessibud at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, July 2, 2017
Thank you, SqueakyChu, for this book. I have heard many good comments about it and will read it, hopefully before the next meetup so it can continue its travels among our Canadian group.

After 10 (or more?) years of Bookcrossing friendship, finally meeting you in person felt more like a reunion than a first-time meeting!

Journal Entry 8 by jessibud at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, August 22, 2017
I am trying to be realistic about my toppling TBR mountains. I am barely keeping up with the few challenges I am participating in over on Library Thing, plus I am also trying to get through the books on my shelves and bedside table. I don't hear this one calling out to me as loudly as some others so I will bring it to our mini-meetup tomorrow and perhaps it will travel again. We are welcoming a visiting bookcrosser from Norway!!

Journal Entry 9 by miss-efficiency at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Thursday, August 24, 2017
The unusual title of this book caught my attention at our BookCrossing lunch yesterday.

Journal Entry 10 by miss-efficiency at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, September 26, 2022
Read this while on vacation this summer. I no longer feel guilty about this having languished on my shelf for awhile, as I read it at the perfect moment. The story hit home because my siblings and I are navigating similar issues with our parents, though thankfully not as dramatic!

Left on the community bookshelf of the Airbnb where I stayed in British Columbia.

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