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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Penguin Essentials) Kindle Edition
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More than just a jolly romp with political undertones is the way it captures the peculiar flavour of Eastern European immigrant life . . . a very rich mixture indeed, as well as very enjoyable reading ― Daily Express
Funny, gritty, original ... one I adore ― Independent
Remarkable, a lovely novel ― Sunday Telegraph
An extraordinary read . . . nothing short of amazing. A rare treat, all too easy to gulp down in one greedy sitting ― Spectator
Outstanding ― Literary Review
Extremely funny ― The Times
Intelligent, lively, well written and compassionate ― Financial Times
Ploughs a rich comic furrow ― Daily Telegraph
A clever, touching story ― Economist --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Over the past 25 years Tanika has written over 25 stage plays that have been produced in major theatres across the UK and has written extensively for BBC Radio drama. Some of her theatre credits include: A Doll's House (Lyric Hammersmith) Red Dust Road - adaptation of Jackie Kay's memoir (NT Scotland) ; Bones (Central School for Speech and Drama) Hobson's Choice (Manchester Royal Exchange); Lions And Tigers (Globe Theatre. Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2018); A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Hull Truck Theatre); Midsummer Night's Dream (Globe Theatre -Dramaturg); Anita and Me (Birmingham Rep); Love N Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East); The Empress (Royal Shakespeare Company); Wah! Wah! Girls - A British Bollywood Musical (Sadler's Wells); Mindwalking (Bandbazi Theatre); Great Expectations (Watford Palace Theatre/English Touring Theatre); Meet The Mukherjees (Bolton Octagon Theatre); White Boy (National Youth Theatre/Soho Theatre); Sugar Mummies (Royal Court Theatre); Gladiator Games (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); Hobson's Choice (Young Vic); Fragile Land (Hampstead Theatre); Inside Out (Clean Break); Sanctuary, Brecht's The Good Woman Of Setzuan and The Waiting Room (National Theatre); Skeleton (Soho Theatre); and A River Sutra (Indoza).
Some of her Television credits include: Doctors, London Bridge, All About Me, EastEnders, Grange Hill, The Bill, Flight, Banglatown Banquet, Our Lives As Animals ,The Fiancee and Bideshi. Some of her Radio credits include: Trumpet, A Passage To India, Death of a Matriarch, The Home and The World, Emma, Writing The Century, Bindi Business, Song Of The Road, The God Of Small Things, Baby Farming and Ibsen's A Doll's House.
In 2008 Tanika was awarded an MBE for Services to Drama and in 2016 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Tanika has an honorary doctorate in the Arts from Chichester University and is an Honorary Fellow at Rose Bruford College and Central School of Speech and Drama. She won the James Tait Black award in 2018 for her play Lions and Tigers.
- ASIN : B002RI9PS6
- Publisher : Penguin (2 March 2006)
- Language : English
- File size : 940 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 326 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 13,554 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sensitively told without extreme malice, but also without being unrealistic about the struggles the family goes through.
It is such a quick easy read but despite dark corners of subject matter remains light and was considered a comic novel I believe. I wouldn't go that far but it was highly entertaining and very evocative.
I would recommend this book to any lover of good literary works. There are many lessons to learn from this book. Explored in a similar manner in The Lincoln Lawyer , Disciples of Fortune, it is a fascinating angle. I enjoyed reading this book, so if you are undecided, my advice is that you should pick it up and do some reading that you will remember afterwards as a worthwhile story.
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The story adds further depth looking back at the younger life of the old man and his involvement with tractors and his escape from Ukraine. I'm not a tractor enthusiast but the reference to Harry Ferguson had me smiling as he was born not far from where I live.
There are moments of humour, that is quite enjoyable, there are moments of intrigue which are interesting and there is often a tragic context about the story. I ultimately found it hard to warm to any of the characters but strangely felt like I wanted to keep reading. A good read that I wouldn't get over excited about. 3.5 stars not sure whether to go up or down.
The characters were entertainingly funny, endearing, hateful, beautiful and soul wrenching throughout evoking family life and personalities - although thankfully not generally at the extremes portrayed here.
A beautiful piece of work that I would recommend to anyone.