The Lubetkin Legacy is another mad sprawling story from Marina Lewycka. Berthold lives with his elderly mother in Madeley Court, a tower block built by the celebrated architect Lubetkin. She is adamant that Berthold should not lose the flat when she dies so he enlists Inna, his mother's neighbour in the hospital ward in a madcap scheme to impersonate his mother so he can inherit the tenancy. Intertwined with Berthold's story is that of Violet, a young woman temporarily living in the flat next door who has just started a job with a large insurance firm. These two threads mingle, but never completely cohere - it does feel a bit like there are two separate books trying to get out.
It's a rambling farce of a story, populated by characters from every corner of the globe. Underlying it all though is a thread of anger - at the bedroom tax, at benefit sanctions, about corruption, zero hours contracts, the exploitation of the poor.
It's all quite bonkers and great fun, but it's also a bit rambling and confused. Good, but not her best.
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Madcap and ramblingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2017
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Ukrainian games againReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 September 2016
I have loved Lewycka's previous books but I was a bit disappointed in this one. We follow various characters but I never really got a hold and liked any of them. The Ukrainian woman seems to be dragged din just to provide us with humour. And what , of what happened at the end- suddenly everything neatly tied up with no real character involvement. Did the author just think- help done enough pages now? Especially from the Keyan angle, I won't spoil it. Its readable but disappointing.
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A Good ReadReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 June 2017
I love Marina Lewycka books. I love her style of writing and this does not disappoint. Bertie adopts an old lady in hospital after his mother dies, in order to hang on to his council flat. Of course, nothing goes smoothly and the result is a very funny story!
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Not her bestReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 May 2017
Nice little romp, good for a holiday read with some laugh out loud moments but the characters are stereotypical which makes for an uncomfortable read at times. This book is not her best by a long shot.
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Huge funReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 May 2016
I've much enjoyed this writer's books and this one doesn't disappoint. She has a delightful way of addressing social and political issues while putting them into context via a plethora of minutely observed characters...I will really miss Violet, Bertie and Legless Len. Charming and touching...
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