A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

by Marina Lewycka, | Humor |
ISBN: 1594200440 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSternschnuppe28wing of Flörsheim am Main, Hessen Germany on 10/9/2005
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingSternschnuppe28wing from Flörsheim am Main, Hessen Germany on Sunday, October 09, 2005
ein Buch der Booker Prize Shortlist 2005 und mein Beitrag zu barnhelms [roundabout] man booker prize 2005.

Dieser Eintrag ist zunächst einmal virtuell, weil ich das Buch gerade erst bestellt habe. Es wird in den nächsten zehn Tagen bei mir eintrudeln und dann als erstes von mir gelesen. Weiter geht´s dann mit:

captain carrot
pustefix
urfin
elhamisabel
Quantaqa
humptydumpty
barnhelm
Lesezeichen

Bitte schreibt, wenn Ihr eine andere Leseposition haben möchtet!

Journal Entry 2 by wingSternschnuppe28wing from Flörsheim am Main, Hessen Germany on Thursday, November 17, 2005
What an amusing and entertaining book! Marina Lewycka has hit the nerve of our time, especially when you have grannies and grandpas around, who behave and act similar to her main character. Really, this book reminded me so much on the situation at my home: My Mom and her brother caring for my grandma (86), both having very different life philosophies, and in the middle my cute sweet little grandma, who can be heart-wrenching and nerve-racking at the same time. So I first passed the book to my mother to cheer her up a little bit - the journey of the book will continue to Captain Carrot as soon as possible.

For the book: "A short history of tractors in the Ukrainian" is a booklet in the story, written by Nadezhas´s and Vera´s widowed 84-year-old father. He announces them that he intends to marry a blonde, big-breasted 30-something woman he has met in the local Ukrainian Social Club in the English town, where he lives. For the sisters it is immediately clear, that his bride is only after Western luxuries, not love and care.
A very hilarious story enfolds containing some serious background as well (Ukranian history, WWII, immigration, family secrets, sister rivival), above and over all the book is a story about the struggels in life and for happiness.

Lean back and just enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wingSternschnuppe28wing from Flörsheim am Main, Hessen Germany on Wednesday, December 28, 2005
finally left to Captain Carrot today

Journal Entry 4 by CaptainCarrot from Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, January 02, 2006
The book arrived today - my second book of the man booker prize roundabout. Thanks to Sternschnuppe 28 - but I'm afraid that the book will have to wait a bit.

Journal Entry 5 by CaptainCarrot from Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Witty, intelligent, sensible! A good read, and on top of the storyline told by Sternschnuppe 28 the bits on tractors in Nikolai Alekseevichs book are really good!
I'll send the book to pustefix on Friday.

Journal Entry 6 by pustefix from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, January 28, 2006
gestern angekommen, dankeschoen!

Journal Entry 7 by pustefix from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, February 05, 2006
I also thought this was great. The portrayal of family life in it felt real, even for me with no expereince of looking after elderly relatives. I was actually in the middle of reading something else, but I started this instead and then I just kept going.

The thing that made me laugh was when Nadia had to speak to the home office and getting nowhere. Im trying to contact some people in the immigration and nationality directorate for my research, and its true, lunar house may as well be on the moon for how difficult it is to speak to someone!

Journal Entry 8 by wingUrfinwing from Wolfsburg, Niedersachsen Germany on Friday, February 24, 2006
The book has arrived. Thank you, pustefix, for sending it.
All the JEs so far sound really nice, and I'll read the book as soon as I'm back from my skiing holiday. (Don't like to take hardcover on travel nor borrowed books.)

Journal Entry 9 by wingUrfinwing from Wolfsburg, Niedersachsen Germany on Sunday, April 09, 2006
Eventually. I´ve started reading the book.
I thought, for this weekends train journey, to read a nice book instead of work-related stuff... and I remembered this book was said to be humourous.
How I was rewarded! Until page 6 I had already laughed out twice and shed tears! And of course, there is the beetroot soup...
Dont know if I was just more emotional than usual (thus lol and tears) but I´m looking forward to reading on and finding out if the story can keep up with this promising beginning. (plus also very curious what the other JEs said and will say...)

Journal Entry 10 by wingUrfinwing from Wolfsburg, Niedersachsen Germany on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Aha!
What a ride the book took me on. It was not so much the foreground story of the fathers marriage but the dialogues between the two sisters and the piecewise discovery of the family's history that I found highly gripping. This book is, imho, very entertaining and thought-provoking, and I consider buying a copy for spreading the word ;o)
I'm so grateful to the Roundabout, as I'd probably never have picked up that book on my own account...

(posted today to elhamisabel in Hessen)

Journal Entry 11 by elhamisabel from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Monday, May 08, 2006
Recieved today. I've yet to finish "This Think of Darkness" by Harry Thompson (but only 70 or so pages left! :-D) and then I'll start with this one. As it's also a hardcover, again, it may take me a little while to finish it.

Thank you!

Journal Entry 12 by elhamisabel from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Sunday, May 14, 2006
A funny and witty way to describe one's family with its quirks and bad habits. I agree with the previous readers, it is a fun book to read and at the same time describes even serious things in a good way.

Journal Entry 13 by elhamisabel from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Thursday, June 08, 2006
Qantaqa has asked to be skipped for the moment as she's very buy and has already lots of rings with her at the moment. So I sent the book to humptydumpty today.

Journal Entry 14 by humptydumpty from Pfullingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, June 11, 2006
The Tractors have arrived, thanks! Unfortunately, I have to put them on hold for a little while as I'm currently "fully booked" with various other rings. Please have patience with me!

Journal Entry 15 by humptydumpty from Pfullingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, October 29, 2006
Ein tolles Buch: locker geschrieben scheint es anfangs ein wenig oberflächlich daher zu kommen, aber weit gefehlt: das Lachen bleibt einem dann und wann im Halse stecken... Sehr lehrreich, stets unterhaltsam, dreidimensionale Charaktere, die man schnell ins Herz schließt: dieses Buch werde ich mit Sicherheit noch einige Male verschenken. Ohne unser Karussell wäre ich vielleicht nie darauf aufmerksam geworden.

Ich habe im Forum angefragt, ob noch jemand Interesse an diesem Buch hat. Falls sich niemand meldet, machen sich die Traktoren auf die lang verdiente Rückreise nachhause. Lieben Dank!

Journal Entry 16 by wingSternschnuppe28wing from Flörsheim am Main, Hessen Germany on Tuesday, November 14, 2006
just arrived back home - sound and safe; thanks for your participation. It is nice to read that you all enjoyed the book pretty much.

Journal Entry 17 by wingSternschnuppe28wing from Flörsheim am Main, Hessen Germany on Tuesday, August 26, 2008
reist morgen als eines meiner Lieblingsbücher im Rahmen des Lieblingsbuch-Karusells zu Trinibell ;-)

Journal Entry 18 by wingTrinibellwing from Calw, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Thursday, September 04, 2008
Das kann eigentlich nur mein erstes Lieblingsbuchüberraschungskarusellbuch sein.
Ah, ist es auch! ;-)
Ich hab schon öfter davon gehört und darüber gelesen, kenne es aber noch nicht.

Journal Entry 19 by wingTrinibellwing from Calw, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Saturday, November 08, 2008
So, gestern abend zu Ende gelesen. Dass es so lange gedauert hat lag aber nicht am Buch, das möchte ich betonen, es hat nämlich viele Lieblingsbuchqualitäten.
Danke, dass ich mitlesen durfte.

Jetzt macht sich das Bucg auf den Weg zu inkling1.

Journal Entry 20 by inkling1 from Basel, Basel-Stadt Switzerland on Monday, November 10, 2008
Uups, offenbar ist es das Lieblingsbuchkarussell - und ich habe studiert bei wem ich
mich für diesen Buchring angemeldet habe ;-)
Vielen Dank- muss aber wegen Ringstaus noch etwas warten.

Journal Entry 21 by inkling1 from Basel, Basel-Stadt Switzerland on Friday, January 02, 2009
Really enjoyed that book; Lewycka describes this story as it was her own-
after finishing the book one feels somehow involved in their family affairs.

Oh, I forgot to mention the interesting compilation of tractor and war links
(I will have a look at the one or other link,too)

On it's way to kiki66; 06.01.09

P.S. having read the following journals, I may add,that I wasn't aware that this book should be "funny"- maybe that's why I enjoyed it; indeed this book is anything but funny.

Journal Entry 22 by kiki66 from Gauting, Bayern Germany on Monday, January 12, 2009
Gee, there is still a 'Lieblingsbuch' on the go...
I was wondering whether that was it :-)

Anyway, I haven't read this one - but heard a lot about it so I am quite curious!
There's just one book ahead so..


Journal Entry 23 by kiki66 from Gauting, Bayern Germany on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Well, I am sorry but I have to admit that I can't agree with the general praise...
On the whole I found the characters quite annoying.
Reminded me also sometimes a bit of 'chick-lit' topics.

But now I have read it and will give it to qantaqa either tonight at the meet-up or tomorrow at our personal meet-up...

Edited to say that qantaqa already has been once on this ring but wanted to be skipped - now the books comes again her way -
so it HAD to be :-))


Journal Entry 24 by Qantaqa from Dachau, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, February 17, 2009
So now this book has finally found me :) (even though I moved twice in the meantime). Unfortunately, I've already read it and (sorry, Sternschnuppe) didn't particularly like it (http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6327300).
Kiki will send it to the next person on the list.

Journal Entry 25 by kiki66 at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Bayern Germany on Monday, February 23, 2009

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This book is already on its way to the next reader - since sidney1 knows it as well (she'll probably write some comment after me now...)
I sent it directly to tinkaday!

Happy Travelling!

Journal Entry 26 by Tinkaday from Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Wednesday, March 04, 2009
i'm excited about starting the book. seems to have differing opinions. we'll see... :) thanks

Journal Entry 27 by Tinkaday from Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Thursday, April 30, 2009
ich hab mich leider nicht durcharbeiten koennen. irgendwie kam das Buch so gar nicht in Gang. Ich konnte mich auch in Nadezdah nicht rein versetzten und mochte sie deswegen auch nicht so wirklich. Na, was soll's. Geht naechste woche gleich weiter.

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