Archive for September, 2006

Marina Lewycka: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Funny, well-written, interesting. All true. But as for funny, I’m not sure of I find domestic violence funny, not even here. As for interesting, most of the stuff about the former Soviet Union (how my teachers would have disagreed with me, if I had told them in the 1970ties I would be using those words in my lifetime) was all familiar to me, as is the way many women from there take advantage of the situation to get to West, ad well as many men in the West take advantage of the situation to get a wife — while there has, in many cases, been a good reason for their lack of wife. (Violence can go both ways.) But I don’t say my time with the book was wasted, it was enjoyable enough, and true, had one of the funniest end sentences ever.