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  1. says:

    This is a respectable follow up from her first book, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian I don t know why I d describe it as light, when it involves prostitution, minimum wage, exploitation of unskilled workers, not to mention the battery chicken farm episode which has put me off eating poultry for at least the next week The East European accents may grate after a while, and some of the charming illegal immigrant workers are bordering on stereotypes, as are the pantomime baddies But there are lots of astute points in there about immigration, Western consumerism, relationships, etc etc Not to mention an accurate insight into a dog s mind ahh, poor dog that was one of the sad bits Perhaps the summer strawberry picking was a bit unrealistic too she never mentions rain, it s all a bit Famous Five like only on a sliced white bread diet Oh, and Marta s inventive cooking on a limited budget had my mouth watering Nice light easy read but some food for thought in there too.

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    I enjoyed this soapy novel about migrant workers in England But don t take that as a recommendation, as this book would irritate quite a few of my GR friends Average friend rating is currently 2.25, plus two fairly positive reviews without star ratings Like this one Hmm I enjoyed it 4 stars much but would probably, in a few months, find myself embarrassed about the rating and remove or downgrade it, so I m just not adding one in the first place Edit Nope, it s the end of November now, and I still want to give it 4 stars because I enjoyed it a lot I started Two Caravans a couple of days before the Booker International shadowing began I was desperate to read something with minimal pressure, that I expected to enjoy, which no one I knew would consider important and I wanted to see if I could read without making highlights and notes, because I was starting to do my own head in with my inability to go even one Kindle screen s worth without doing both I only read a little before the longlist was announced, and now Two Caravans has bookended the prize sorry , as I picked it up again on the day of the announcement, and finished it the day after.I m treating it as popular fiction, though I think technically it would fall into the book club fiction marketing category it has multiple viewpoint switches and occasional paragraphs narrated from the point of view of a dog, in all caps with no punctuation, which publicity people would probably call literary It ticked a lot of boxes for what I would like from popular fiction, things which are quite difficult to find in practice a strong focus on average or low paid work with or less realistic depictions of jobs and people humour and adventure but with an awareness of the grittier side of life not primarily about standard genre topics like romance, crime etc, but these are okay as subplots.Lewycka clearly did some good research It was obvious she d been to the book s main locations across England, and it was particularly impressive how closely the account of the work on chicken farms matched up to a case that was recently prosecuted More background here She also captured details like how much chicken sheds stink if you are unused to them, and how the work in animal slaughter and processing is often monstrous, and how people psychologically modify around it, some becoming monstrous themselves but some also not Likewise, having once lived with someone doing kitchen porter work, that job rang true too.One of the main problems with the book is that some of the wordforms of characters speaking English as a second language especially when they are writing sound unlikely and exaggerated, and as if they are written to demonstrate the differences between characters from various countries But then having characters with written voices that sounded similar could also be a problem Towards the end of the book this decreases in the Ukrainian characters, and the errors sound increasingly realistic, mostly just missed articles Slavic languages don t have articles and a few words not known though the apparently unlikely errors are still present a bit in the letters written by Malawian Emmanuel I don t think Lewycka intends to mock the characters, and as she seems to have some experience in frontline public services she has also written several non fiction manuals for carers , I think she is inspired by types of people encountered there, some of whom present for help because they don t have very good bullshit detection abilities on their own But these days a critically inclined reader could say she is generalising migrant workers as either naive or exploitative The book was first published in 2007, when British publishing and media took multiculturalism for granted, social media barely existed, the recession had not yet hit, and there was a liberal assumption that being anti immigration was a fringe opinion that would continue to decrease Fictional characters of East European migrant workers holding opinions that were sexist, or stereotypical of BAME people, could read as simply realistic, and these characters as good guys male and female because there wasn t the level of overt prejudice against either Eastern Europeans or PoC that is now visible via social media and party politics, and there hadn t been much public conversation about the problems of replicating stereotyping via fictional characters who practise it themselves The way the Chinese girls were portrayed through the eyes of the Ukrainian characters would be considered off, but their anonymity to the Ukrainians, and the lack of staying in touch albeit not that much giggling seemed completely plausible based on my own experience on a course several years before this book was published which had a contingent of Chinese international students who didn t speak much English and who stuck together These days I think narrative from the Chinese girls viewpoint, especially as a conclusion, would be expected from the novel I tend to think of stereotyping as a near inevitable part of popular fiction outside SFF i.e it s an unusual and pleasant surprise if it s not there but there is plenty about this book that I can t imagine being published by a UK literary adjacent imprint, as an English language original, in 2019.A character from South Yorks attributes a lot of proverbs and opinions to Jimmy Binbag , which is never really explained I knew someone from the same area who was always attributing similar stuff facetiously to a celebrity Jimmy I always assumed it was a personal schtick But is this some local thing Almost impossible to Google.Weird editing decision I m sure Lewycka knows about the Black Madonna of Cz stochowa, so I can only presume it was an editor who changed it to the Black Madonna of Krak w, for the sake of a place British readers would have heard of, or something like that A particularly religious Polish worker puts up a picture of her Enjoyed this than A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian One of my least favourite episodes in Two Caravans was when one of the characters from Tractors cropped up Motley cast of characters thrown together for a road trip is usually a winning trope for me and so it was here.Very useful review here from Alta, who explains that Lewycka writes in the tradition of Russian satirists Ilf Petrov who have been recommended to me before but whom I ve not yet got round to reading Their most famous book in English, to the extent they have one, is The Golden Calf Read reviewed May 2019.

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    I think Lewycka is incredible she manages to write a novel about illegal immigrants, prostitution, exploitation, battery farming chickens and make it funny without ever diminishing the horror in fact it s because it s fun that we don t turn away or stop reading because it s unbearable I thought the characters were wonderful and varied and the scenes likely to win people over than a mass of outraged journalism or cold statistics And the characters just go on living the humour doesn t allow us to see them as victims even though we can feel sorry for them Brilliant I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed White Teeth.

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    This story explores the experiences of a random group of Eastern European immigrant workers in the UK It very cleverly captures the changes that have occurred in the UK over the last 5 years since Europe started expanding into the East I also like the way the book is written in the voice of all of the characters involved except for the dog which is just plain stupid I was thoroughly confused by all of the comments that covered the book from the press about how it was hilarious , the funniest book etc I guess this was their marketing ploy but it isn t hilarious, in fact the situations the characters find themselves in would only be funny if it wasn t so true The fact that the dedication at the front of the book is to the Morecambe bay cockle pickers says it all The ending becomes absolutely ridiculous but given the content of most of the book, I was willing to let it go Not a masterpiece by any means but definitely worth reading from a social standpoint.

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    First, let me say, that despite what the cover of Two Caravans says, this book is not hilarious, nor is it funny In fact, it is mostly sad and depressing I can see that Two Caravans tries to be funny, but it fails for four major reasons.One The characters are rather flat and cliched.Two The subject matter isn t funny.Three It is trying way too hard the dog s dialogue, I didn t even read it.Four Any book that explains, in detail, the killing of chickens and other animals isn t funny It s sad I actually believe that the quotes on the book s cover are made up Perhaps I would have found this book better if I lived Europe Maybe if I was from Europe, the subtleties of the immigrant strawberry picking politics would have been funny Not being from Europe though, I found myself just hoping that the next chapter would be better than the last Alas, I finished the book and it never got better.I don t recommend this book.

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    Not quite as good as the author s first novel, but still very engaging Written in the tradition of Ilf s and Petrov s satirical novels The Twelve Chairs and The Golden Calf The reviewers who have criticized Marina Lewycka don t know HOW to read a novel any novel needs to be read within the tradition s it comes from When Lewycka introduces a lot of characters whom she later abandons, she follows the above tradition, whose goal is to depict a panoramic view of the society at a certain moment in history.

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    This book ticked a lot of boxes for me I loved it.It s not the easiest read owing to the mix of third person and first person points of view one of the first person POVs is that of a dog first canine perhaps.But it s certainly worth sticking to it because it allows the reader to get inside a number of heads and find out what makes them tick and see the world through their eyes through the filter of their knowledge.This books plumbs the depths and goes to some squallid places that can make us feel ashamed to be part of the human race.But it also has some splendid comic moments.To my mind, that s what makes a great writer the ability to go from light to dark again and back to light again There s no black, no white, just lots of shades of interesting grey.I also like that this book was written to no formula that I know It s original A breath of fresh air.

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    I liked this I think it is a stronger story and interestingly written structured than the History of Tractors book read in Spain, 2006, but that s a complete aside Sure, this is whimisical with migrant workers picking strawberries in Kent, living in caravans but there s a dark undercurrent to the tale Exploitation, poor working conditions, Eastern Euro cultures struggling to part from the communist past but taking with them the worst excesses of capitalism I saw the book as very much a critique of captialism but also the commodification of humanity full stop I really felt for poor Irina as she was literally hunted by the crooked, criminal migration agent employment consultants But equally she was leered at by men in general Other than her compatriot Andriy He almost begrudgingly takes her under his wing falls in love with her, despite her representing the new Europe, the new Ukraine and him representing the old There is some nice allogorical work in here The depiction of the poultry farm is graphic, horrific you kind have to laugh at the black comedy or you d cry And turn vegetarian The Dog who attaches himself to this caravan the band of characters is a good touch of magic realism we see events, albeit briefly, but we do see them from his dog perspective Very simple to the point The narrative switches between the characters and in some senses time is irrelevant I m not sure how on one page Vitaly was picking strawberries and selling overpriced cans of beer to his comrades in the caravan the next is working for the migrant employment agency in Dover finding dodgy jobs for those fresh off the ferry from Europe, dreaming the big dream of legal work in the EU I found the setting of Dover vaguely reminscent of how Bill Bryson described in Notes From A Small Island Kind of drab down on it s luck It s worth a read, this one.

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    Magnificent Utterly charming, relentlessly thought provoking, delightfully fashioned The story of a rag tag company of immigrant strawberry pickers is told via a kaleidescope of tale tellers Each character, including a mythically perfect dog named Dog, has a distinctive voice and a strong world view Each character is flawed, but each takes a turn narrating and showing the reader the world as he or she sees it It is a world full of happiness and beauty much loved, side by side with horrific images of exploitation, suffering, and fear The characters all wish for Goethe s the best of all possible worlds and each tries to fashion such a world Despite some heavy subject matter, the light hand of the author keeps the story flowing merrily along and there are tremendous moments of comedy.

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    In honor of my wedding anniversary, I thought I d update one of my older reviews that I consider a classic love story The one I picked is Marina Lewycka s second novel Two Caravans, which American audiences you may know as Strawberry Fields While this book isn t quite as good as her debut novel, it certainly is fun You can read my revised review on my blog here.