A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

In this tale of two generations and cultures, one Ukrainian mother never forgot the hunger she faced under Stalin even after immigrating. The famine she experienced decades ago is still real in her new county.

“She knew – and this knowledge never left her throughout her fifty years of life in England, and then seeped from her into the hearts of her children – she knew for certain that behind the piled-high shelves and abundantly stocked counters of Tesco and the Co-op, hunger still prowls with his skelatal frame and gaping eyes, waiting to grab you the moment you are off your guard.”

This novel by Marina Lewycka mixes memorable characters and humor with difficult family issues. Also, I learned a little about tractors…

One comment

  • Anonymous
    February 11, 2008 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    This mother never forgets what it is to know hunger and it changes her forever. Such severe deprivation makes it impossible for her to ever take food for granted. This is a gripping sentence.

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