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Clarissa Emiria

Copenhagen, Denmark | Member Since 2012

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  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marina Lewycka
    • Narrated By Siân Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside. Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must put aside a lifetime of feuding to save their émigré engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina.

    John S. says: "Audio's the way to go here"
    "Ukranian is NOT my strong suit...."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian the most enjoyable?

    I especially enjoyed the narrator's characterizations, and I feel very blessed that I can read along in my paperback copy of the book, when she breaks out the accents :-D


    What other book might you compare A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian to and why?

    I will not compare it to any other book, none springs to mind, to be honest.... It seems like one of a kind, to me...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My humor may be a tad on the morbid side, but I found some of the passages very entertaining, the way they were told were hilarious to me, and I laughed out loud, even on the bus... :-)

    That said, I do not condone abuse and mistreatment of the elders...


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