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Is also a biting satire of economic exploitation When a ragtag international crew of migrant workers is forced to flee the strawberry fields they have been working in they set off across England looking for employment Displaying the same sense of comp. 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 reasonsOne The characters are rather flat and clichedTwo The subject matter isn t funnyThree It is trying way too hard the dog s dialogue I didn t even read itFour Any book that explains in detail the killing of chickens and other animals isn t funny It s sad I actually believe that the uotes on the book s cover are made upPerhaps 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 betterI don t recommend this book

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Two Caravans

Assion social outrage and gift for hilarity that she showed in A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian Marina Lewycka chronicles their bumpy road trip with a tender affection for her downtrodden characters and their search for a taste of the good life. This book ticked a lot of boxes for me I loved itIt 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 perhapsBut 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 knowledgeThis books plumbs the depths and goes to some suallid places that can make us feel ashamed to be part of the human raceBut it also has some splendid comic momentsTo 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 greyI also like that this book was written to no formula that I know It s original A breath of fresh air

Marina Lewycka ´ 7 review

Also published as Strawberry FieldsThe bestselling author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is back with an effervescent comedy The New Yorker The follow up to her hugely popular first novel presents a Canterbury Tales inspired picaresue that. 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 BrilliantI would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed White Teeth


10 thoughts on “Two Caravans

  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

  2. says:

    I think Lewycka is incredible she manages to write a novel about illegal immigrants prostitution exploitation battery farming chick

  3. says:

    I enjoyed this soapy novel about migrant workers in England But don't take that as a recommendation as this book would ir

  4. says:

    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

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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 reasonsOne The characters are rather flat and clichedTwo The subject matter isn't funnyThree It is trying way too hard the dog's dialogue I didn't even read itFour Any book that explains in detail the killing of chicken

  6. says:

    Not uite 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 traditionsit comes from When Lewycka introduces a lot of characters whom she later abandons she follows the above tradition w

  7. says:

    This book ticked a lot of boxes for me I loved itIt'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

  8. says:

    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 Ken

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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

  10. says:

    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 uite as good as her debut novel it certainl