Two Caravans

Two Caravans

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In the idyll of the English countryside, on a beautiful summer's evening in a Kent field, and around their two caravans, a little group of strawberry pickers is getting ready to celebrate a birthday. But who picks our strawberries these days? The Ukrainians: Irina, just off the coach from Kiev, and eager to improve her excellent English and find true love with a romantic Englishman; Andriy, the miner's son from the other Ukraine; the Poles: Bob Dylan fan, Tomasz, (whose smelly trainers will soon punish those in the men's caravan), Yola, the petite, voluptuous gangmistress and her religious niece Marta, who finds the wild mushrooms to cook with the sliced loaf; then there is Vitaly, king of the new mobilfon world of the shiny new Eastern Europe; two Chinese girls; Emanuel, the round eyed eighteen-year-old from Malawi, come to England to look for his sister. And although he can't exactly help pick strawberries, there's also the Dog... But these are a group leading dangerous lives - exploitative employers, British regulations and gang masters with guns will all threaten their existence as they take to the caravan road until each of them peels off to find their destiny. Hilarious, gritty, moving, and slapstick by turns, "Two Caravans" has every bit of the extraordinary distinctiveness and wit and heart that made "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" so successful.
Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Fig Tree, 2007.
ISBN: 9780670916382
0670916382
9780670916375
0670916374
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lewycka, Marina 1946- Strawberry fields.
Alternative Title: 2 caravans

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liza
Nov 09, 2008

loved it! very funny, grotesque, life of Eastern European immigrants in Britain today

samdog123 Mar 04, 2008

A disappointing second novel from the author of A short history of tractors in the Ukraine, which was one of our book club selections last year. This was hard slogging all the way...I'd pass if I were you...

nellie Oct 31, 2007

At first this book was a good laugh, especially when the author uses dialogue using an immigrant's mother-tongue phrase -- e.g. "Devil's bum." After a while, one realizes that the author is exposing the rotten side of the life of immigrants to England, and how they're taken advantage of. The author connects one of her characters from "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian."

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