Two Caravans

Two Caravans From the author of the international bestseller A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian comes a tender and hilarious novel about a crew of migrant workers from three continents who are forced to flee

  • Title: Two Caravans
  • Author: Marina Lewycka
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  • Page: 387
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  • From the author of the international bestseller A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian comes a tender and hilarious novel about a crew of migrant workers from three continents who are forced to flee their English strawberry field for a journey across all of England in pursuit of their various dreams of a better future Somewhere in the heart of the green and pleasant la From the author of the international bestseller A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian comes a tender and hilarious novel about a crew of migrant workers from three continents who are forced to flee their English strawberry field for a journey across all of England in pursuit of their various dreams of a better future Somewhere in the heart of the green and pleasant land called England is a valley filled with strawberries A group of migrant workers, who hail from Eastern Europe, China, and Africa have come here to harvest them for delivery to British supermarkets, and end up living in two small trailer homes, a men s trailer and a woman s trailer They are all seeking a better life and in their different ways they are also, of course, looking for love and they ve come to England, some legally, some illegally, to find it They are supervised some would say exploited by Farmer Leaping, a red faced Englishman who treats everyone equally except for the Polish woman named Yola, the boss of the crew, who favors him with her charms in exchange for something a little extra on the side But the two are discreet, and all is harmonious in this cozy vale until the evening when Farmer Leaping s wife comes upon him and Yola and does what any woman would do in this situation She runs him down in her red sports car By the time the police arrive the migrant workers have piled into one of the trailer homes and hightailed it out of their little arcadia, thus setting off one of the most enchanting, merry, and moving picaresque journeys across the length and breadth of England since Chaucer s pilgrims set off to Canterbury Along the way, the workers fantasies about England keep rudely bumping into the ignominious, brutal, and sometimes dangerous realities of life on the margins for emigras in the new globalized labor market Some of them meet terrible ends, some give up and go back home, but for those who manage to hang in for the full course of this madcap ride, the rewards like the strawberries prove awfully sweet, especially for the young Ukrainians from opposite sides of the tracks, Andriy and Irina, whose initial mutual irritation blossoms into love.

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    1. 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 th [...]

    2. 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 more 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 [...]

    3. 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 funni [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. Die Abenteuer einer Truppe ausländischer Erdbeerpflücker in England. Sie kommen aus Polen, der Ukraine, Afrika und China, haben alle gänzlich verschiedene Lebenswege und sehr bestimmte Ansichten darüber, was im Leben wichtig ist. Irina ist eine Tochter aus gutem ukrainischem Hause, will ihr (hervorragendes) Englisch verbessern und die große Liebe mit einem romantischen Engländer finden. Andrij kommt aus einer ganz anderen Ukraine: Er ist der Sohn eines Bergarbeiters und will keinesfalls so [...]

    6. I liked this. I think it is a stronger story and more 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 ver [...]

    7. Про книжки Марини Левицької начута добрими відгуками, відтак і сама вирішила ознайомитися. Томик «Два фургони» видали у вид-ві Факт ще в далекому 2008 році. Власне вони нахабно здурили читача обкладинкою книжки, бо ж не можна уявити собі щось більш дисонанснішого аніж вінтаж [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. I enjoyed her "Short history of Tractors" probably because my family has links with the Ukraine, and many migrants both to and from the UK, so that parts of the dialogue, the attitudes and the problems resonated with me. Many of the reviews here seemed to criticise that book for not dealing with the present immigrant wave from the Eastern European countries, so that in this book Lewycka seems to have tried to address all those current problems from EE thugs, exploitation in illegal immigration, [...]

    11. I am not going to lie. This book caught my eye simply because of the title. Well, that sounded stupid, isn't that how a lot of books catch people's eyes? OK, well this title caught my eye because I am a huge Beatles fan. Now, this book has absolutely nothing to do with the Beatles, but on first review it still looked interesting.The short version: told from many different perspectives, Strawberry Fields is the story of a group of immigrants from Europe and Africa who find themselves picking stra [...]

    12. Several years ago I listened to Lewycka read from this book and I thought I was going to like it a lot. It starts very promising, with a bunch of strawberry pickers in UK (mainly Eastern Europeans, but also African and Chinese, quite a diverse cast, Hollywood should learn from this, lol), but then they part ways and the novel goes in too many different directions ("too much plenty", to quote one of the characters), some people are dropped in the first third of the novel (really, what happened to [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. breve storia dello sfruttamento delle masse socialiste al di fuori del loro paesegiovani ucraini, polacchi, africani e cinesi alla ricerca di un lavoro in Inghilterrautile dire che finiranno a raccogliere fragole nei campi per pochi spiccioli ai quali verranno detratti i "costi" per il vitto e l'alloggiola prosa è semplice e leggera, ma il dramma raccontato è reale e non so proprio come questo si possa alleggerire parlandone come di una specie di favolal'alchimia del primo libro non si è ripe [...]

    15. I really enjoyed this, I can't believe I've owned 'A short history' for years but never bothered to read it, Lewycka is a wonderful writer!! It sounds strange but I found this novel to be a lovely light hearted read although it dealt with issues like consumerism, prostitution, illegal immigrants, mass produced GMO food. I think Lewycka had a lot to say about the Western world and she managed to get her points across whilst telling an entertaining story. The characters clicked with me straight aw [...]

    16. Funny, clever writing.You will remember this book long after you've read the last page. Lewycka manages to write about terrible things with a light touch.Two Caravans is all about illegal immigrants, prostitution and exploitation. And she manages to make it funny so that we carry on reading all the way to the end.

    17. Ridiculous, stereotypical, condescending characterisation, stupid plot points and some very bad video-game like "here's your mission in this chapter" exposition, and the humour didn't work for me. On the whole, a very disappointing, if readable, book. Though I guess it's good somebody's writing approachable stuff about this subject.

    18. Like the strawberries that bring together its disparate characters, Marina Lewycka's Two Caravans is both sweet and tart, with a persistant aftertaste that rather unsettles the stomach even as it leaves you hungry for more. The 61-year-old Briton of Ukranian heritage scored a runaway hit with her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (2005). About two sisters who struggle to free their senile Ukrainian immigrant father from the clutches of a gold-digging compatriot, it won the Bo [...]

    19. Buku ini bercerita tentang sekelompok pekerja imigran yang bekerja di perkebunan stroberi di Inggris. Mereka berasal dari berbagai macam benua. Tokoh utamanya, Andriy dan Irina, berasal dari Ukraina. Juga imigran dari Polandia, negara yang kini sudah bergabung dengan Uni Eropa sehingga status imigrannya legal, Tomas, Marta, dan Yola. Ada Emanuel dari Malawi. Dua gadis beretnis Cina, yang satu dari Cina dan yang lainnya dari Malaysia. Mereka semua masing-masing datang ke Inggris dengan harapannya [...]

    20. Ultimamente leggo libri bellissimi quanto tristi: questo in particolare mi ha colpito molto per la leggerezza e allo stesso tempo la profondità con cui tratta un tema difficile come quello dello sfruttamento dei lavoratori stagionali.Irina arriva in Inghilterra dall'Ucraina, dopo un viaggio infinito in pullman: il suo sogno è quello di migliorare il suo inglese scolastico e di conoscere dal vero il Paese che ha imparato ad amare sui libri. Finisce a raccogliere fragole presso un fattore viscid [...]

    21. 'Immensely appealing. All but sings with zest for lifeuld hardly be more engaging, shrewd and winningly perceptive' Sunday Times'Extremely funny, closely observed insights, scenes of farce, tragedy and horror' The Times Literary Supplement'Hilarious and horrifying, Two Caravans is funny, clever and well observed' GuardianI think not. This is by far the worst book I read this year. ِContrary to the reviews on the cover of Two Caravans, this book was not funny at all, not engaging at all and abso [...]

    22. Two Caravans is the third book I’ve read by the author and sadly, my second disappointing read. I wholly enjoyed her first offering, but since then I haven’t been able to relate to the characters at all. Yeah, they’re interesting and all, but I’m just not that into them. The over-excited quotes on the cover don't help either. Yes, it's amusing, but 'hilarious'? Not really.Here, the author has totally lost the warmth of the original characters. You can feel that they aren’t written from [...]

    23. I thought this was an hilarious and often thought provoking read. The way in which people and chickens are treated is terrible, and makes this a rather darker story than A history of tractors in Ukrainian. A collection of economic migrants meet in a strawberry field somewhere in Kent, and are housed in the two caravans of the title. What follows is an often hilarious road trip, after a bit of trouble with the farmer and his wife, Andriy, (the Ukrainian) Tomasz, Yola, Marta,(the poles) Emmanuel, [...]

    24. i started this and wasn't really compelled to finish reading it until i was stuck in an airport without anything else to read. and that's when i unfortunately came to the bit about the chicken farm, and it spoiled the whole book for me. yes, i already know that chicken farming/processing is not pleasant or humane. that's why i read books like fast food nation, buy free range organic chicken, etc. i don't expect to have to read about it in an otherwise very 'light' book (and it wasn't necessary f [...]

    25. The curse of the second novel. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was deservedly a best-seller, short-listed for all the best literary prizes. Casting around for a sequel can't have been easy. Marina Lewycka chooses to stay with eastern European immigrants in England, but fails to deliver the narrative cohesion that Peterborough and its close-knit family environment provided for the earlier book. Two Caravans is close to being an untidy mess. Too many themes, too many ill-defined character [...]

    26. Il libro ci mette un po' a decollare, ma quando lo fa non vorresti far altro che seguire il virtuoso Andrij e l'ingenua Irina nella loro corsa attraverso l'Inghilterra. Un libro insolito, che tratta un tema molto discusso, quello dell'immigrazione clandestina. E lo fa con leggerezza, ironia e naturalezza, offrendoci uno spaccato comunque molto realistico e a tratti crudo di quello che tante persone sono costrette a subire e sopportare nella vana illusione - o speranza - di un futuro migliore, lo [...]

    27. I read 'A History of Tractors', by the same author, a while back and thoroughly enjoyed it, but alas remember little of it -the story didn't stay with me. This one will.From a scene which had me laughing out loud to one that horrified me all in the space of a paragraph. Following a band of 'immigrants' and their lives 'taking advantage' of the English system. Anyone who eats and enjoys supermarket bought chicken should read this and weep. Anyone who brands non-native workers as sponging immigran [...]

    28. A fascinating book that I am reading in tandem with Steinbeck's The a Grapes of Wrath. The story follows a very diverse group of migrants -- Ukranian, African, Polish, Chinese -- working in modern day English agriculture. The parallels with certain aspects of US migrant agricultural work are intriguing especially given the different nature of the nationalities and motivations making up the groups in the two different countries. The book itself has a wonderful dark humor which provides a vehicle [...]

    29. Marina Lewycka likes to weave a variety of themes into her very funny stories, sometimes successfully, as in A Short History of Tractors in Ukranien, sometimes less so, as in We Are All Made of Glue but she succeeds wonderfully in this novel, Two Caravans. Here, she covers pretty much the same subjects as Rose Tremain a few years ago in The Road Home but Lewycka's version is much more readable. They both feature migrant workers, mostly from eastern Europe, working for market gardeners, poultry f [...]

    30. I picked this one up because I was pretty fond of "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" (who doesn't love that title?) and I keep going back and forth as to which I liked better. I think this one tries to be more and suffers a little clunkiness as a result. It takes a while to get going and the point of view shifts can be a little confusing sometimes. However, I think it manages to hit a higher cruising altitude, even if it does reach a little beyond what it hits. I also thought of "The Jun [...]

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