[PDF/EPUB] Two Caravans ↠ Marina Lewycka

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  • Two Caravans
  • Marina Lewycka
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  • 09 September 2018
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Two Caravans review í eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 enjoyed this soapy novel about migrant workers in England But don t take that as a recommendation as this book would irritate uite a few of my GR friends Average friend rating is currently 225 plus two fairly positive reviews without star ratings Like this one Hmm I enjoyed it 4 stars much but would probably in a few months find myself embarrassed about the rating and remove or downgrade it so I m just not adding one in the first place Edit Nope it s the end of November now and I still want to give it 4 stars because I enjoyed it a lotI started Two Caravans a couple of days before the Booker International shadowing began I was desperate to read something with minimal pressure that I expected to enjoy which no one I knew would consider important and I wanted to see if I could read without making highlights and notes because I was starting to do my own head in with my inability to go even one Kindle screen s worth without doing both I only read a little before the longlist was announced and now Two Caravans has bookended the prize sorry as I picked it up again on the day of the announcement and finished it the day afterI m treating it as popular fiction though I think technically it would fall into the book club fiction marketing category it has multiple viewpoint switches and occasional paragraphs narrated from the point of view of a dog in all caps with no punctuation which publicity people would probably call literary It ticked a lot of boxes for what I would like from popular fiction things which are uite difficult to find in practice a strong focus on average or low paid work with or less realistic depictions of jobs and people humour and adventure but with an awareness of the grittier side of life not primarily about standard genre topics like romance crime etc but these are okay as subplotsLewycka clearly did some good research It was obvious she d been to the book s main locations across England and it was particularly impressive how closely the account of the work on chicken farms matched up to a case that was recently prosecuted More background here She also captured details like how much chicken sheds stink if you are unused to them and how the work in animal slaughter and processing is often monstrous and how people psychologically modify around it some becoming monstrous themselves but some also not Likewise having once lived with someone doing kitchen porter work that job rang true tooOne of the main problems with the book is that some of the wordforms of characters speaking English as a second language especially when they are writing sound unlikely and exaggerated and as if they are written to demonstrate the differences between characters from various countries But then having characters with written voices that sounded similar could also be a problem Towards the end of the book this decreases in the Ukrainian characters and the errors sound increasingly realistic mostly just missed articles Slavic languages don t have articles and a few words not known though the apparently unlikely errors are still present a bit in the letters written by Malawian Emmanuel I don t think Lewycka intends to mock the characters and as she seems to have some experience in frontline public services she has also written several non fiction manuals for carers I think she is inspired by types of people encountered there some of whom present for help because they don t have very good bullshit detection abilities on their own But these days a critically inclined reader could say she is generalising migrant workers as either naive or exploitative The book was first published in 2007 when British publishing and media took multiculturalism for granted social media barely existed the recession had not yet hit and there was a liberal assumption that being anti immigration was a fringe opinion that would continue to decrease Fictional characters of East European migrant workers holding opinions that were sexist or stereotypical of BAME people could read as simply realistic and these characters as good guys male and female because there wasn t the level of overt prejudice against either Eastern Europeans or PoC that is now visible via social media and party politics and there hadn t been much public conversation about the problems of replicating stereotyping via fictional characters who practise it themselves The way the Chinese girls were portrayed through the eyes of the Ukrainian characters would be considered off but their anonymity to the Ukrainians and the lack of staying in touch albeit not that much giggling seemed completely plausible based on my own experience on a course several years before this book was published which had a contingent of Chinese international students who didn t speak much English and who stuck together These days I think narrative from the Chinese girls viewpoint especially as a conclusion would be expected from the novel I tend to think of stereotyping as a near inevitable part of popular fiction outside SFF ie it s an unusual and pleasant surprise if it s not there but there is plenty about this book that I can t imagine being published by a UK literary adjacent imprint as an English language original in 2019A character from South Yorks attributes a lot of proverbs and opinions to Jimmy Binbag which is never really explained I knew someone from the same area who was always attributing similar stuff facetiously to a celebrity Jimmy I always assumed it was a personal schtick But is this some local thing Almost impossible to GoogleWeird editing decision I m sure Lewycka knows about the Black Madonna of Cz stochowa so I can only presume it was an editor who changed it to the Black Madonna of Krak w for the sake of a place British readers would have heard of or something like that A particularly religious Polish worker puts up a picture of herEnjoyed this than A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian One of my least favourite episodes in Two Caravans was when one of the characters from Tractors cropped up Motley cast of characters thrown together for a road trip is usually a winning trope for me and so it was hereVery useful review here from Alta who explains that Lewycka writes in the tradition of Russian satirists Ilf Petrov who have been recommended to me before but whom I ve not yet got round to reading Their most famous book in English to the extent they have one is The Golden CalfRead reviewed May 2019 Welcome to the Desert of the Real Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates recommendation as this book would irritate uite a few of my GR friends Average friend Dead End Bluff rating is currently 225 plus two fairly positive King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers reviews without star Factory of Death rating and Thirteen Plus One The Winnie Years #5 remove or downgrade it so I m just not adding one in the first place Edit Nope it s the end of November now and I still want to give it 4 stars because I enjoyed 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very good bullshit detection abilities on their own But these days a critically inclined The Protestant Temperament Patterns of Child Rearing Religious Experience and the Self in Early America reader could say she is generalising migrant workers as either naive or exploitative The book was first published in 2007 when British publishing and media took multiculturalism for granted social media barely existed the Some Kind of Wonderful recession had not yet hit and there was a liberal assumption that being anti immigration was a fringe opinion that would continue to decrease Fictional characters of East European migrant workers holding opinions that were sexist or stereotypical of BAME people could Cabin 28 The Keddie Murders read as simply সোনালী দিন যায় replicating stereotyping via fictional characters who practise it themselves The way the Chinese girls were portrayed through the eyes of the Ukrainian characters would be considered off but their anonymity to the Ukrainians and the lack of staying in touch albeit not that much giggling seemed completely plausible based on my own experience on a course several years before this book was published which had a contingent of Chinese international students who didn t speak much English and who stuck together These days I think narrative from the Chinese girls viewpoint especially as a conclusion would be expected from the novel I tend to think of stereotyping as a near inevitable part of popular fiction outside SFF ie it s an unusual and pleasant surprise if it s not there but there is plenty about this book that I can t imagine being published by a UK literary adjacent imprint as an English language original in 2019A character from South Yorks attributes a lot of proverbs and opinions to Jimmy Binbag which is never Native Son really explained I knew someone from the same area who was always attributing similar stuff facetiously to a celebrity Jimmy I always assumed it was a personal schtick But is this some local 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Two Caravans review í eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. 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 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 very much a critiue of captialism but also the commodification of humanity full stop I really felt for poor Irina as she was literally hunted by the crooked criminal migration agent employment consultants But eually she was leered at by men in general Other than her compatriot Andriy He almost begrudgingly takes her under his wing falls in love with her despite her representing the new Europe the new Ukraine and him representing the old There is some nice allogorical work in here The depiction of the poultry farm is graphic horrific you kind have to laugh at the black comedy or you d cry And turn vegetarian The Dog who attaches himself to this caravan the band of characters is a good touch of magic realism we see events albeit briefly but we do see them from his dog perspective Very simple to the point The narrative switches between the characters and in some senses time is irrelevant I m not sure how on one page Vitaly was picking strawberries and selling overpriced cans of beer to his comrades in the caravan the next is working for the migrant employment agency in Dover finding dodgy jobs for those fresh off the ferry from Europe dreaming the big dream of legal work in the EU I found the setting of Dover vaguely reminscent of how Bill Bryson described in Notes From A Small Island Kind of drab down on it s luck It s worth a read this one Illustrated Workbook for Self Therapy for Your Inner Critic 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 very much a critiue of captialism but also the commodification of humanity full stop I A daddy for Christmas representing the new Europe the new Ukraine and him Banned in Britain representing the old There is some nice allogorical work in here The depiction of the poultry farm is graphic horrific you kind have to laugh at the black comedy or you d cry And turn vegetarian The Dog who attaches himself to this caravan the band of characters is a good touch of magic Hour of the Beast realism we see events albeit briefly but we do see them from his dog perspective Very simple to the point The narrative switches between the characters and in some senses time is irrelevant I m not sure how on one page Vitaly was picking strawberries and selling overpriced cans of beer to his comrades in the caravan the next is working for the migrant employment agency in Dover finding dodgy jobs for those fresh off the ferry from Europe dreaming the big dream of legal work in the EU I found the setting of Dover vaguely Dictionary Of Dreams reminscent of how Bill Bryson described in Notes From A Small Island Kind of drab down on it s luck It s worth a The Love of a Latino read this one

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Two Caravans review í eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. 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 whose goal is to depict a panoramic view of the society at a certain moment in history