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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 Essential but Unplanned 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

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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

Marina Lewycka æ 5 Summary

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 Plague Harvest you kind have to laugh at the black comedy or How Not to F*** Them Up 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