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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. 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 funniest book etc I guess this was their marketing ploy but it isn t hilarious in fact the situations the characters find themselves in would only be funny if it wasn t so true The fact that the dedication at the front of the book is to the Morecambe bay cockle pickers says it all The ending becomes absolutely ridiculous but given the content of most of the book I was willing to let it go Not a masterpiece by any means but definitely worth reading from a social standpoint

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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

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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 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 describ

  2. says:

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

  3. says:

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

  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 expanding into the East I also like the way the book is written in the voice of all of the characte

  5. says:

    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

  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 whose goa

  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 certainl

  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 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

  9. says:

    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 an

  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 “Strawbe

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