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Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka

About the book

The follow up to her hugely popular first novel presents a Canterbury Tales inspired picaresque that 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 compassion, 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.

Reviewed by  KYC Ladies Reading Group:

Lively and humorous with good descriptions. Described the plight of immigrants well, but the plot became disjointed after the first few chapters. Thought provoking but rather incredible in parts.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka”

  1. Most of our group did not find the book funny. The style was hard to follow and the change of characters confusing at times. One person did appreciate the humour and the felt the subject of illegal immigrant workers was highlighted because of the humour. The group averaged a score of 3. We felt that this book was not a good as the author’s first one, or third book.

  2. Review by Locks Heath U3A Book Group 2
    The group thoroughly enjoyed this book describing it as witty yet funny at times with a perceptive insight into the life of the immigrant worker. It also has some scenes of horror well related.
    Star rating: ****

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