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All of the characters are wonderful; even some of the minor supporting characters are fully realized people.
Anyway, I highly recommend this book -- I have already purchased multiple copies and sent to family and friends....it's extremely touching and worth a read.
In any case, I do not like books mark as bad, horrible, stupid, unnecessary, because I think that any, even those "worst", has their own charm and value.
When Nikolai, an 84 year old Ukrainian immigrant living in England, tells his daughter, Nadezhda, that he is going to marry a woman in her 30's, all hell opens up. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bonnie Brody
As an American reader, I tripped over some of the British idioms & needed a dictionary on hand to know what some of the things were. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nlc
This is a charming novel about refugees, no longer young, doing things which seem stupid. As the story unfolds, we learn of the terrible privation the characters went through in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffrey Huntington
I'm sorry to say, but I stopped reading it before it got good according to the bookclub folks. I'll go back and give it another try.Published 4 months ago by Jane C Harrell
After hearing so many good things about this novel, I was very disappointed. I didn't think it was remotely funny, nor that memorable or particularly well-written. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
I thought the book dragged at times and wondered what the theme/point was. I ended up skipping most of the history of tractors dialogue in hopes of discovering what the next story... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joan L Springer-Wellman
This book was chosen by my book club. A member had read it and suggested it. I really liked it. An easy read and a page turner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rosemary Renn