Various Pets Alive and Dead

A post by Margot.

My third pick on the bingo board was humour genre and I chose Marina Lewycka’s    ‘Various pets alive and dead’.

I have read her first book ‘ A short history of tractors in Ukranian’ and loved it and this one is no less inventive and a good read. The story revolves around a family who lived in a commune in Doncaster for 30 odd years. It’s narrated by most of the family members in turn and follows them as they embark on rather different lifestyles along with various pets.  The son’s foray into the world of venture capitalism, the stock market and city traders is funny and fascinating and would horrify his parents if they knew. His sister is a teacher and lives in a spotless, minimalist new flat. The younger sister, who has Down’s syndrome, wants to leave home and fend for herself.

I like Lewycka’s writing and judging from the acknowledgements at the back of the book,  it was well researched.

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