Marina Lewycka - Various Pets, Alive & Dead (2nd Hand Paperback)
Marina Lewycka explores the clash of the generations in one extremely colourful family in her comic novel Various Pets Alive and Dead.
For twenty years Doro and Marcus lived in a commune . . . spliffs, lentils and free love. They would change the world.
What they did do was give their children a terror of radicalism, dirt, cooking rotas and poverty. Their daughter Clara wants nothing less conformist than her own, clean bathroom. Their son Serge hides the awkward fact that he's a banker earning loadsamoney.
So when Doro and Marcus spring a surprise on their kids - just as the world is rocked in ways they always wished for - the family is forced to confront some thorny truths about themselves . . .
Set half in Doncaster, half in London, this is a very funny riff on modern values, featuring hamsters, cockroaches, poodles, a chicken and multiplying rabbits, told by Marina Lewycka in her unique and brilliant combination of irony, farce and wit.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
- Category : Fiction - Humorous Fiction
- Published : 2012 (This Edition 2013 - Penguin)
- ISBN : 9780241965276
- SKU : B002466
- PPC : SP300gm
- RRP : £7.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"'Made me laugh at least once every chapter. Lewycka's fiction is unlike anything else around at present. The warmth of its zest, its blend of quirky, humane comedy and intellectual seriousness make this a novel to treasure' - New Statesman.
'Wonderfully funny, inventive and witty. Fizzes along from beginning to end' - Daily Express.
'Hilarious. Lewycka's trademark humour is present in abundance . . . she is not only witty but astute. A charming, beautifully observed novel' - Independent on Sunday.
'Every bit as funny as A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian' - Good Housekeeping.
Marina Lewycka is of Ukrainian origin and was born in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, during World War II.
She studied at Keele University, and has written a number of books of practical advice for carers of the elderly, published by Age Concern. She lectures in media studies at Sheffield Hallam University.
Her first novel, The Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (2005), tells of the exploits of two feuding sisters trying to save their elderly father from a Ukrainian divorcee, Valentina. This book won the 2005 Saga Award for Wit, the 2005 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction.