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Book Two.

I got hold of this book through Book Crossing. I was drawn to it because of the quirky art and seemingly-random title. And… it was pretty funny. Nikolai is an 84-year-old widow who marries Valentina to help her acquire a British visa, and he gets much more than he bargained for. Nikolai is a hilarious character and was pretty much solely responsible for the moments i laughed out loud.

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Dhamaka says:

I heard this on the radio a while ago. Really enjoyed it, must read it

14th Jan 2013, 19:55

swamprose says:

I liked the The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and his stuff before that, but since then, hey, he's writing for Disney...there are better writers.

15th Jan 2013, 01:24

Wendle says:

Swamprose, think there's a mix up. The Yiddish Policemen's Union is by Michael Chabon. This book is by Marina Lewycka ;)

16th Jan 2013, 16:25

swamprose says:

facepalm. I'll give her a go.

16th Jan 2013, 16:35

Wendle says:

I could send you this copy if you want. It's what book crossing is about :)

16th Jan 2013, 17:03