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  • Author:
    Marina Lewycka
  • ISBN:
    0141044942
  • ISBN13:
    978-0141044941
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  • Publisher:
    Penguin (May 5, 2013)
  • Pages:
    367 pages
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  • Rating:
    4.6
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    476
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Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls, 1842. Various Pets. Along two sides of the floor are several glass-walled offices for the team leaders.

Various pets alive and .From among the flotsam of dead branches, plastic bottles and lost shoes, they managed to pull out an envelope addressed to Serge at Queens’ College, but all it had in it was a flyer for the Cambridge Playhouse, six months out of date. He doesn’t feel too worried, though, because Chicken came down to the trading floor today with a bottle of Veuve Clicqu.

Various Pets Alive and Dead is the wonderfully funny fourth novel from Marina Lewycka. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

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, convinced lentils and free love 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.

Why is he here? What is the meaning of life? Is there a God? What is happening to property prices in Brazil? Such questions have been preoccupying him more and more recently.

Why is he here? What is the meaning of life? Is there a God? What is happening to property prices in Brazil? Such questions have been preoccupying him more and more recently n their eyes, the other guys haven’t got the answers either. Putting all your heart and skill into running round inside a spinning hamster wheel is fine for a while, if you’re making money, but demoralising and exhausting when you’re pushing flat out and getting nowhere. The collapse of Lehman has made everything around them seem shaky and insubstantial.

Marina Lewycka's novel begins in September 2008 on the trading floor of the London stock exchange, where we meet .

Marina Lewycka's novel begins in September 2008 on the trading floor of the London stock exchange, where we meet Serge, a 28-year-old maths whiz who wears ironic Buddy Holly-style glasses and lets his parents think he is pursuing a maths PhD when in fact he is a City trader pursuing an eastern European colleague. Lewycka confidently bandies around opaque references to short selling, collateral debt obligations and the Fibonacci series, and if she is even half right about the goings-on inside financial organisations it appears that the epicentre of malpractice is located somewhere inside the disabled toilets.

Various Pets Alive and Deadis the wonderfully funny fourth novel from Marina Lewycka, author of the bestselling A.

Various Pets Alive and Deadis the wonderfully funny fourth novel from Marina Lewycka, author of the bestselling A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.

Lentils, free love, radical politics and family truths. Various Pets Alive and Dead is the wonderfully funny fourth novel from Marina Lewycka, author of the bestselling A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.

Various Pets Alive and Dead

Coiriel
Most of the `professional' critiques of this book use phrases such as `made me laugh', and `wonderfully funny'. But I don't think this book is intended to be read as a comedy. Certainly it treats its topics in an amusing way, but in the sense that we smile almost with incredibility at the events that take place. And what are the topics? Basically what happens in the world of traders of financial products - the people we often see shouting frantically into telephones. There are some other topics, such as what really happened in the communes of the 1960s; and what it's like to try to teach kids who don't want to learn. And there are some wonderful minor characters; the school caretaker for example. But it's the world of the traders that Marina Lewycka shows us with all its raw greed. You will probably think that much of what she writes cannot be true - surely people don't behave like that. And that's what makes you smile. However this is the reality of what happens to people addicted to the most dangerous drug in the world - money. These are the people who if not totally responsible, at least made a major contribution to what happened in 2008.
You must read this book. You'll thoroughly enjoy it. The more people who know what's really going on, the better chance there will be to stop it, because it's still happening today.
I would love to know if Marina Lewycka intended to educate or if she just wrote an extremely readable, enjoyable, amusing book? Either way, a great read.
Nikojas
I have read all three or four books by this author. Maybe I have read to many?
This is the first I did not recommend to my partner. Maybe it was too simple?
It just did not grab like the others. Not as deep and meaningful to me at least.
in waiting
An onion that you peel ever so slowly that ends without the tears. The characters are real and irritating yet the plot has no plot and the drift is semi-aimlessly trying tp search within whilst walking around.
Read with wine and with an acceptance that not all things have answers.
Mr.Twister
Marina Lewycka displays her usual wit with social criticism in this touching family portrait. I loved how she's able to set up major characters and their relationship using little detours to the past of the crazy life of a commune in Northern England. This book keeps jumping from one point of view to another, which allows it to explore an environment of a depressing local school, life of a mother who clings to her adult child with Down syndrome and the virtual reality of financial markets. However, I found the last the most fascinating and timely, with a family genius son Serge struggling to win his Ukrainian princess and a castle in Brazil through covert trips to a disabled bathroom of a bank in the City of London. I felt sorry every time the book jumped from the risky world of short selling and hedging to the fight for some allotment gardens that was lost from the beginning. Especially, I wish the end of Serge's adventures was a bit more developed. Otherwise, a great funny book that will make you feel both angry at the current financial system and ashamed for not calling your mother more often.
Ximathewi
This book is about me...well I guess its about all of us, about real life with all its moments. The highlights, the happy events, the sad and bad parts...all the ingrediants that make a LIFE. And its told in a lovely brilliant REAL way. I cried and laughed and LOVED this book.
MEGA FREEDY
Another great book by Marina Lewycka in her witty style. The interaction of family members and their various directions in life makes for interesting reading. Its a funny book with some serious undertones that will captivate your interest in social and economic interests as well as family and human relationships.
Tehn
Good interesting read, reviving memories of the '60's and with an up to date view on current life and its relation to the past. Ending a little weak.
Just to see Marina Lewycka's name guarantees that the reader will be not be wasting their time. I've read all of her books and each at least equals the former. This is one of those books which will have readers compelled to find that extra hour each day to read. Wonderful!