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Ethel & Ernest

Ethel & Ernest

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It's a very personal, heartfelt story of the lives of an ordinary British couple during the years 1920-1970. The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman (1984) was a scathing denunciation of the Falklands War. B: quite a common book but usually turns up surface soiled due to it consisting of a mostly white and unvarnished dustjacket. Al principio me estaba pareciendo una historia corriente, pero gana muchísimo en su segunda mitad; con la II Guerra Mundial terminada, ha logrado hacerme reír mucho, a carcajadas en algunos momentos, y eso en un libro y en mi caso es poco corriente.

Describes a book or dust jacket that does show some signs of wear on either the binding, dust jacket or pages. There's WWII of course, the fear of the nuclear shadow, the appearance of television, the moon landing; changes that can be delivered either soberly or humorously.

In telling the story of his parents' lives, and how he entered the picture, he makes their fairly ordinary lives seem extraordinary and makes any reader feel there is part of their life in there somewhere.

The absence of the author from the pages is intriguing to me, the way he keeps himself very peripheral to his own story and really focused in on his parents, their particular way of moving through time, working, delighting, worrying, arguing and making up. His graphic novel Ethel and Ernest, which portrayed his parents' 41-year marriage, won Best Illustrated Book in the 1999 British Book Awards.The book is also social history; we see the dark days of the Second World War, the birth of the Welfare State, the advent of television and all the changes which were so exhilarating and bewildering for Ethel and Ernest. What I enjoyed about this was that it was VERY British (which of course connected with me) and that they felt so 'normal'. I understand that she wanted what was best for her son but too many people in this world try and forget their roots, and they're ashamed of them, when they really shouldn't be. As economic and political climates change and war comes and goes it becomes clear that they each have their own peculiar wisdom and short-sightedness, and to see the world through their eyes and their bickering is a delight.

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