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Ethel & Ernest

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I gather that the author is a much loved children's author, so maybe if this would work better for fans of his work. Creo que no me equivoco si digo que casi nadie sería capaz de recordar demasiado del argumento de la película ‘Up! Ethel and Ernest follows the lives of Raymond Briggs' parents throughout the decades, with each section divided into 10 year chunks.

Stirred a variety of deeply personal emotions and prompted recognition of values and social mores I subscribed to and totally accepted many years ago. The story is a chronological progression through poignant moments in the home lives of the titular couple, from when they first meet in 1928 to their deaths in 1971. While reading it I discovered that this book is really about life, love, and how quick times are changing when it comes to history and technology. First edition, first impression, signed and warmly inscribed by Raymond Briggs in the year of publication.Although Ernest and his wife were the models for Jim and Hilda in "When the Wind Blows", they are spared the violence and devastation of a nuclear holocaust and allowed to see out their days in peace (despite an ill-placed Morrison shelter almost doing for them during World War 2). This beautifully illustrated small book captures the highs and lows of lives so ordinary that they become compulsive reading. Ogni capitolo è scandito da decenni (‘30-‘40; ‘40-‘50; ‘50-‘60; ‘60-‘70) per poi giungere al capitolo finale, che comprende solo il 1970-1971. En ella nos relata su vida familiar desde que se conocen hasta que fallecen, donde iremos viendo el paso del tiempo, los progresos, las diferencias entre ambos, etc. Un padre que apoya a los laboristas confusa pero tenazmente, y una madre cuyos ideales de decoro le hacen aborrecer la conciencia de clase que su marido no logra defender en esas disputas, porque le sale más del corazón que de la cabeza.

The book is a piece of 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.

When they first meet in 1920s London, Ethel is in her mid 30s, and working as a lady's maid for a respectable upper class family. His graphic novel Ethel and Ernest, which portrayed his parents' 41-year marriage, won Best Illustrated Book in the 1999 British Book Awards.

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