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Ethel & Ernest

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Read about how Ethel always fusses over him as mothers always will, while Ernest moderates as fathers always will. Seeing the world change in oh so many ways, making the best of everything, sticking together for better and for worse. While reading this book it brought nostalgic feelings for me and my family and I appreciate how much my grandparents had to go through so much being immigrants in a foreign country, getting a job and trying to provide food and clothes from my mother and her siblings. Ethel, at first a lady's maid, with middle-class aspirations and firm notions of respectable behaviour, becomes a housewife when she marries, and later becomes a clerk in an office during the Second World War. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

This graphic novel for adults covers the lives of Raymond Briggs parents from when they first met to their deaths. Book in VG condition with small neat gift inscriptions jacket with a bit of wear and two closed tears to rear. He always knew where he came from and in this respect, he was a completely grounded character who warmed my heart.I loved the art and colors in this one, and was delighted by the clear affection the author has for his parents. The reason this does not get a higher rating is that this is a very specific story about a certain, albeit lovely, couple, and I'm not sure why anyone not family would really care about them. Joan Didion did it well in The Year of Magical Thinking, but she didn't have to draw a picture of her father on his deathbed. This couple isn't famous or wealthy or anything too out of the ordinary, they just have to keep on getting by whilst the wars happen and technology changes and politics shifts all around them. I have read Briggs's silent picture book masterpiece, The Snowman, and seen an animated film based on it many times.

This book was turned into a two-handed radio play with Peter Sallis in the male lead role, and subsequently an animated film, featuring John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft. However, Briggs continued to produce humour for children, in works such as the Unlucky Wally series and The Bear.What I enjoyed about this was that it was VERY British (which of course connected with me) and that they felt so 'normal'. Ethel y Ernest es sutilmente vertiginoso, como la vida, que pasa con tanta rapidez y sin que te des cuenta. Briggs’s illustrations are full of humor, marvelous detail, and obvious love for the people who inspired the title characters. His first three major works, Father Christmas, Father Christmas Goes on Holiday (both featuring a curmudgeonly Father Christmas who complains incessantly about the "blooming snow"), and Fungus the Bogeyman, were in the form of comics rather than the typical children's-book format of separate text and illustrations.

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