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Ethel & Ernest a True Story

by Raymond Briggs

  • ISBN: 9780375714474
  • ISBN10: 0375714472

Ethel & Ernest a True Story

by Raymond Briggs

  • List Price: $15.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Publish date: 10/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780375714474
  • ISBN10: 0375714472
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Description: Poignant, funny, and utterly original, "Ethel and Ernest" is Raymond Briggs' loving description of his parents' lives from their first chance encounter in the 1920s until their death in the 1970s.

Ethel and Ernest are solid members of the working class, part of the generation (Brokaw's "Greatest Generation") that lived through the tumultuous era of the twentieth century. They meet during the Depression - she working as a chambermaid, he as a milkman- and we follow them as they encounter, and cope with, World War II, the advent of radio and TV, telephones and cas, the atomic bomb, the moon landing. Briggs' portrayal of his parents as they succeed, or fail, in coming to terms with their rapidly shifting world is irresistably engaging- full of sympathy and affection, yet clear-eyed and unsentimental.

The book's strip-cartoon format is deceptively simple; it possesses a wealth of detail and an emotional depth that are remarkable in such a short volume. Briggs' marvelous illustrations and succcint, true-to-life dialogue create a real sense of time and place, of what it was like to experience such enormous changs. Almost as much a social history as it is a personal account, "Ethel and Ernest" is a moving tribute to ordinary people living in an extraordinary time.

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