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Ethel & Ernest

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Briggs shows us scenes from his imagination of his parents’ lives: how they met, raised a family during a destructive world war, and lived through the cultural roller-coaster ride of the 20th century. There's a page where Ernest reads in his trusty newspaper that they're going to legalise homosexuality. But he also drew a harrowing view of the life of ordinary people following an atomic bomb blast in When The Wind Blows. It didn't surprise me though, because the rich illustrations reminded me of books I'd read as a child. The love Ethel and Ernest have for each other is epic and perhaps even more so given that Briggs is focusing on the mundane, every-day stuff of life (even during wartime).

His graphic novel Ethel and Ernest, which portrayed his parents' 41-year marriage, won Best Illustrated Book in the 1999 British Book Awards. Jacket has edge wear, small chips to head and toe of the spine, a few very minor surface marks, now protected in a removable clear plastic sleeve. With the loss of Briggs last week, it seemed important to mark the occasion by re-reading some of his works.

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. Briggs's 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. Ze trouwden, kregen hun zoon Raymond in 1934, tot hun dood, binnen enkele maanden na elkaar, in 1971. A celebrated author and illustrator, Raymond Briggs’ works include the seasonal classics, Father Christmas and The Snowman as well as Fungus the Bogeyman. Hay gente que a base de historias emotivas busca hacerte más mezquino, y luego hay gente como Raymond Briggs, que sin pretenderlo te limpian un poco el alma.

Nothing is invented, nothing embroidered - this is the reality of two decent, ordinary lives of two people who, as Briggs tells the story, become representative of us all. Sono stata catapultata in un’altra vita, un’altra epoca, e percepivo il cambiamento a ogni decennio. There is no commentary or moralising, no idyllic or disasterous childhoods, no extolling of the values of family life or solidarity during the Blitz or respect for one's elders - just a series of snapshots of married life, mortgages, ancient washing machines, political disputes (Ernest is a staunch socialist, Ethel an unreconstructed Tory) and hospital endings.There's good memories, like when you played games or sang silly songs as a child, went down to the beach or moved up to "big" school. Having first read this picture book many years ago I was inspired to re-read it after seeing the fantastic motion picture version over the winter. Brown hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,two small nicks on the cover) with Dj(very small tear on the edges of the back Dj cover, small nicks and crease on the edges of the Dj cover), both in near fine condition. This is a great, whimsical character study of a common married couple as well as an excellent social study of British working-class morals and beliefs in the twentieth century. 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.

It's the true story of Raymond Briggs' parents, and his journalistic, colorful account of their life before he was born. I think Raymond's relationship with his parents was perhaps not an easy one although he clearly loves them.

There is something very powerful about the simple text, mixed with a large dose of humour between the husband and wife, coupled with images that make the experience of reading this book into something very special. This is a loving tribute to his parents and also a cultural and social history of sorts, from roughly 1930 through 1970. I thought it would be very interesting to read this book because why would an author make a graphic novel about his ordinary parents? Briggs’s illustrations are full of humor, marvelous detail, and obvious love for the people who inspired the title characters.

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'. Briggs won the 1966 and 1973 Kate Greenaway Medals from the British Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. This loving story is interwoven with some of the major world and national events that took place between the 1930s and 1970s, including a world war, landing on the moon and the arrival of the NHS.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I didn't connect any further than that, partly because I'm not that fussed about politics (I am quite young after all!

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