Ethel & Ernest ペーパーバック – 2017/11/28
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Utterly original, deeply moving and very funny, Ethel & Ernest is the story of Raymond Brigg`s parents' marriage, from their first chance encounter to their deaths told in Brigg`s unique strip-cartoon format. 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. 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.
A marvellous, life-enhancing book for all ages.
“A classic.” -- Evening Standard
“Packed full of domestic detail, Briggs’s enchanting labour of love provides a personal and social record of London life between the Thirties and Eighties. A guaranteed bestseller.” -- Independent
“Ethel & Ernest has a historical sweep and a sure command of social detail not often found in contemporary fiction. It deserves to be taken seriously as literature, whether told in cartoon form or not. A huge tranche of social history is here….” -- Daily Telegraph
“Briggs’s techniques are deceptively simple, yet terribly moving. The book is a considerable achievement, both simple and complex, emotional and dispassionate.” -- Guardian
“Its charm, its fun, its sense of period, and the sure-footedness of its characters, will leave most novels standing…Raymond Briggs has given us a classic.” -- Evening Standard
“A best seller in Britain, this winsome little book is one family’s twentieth century, told as a comic strip that fast-forwards through the decades. Briggs’s artful rendering of his parents’ striving captures the English working class, and as the tale progresses, you find yourself slowly sucked into their daily patter, amused by their cooing voices, impressed by their bravery. At the end,you’re hardly prepared for the emotional wallop.” —Time
“In the details of Briggs’s sparkling cartoons, the characters become richly specific and endearing . . . both pathetic and heroic in the face of overwhelmingevents. [They are] what make you read through Ethel & Ernest over again.” —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
“Ethel & Ernest works brilliantly and artfully as an archetype. It is the author’s willingness to frame his love and anguish so piercingly that makes it such a singular piece of work. We should be grateful that Briggs is so brilliantly equipped to remind us of what we u sed to be, and why.” —Nick Hornby, New York Times Book Review
It reminded me of the Classic comics I loved as a child--you were learning some history while the images enhanced the human interest aspect greatly. I bought this as a birthday present for my (Irish) sister-in-law, who grew up in England in the 1940's-1960's.
In this graphic biography, we see how life in England changes and how his parents reacted to these life altering events. The narrative is simple as we learn of Ethel and Ernest's desires and their set patterns and way of life. As a reader we get to see their true politics, biases and their take of what the world is and should be. Above all while it may show the usual marital spats, it shows a simple couple leading a simple life and above all content and happy with each other's company.
This rather simple graphic true biography was truly the best graphic book that I've read. The fact of the matter it is a true story. It can be read in one sitting. However you'll find yourself going back to it time and again. This is a true artistic classic of the graphic genre. I don't have enough Stars!!!
It’s a grown up version of a cartoon, both humorous and at times sad. Based on the life of the author’s parents from their meeting, WW 2, and birth of their son.
The detailed illustrations capture ENGLAND during that era, and living here in the US, it was great to be reminded of the England I left behind.
Hard to find this book, so happy to get an albeit second hand, gently used hard back.
Anyone from England of a certain age will love this.