Ethel & Ernest

Ethel & Ernest

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Poignant, funny, and utterly original,Ethel & Ernestis Raymond Briggs's loving depiction of his parents' lives from their chance first encounter in the 1920s until their deaths in the 1970s. Ethel and Ernest were solid members of the English working class, part of the generation that lived through the most tumultuous years of the twentieth century. They met during the Depression--she working as a maid, he as a milkman--and we follow them as they court and marry, make a home, raise their son, and cope with the dark days of World War II. Briggs's portrayal of how his parents succeeded, or failed, in coming to terms with the events of their rapidly shifting world--the advent of radio, television, and telephones; the development of the atomic bomb; the moon landing; the social and political turmoil of the sixties--is irresistibly engaging, full of sympathy and affection, yet clear-eyed and unsentimental. Briggs's illustrations are small masterpieces; coupled with the wonderfully candid dialogue, they evoke the exhilaration and sorrow, excitement and bewilderment, of experiencing such enormous changes. As much a social history as a personal account,Ethel & Ernestis a moving tribute to ordinary people living in an extraordinary time.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375407581
Branch Call Number: 941.082 B768b 1999
Characteristics: 103 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Ethel and Ernest


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NorthPlains_BriannaS Oct 06, 2018

Cute and light hearted depiction of the author's parents lives in England from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Jan 28, 2017

Famous cartoonist Raymond Briggs created this completely charming biography about his working class parents who lived simple lives through the Second World War in London.

Jun 02, 2015

Lovely little book. My whole family read it, even the teenagers.

Apr 02, 2015

Really lovely colour illustrations, but the dialogue and narration had problems. Most serious, the parents are poor, but somehow they can afford all kinds of luxuries; never explained. The parents are shown as bumbling fools particularly the mother, and their response to the war events are ridiculous, but their relations with each other seem more authentic.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 25, 2014

The author of Where the Wind Blows brings his family's story to life in this funny and tender tale. Romance, politics and social history are all cleverly brought together in cartoon format.

loveablelibrarian May 15, 2014

I picked this up after it was recommended at TCAF. It didn't disappoint! A truly tender look inside the lives of the authors parents. Not only did they live through fascinating times but they were deeply, yet perhaps quietly, in love with each other. Very touching.

smc01 Sep 09, 2010

This graphic novel is for everyone, not just regular readers of Graphica. It tells the story of Raymond Briggs' parents from their marriage to the time of their deaths. It emphasizes the war years when they struggled through the invasion of London and had to send their son away to live in the country. Simply told and beautifully illustrated, this novel tells us alot with its heartfelt pictures.


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