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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. 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. This was such a short and sweet book and I enjoyed every aspect of it from the storyline, the illustrations and how grateful we are as human beings when parents try and make the life of their children better than what they went through. Near Fine+: tight and square binding in sharp brown boards; lightly bumped to the spine tips; a very minor mark to one page, else bright, crisp and clean, presenting as unread. I have read Briggs's silent picture book masterpiece, The Snowman, and seen an animated film based on it many times.

The BOOK has been inscribed by the author to the title page : 'For Anthony May, with best wishes, Raymond Briggs, 23 March 2001'.While we see Raymond growing up as a boy, we get the back drop of WWII and how they had to send Raymond to live in the country side while London is being destroyed by German bombs. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. If you loved this review or would like to check out other iconic graphic novels here is the link of where I am discovering these books.

I find it interesting how different each decade appears in this book and how easily our opinions changes during our life. It's this style which allows him to make such striking statements, and which got him onto last year's Christmas stamps. A celebrated author and illustrator, Raymond Briggs’ works include the seasonal classics, Father Christmas and The Snowman as well as Fungus the Bogeyman. What I enjoyed about this was that it was VERY British (which of course connected with me) and that they felt so 'normal'. Briggs's marvelous illustrations and succinct, true-to-life dialogue create a real sense of time and place, of what it was like to experience such enormous changes.

Follow that life as they (and Raymond) go through enormous changes and end up in a world that was unimaginable at the start of the book.

Briggs continued to work in a similar format, but with more adult content, in Gentleman Jim (1980), a sombre look at the working class trials of Jim and Hilda Bloggs, closely based on his parents. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. 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. First edition, first impression, signed and warmly inscribed by Raymond Briggs in the year of publication.Zo'n leven lang samen en alles wat daarbij aan liefde, leed en geschiedenis passeert maakt het verhaal ook wat melancholisch, maar op een fijne manier.

In the UK, the film was repeated on BBC Two on 10 August 2022, in light of the news of Briggs' death coming earlier that day.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. It's the true story of Raymond Briggs' parents, and his journalistic, colorful account of their life before he was born. As well as working on a very personal and biographical level, 'Ethel and Ernest' provides a fascinating version of British history through the lens of Briggs' parents lives.

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