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This graphic novel for adults covers the lives of Raymond Briggs parents from when they first met to their deaths Beginning with Ethel working as a lady s maid and Ernest passing her house as a milkman we see the couple fall in love, marry and begin their lives together It is a sad book, I hope their lives hadhappiness, I think they probably did, a book covering the whole of someone s life often seems sad just because it has flashed past but these lives did seem portrayed in a sad way I This graphic novel for adults covers the lives of Raymond Briggs parents from when they first met to their deaths Beginning with Ethel working as a lady s maid and Ernest passing her house as a milkman we see the couple fall in love, marry and begin their lives together It is a sad book, I hope their lives hadhappiness, I think they probably did, a book covering the whole of someone s life often seems sad just because it has flashed past but these lives did seem portrayed in a sad way I think Raymond s relationship with his parents was perhaps not an easy one although he clearly loves them This was a wonderful look into the era, so much changed in this period of history I would like to see Raymond Briggs do the same for his life too This story is a memoir of Raymond Briggs parents living their lives in an extraordinary time What I enjoyed about this was that it was VERY British which of course connected with me and that they felt so normal This couple isn t famous or wealthy or anything too out of the ordinary, they just have to keep on getting by whilst the wars happen and technology changes and politics shifts all around them They kind of represent most British people s grandparents I would imagine, or maybe even This story is a memoir of Raymond Briggs parents living their lives in an extraordinary time What I enjoyed about this was that it was VERY British which of course connected with me and that they felt so normal This couple isn t famous or wealthy or anything too out of the ordinary, they just have to keep on getting by whilst the wars happen and technology changes and politics shifts all around them They kind of represent most British people s grandparents I would imagine, or maybe even great grandparents They just got on with it, and made it work they didn t have a choice I did really love the story and how matter of fact it was, it was down to earth, and I did get a little emotional too 4 s A short and charming story, written by the British author cartoonist Raymond Briggs in memory of his parents Ethel and Ernest, who both died in 1971 It s a very personal, heartfelt story of the lives of an ordinary British couple during the years 1920 1970 Although they have differing political views and many marital squabbles, they obviously deeply care for each other This is a great, whimsical character study of a common married couple as well as an excellent social study of British working A short and charming story, written by the British author cartoonist Raymond Briggs in memory of his parents Ethel and Ernest, who both died in 1971 It s a very personal, heartfelt story of the lives of an ordinary British couple during the years 1920 1970 Although they have differing political views and many marital squabbles, they obviously deeply care for each other 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 endearing graphic novel is made into an animated movie in 2016 I have read Briggs s silent picture book masterpiece, The Snowman, and seen an animated film based on it many times So I am glad to have read this rather different story about how Briggs imagines his parents s 43 years together It s a British working class marriage between a maid and a milkman, that became a Tory Labour house, though not ever very strained, politically or otherwise This is a loving tribute to his parents and also a cultural and social history of sorts, from roughly 1930 throu I have read Briggs s silent picture book masterpiece, The Snowman, and seen an animated film based on it many times So I am glad to have read this rather different story about how Briggs imagines his parents s 43 years together It s a British working class marriage between a maid and a milkman, that became a Tory Labour house, though not ever very strained, politically or otherwise This is a loving tribute to his parents and also a cultural and social history of sorts, from roughly 1930 through 1970 So we get to view things like WWII in brief snapshots through the lens of one household Beautiful illustrations, lovely story that may make you think of your own parents or grandparents I did of mine, at least I ve always thought that the difference between British and American children s literature is that the British never sentimentalize childhood Dickens was rough on children, but they always came out fine in the end Roald Dahl was absolutely brutal Dahl s books are populated with unfortunate children who become wounded but wiser by their adventures, such as James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, and so on Lewis Carroll was certain rough on children, and the tradition carries on in such books I ve always thought that the difference between British and American children s literature is that the British never sentimentalize childhood Dickens was rough on children, but they always came out fine in the end Roald Dahl was absolutely brutal Dahl s books are populated with unfortunate children who become wounded but wiser by their adventures, such as James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, and so on Lewis Carroll was certain rough on children, and the tradition carries on in such books as Neil Gaiman s Coraline on in the film Nanny McPhee, where children visiting their undertaker father at work never seem to mind the corpse on the table Which brings us to Ethel Ernest, a different kind of book It s the true story of Raymond Briggs parents, and his journalistic, colorful account of their life before he was born It s hard to imagine writing dispassionately, much less drawing objectively, about your own birth, your parent s view of your chosen profession, and especially, about their deaths Joan Didion did it well in The Year of Magical Thinking, but she didn t have to draw a picture of her father on his deathbed Even in C.S Lewis A Grief Observed, you can sense the tears falling on the page as he wrote.Perhaps dispassionate is the wrong word Let s just say it s honest That s what makes the greatest impact.Raymond Briggs has created some of the most enduring stories in modern pictorial literature His book The Snowman is a marvelous, touching fable about the wonders of Christmas But he also drew a harrowing view of the life of ordinary people following an atomic bomb blast in When The Wind Blows Ethel Ernest is a wonderful piece of work that falls somewhere in between This is the first book I ve read by Briggs and I m so glad I picked it up It s based on the story of Briggs s parents, their life in London from the 1930s until the the early 1970s When the book begins Ethel is a lady s maid cleaning a window and Ernest a milkman riding by on his bike They get to waiving to each other when he rides by and soon enough he s asked her to the movies As economic and political climates change and war comes and goes it becomes clear that they each have their own pe This is the first book I ve read by Briggs and I m so glad I picked it up It s based on the story of Briggs s parents, their life in London from the 1930s until the the early 1970s When the book begins Ethel is a lady s maid cleaning a window and Ernest a milkman riding by on his bike They get to waiving to each other when he rides by and soon enough he s asked her to the movies As economic and political climates change and war comes and goes it becomes clear that they each have their own peculiar wisdom and short sightedness, and to see the world through their eyes and their bickering is a delight There is so much humor and tenderness in this book The love Ethel and Ernest have for each other is epic and perhaps evenso given that Briggs is focusing on the mundane, every day stuff of life even during wartime Both Ethel and Ernest are on the old side for married couples in those days, I think, but certainly Ethel who is, I believe, in her mid to late thirties They want children and it takes them some time to have their first and the doctor tells them they will have to stop there And in this way the artist is born and a few years later sent to relatives in the country in order to stay safe from the bombing of London The absence of the author from the pages is intriguing to me, the way he keeps himself very peripheral to his own story and really focused in on his parents, their particular way of moving through time, working, delighting, worrying, arguing and making up Or, to quote LG in their gr review I adore this fictionalized true story 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 Briggs s illustrations are full of humor, marvelous detail, and obvious love for the people who inspired the title characters.https www.goodreads.com review show p.s an animated film based on the book has been made.https whatson.bfi.org.uk lff Online Briggs is a very famous British children s author, which I didn t realize until after I finished reading this graphic novel It didn t surprise me though, because the rich illustrations reminded me of books I d read as a child They were fabulous A tribute to his parents, this is their love story When they first meet in 1920s London, Ethel is in her mid 30s, and working as a lady s maid for a respectable upper class family Ernest is a spry milkman, who loses no time in asking Ethel out on a d Briggs is a very famous British children s author, which I didn t realize until after I finished reading this graphic novel It didn t surprise me though, because the rich illustrations reminded me of books I d read as a child They were fabulous A tribute to his parents, this is their love story When they first meet in 1920s London, Ethel is in her mid 30s, and working as a lady s maid for a respectable upper class family Ernest is a spry milkman, who loses no time in asking Ethel out on a date As the decades go by, the two weather the social and technological changes that come their way They survive the depression of the 30s, World War II and the havoc it wreaks on Londoners, the economic downturn and rationing that follows, and the love generation of the 60s Ernest s commentary on world events is always related through the tidbits he reads out loud to Ethel from the newspaper Also discernible is Ethel s sensitivity to class distinctions, which was significant of a bygone era A lovely read, you ll want to hug your parents and grandparents after reading this Short story about the author s parents We see a little bit of how they court, buy a home and build their dreams in it, how they form a family Apparently, the author s parents were already up in age when they met and married and his mom was only able to have one child or run the risk of dying if she were to attempt to havechildren There were some funny moments but I also didn t get a lot of the jokes, language, or historical references when they referred to England There were a lot of s Short story about the author s parents We see a little bit of how they court, buy a home and build their dreams in it, how they form a family Apparently, the author s parents were already up in age when they met and married and his mom was only able to have one child or run the risk of dying if she were to attempt to havechildren There were some funny moments but I also didn t get a lot of the jokes, language, or historical references when they referred to England There were a lot of sweet moments but the book felt a little rushed The artwork and coloring however are really beautiful (FREE DOWNLOAD) ô Ethel and Ernest ⚾ Poignant, funny, and utterly original, Ethel Ernest is Raymond Briggs s loving depiction of his parents lives from their first chance encounter in the s until their deaths in the sEthel 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 cars, the atomic bomb, the moon landing 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 unsentimentalThe 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 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 Almost as much a social history as it is a personal account, Ethel Ernest is a moving tribute to ordinary people living in an extraordinary time Well that was poignant Ethel and Ernest follows the lives of Raymond Briggs parents throughout the decades, with each section divided into 10 year chunks The story opens when they first meet, Ethel is a ladies maid and spots Ernest on his bike he looks up and notices her at the window, and the rest, they say, is history Ethel leaves her job and they set up home together Whilst the story was heart warming and quite tender in places, I couldn t help but notice the political discrepancies betw Well that was poignant Ethel and Ernest follows the lives of Raymond Briggs parents throughout the decades, with each section divided into 10 year chunks The story opens when they first meet, Ethel is a ladies maid and spots Ernest on his bike he looks up and notices her at the window, and the rest, they say, is history Ethel leaves her job and they set up home together Whilst the story was heart warming and quite tender in places, I couldn t help but notice the political discrepancies between them Ethel was a Tory and Ernest was Labour My problem with this was how Ethel came across she came from a working class family she had about 8 other siblings and yet she looked down on what she referred to as commoners I understand that she wanted what was best for her son but too many people in this world try and forget their roots, and they re ashamed of them, when they really shouldn t be I am working class and I always will be I just feel that Ethel sometimes came across as someone who thought she was better than others which diminished the affinity I had with her.On the other hand, I loved Ernest he was a passionate man who liked to rub his wife up the wrong way at times, just to see her reaction He always knew where he came from and in this respect, he was a completely grounded character who warmed my heart The illustrations were beautiful and reminiscent of Briggs other masterpiece, The Snowman, and the ending was very, very poignant A great little read which will undoubtedly move you to tears