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Rowling, I worship Jessica “Decca” Mitford. I agree that most of them were prickly in their own ways — but not Debo. Througout the narrative, Mitford’s innate sense of superiority to everyone around her, whoever they might be, is a constant. I know there is a biography about the family rather than an autobiography, and also there is a book of the letters the sisters wrote lifelong to each other Reply.
Keep fighting the good fight, Decca. Then when WW2 begins to loom, they run away to the US, where the mooching continues and where the narrative begins to bog down. I have a sneaking suspicion that Jessica’s ghost frequently haunts him for this stance, causing him frequent meltdowns by hiding his cigarettes and whiskey.
She doesn’t even know how to pick up her own clothes or cook a meal, let alone acquiring any of the usual skills for young women with working ambitions such as typing or shorthand, which even in her class would not have been considered “infra dig”, but “rather fun, you know! This is a really well written, funny memoir from one of those infamous sisters.
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Debo has an eternal place in rebeld heart, but, even though none of the others quite made it there, I still adored reading the letters between all six sisters. She gained American citizenship in later hobs. Now with all this tragedy and suffering, you would expect Jessica Mitford to have something to say about what was missing from her childhood. It’s hard not to like Jessica Mitford. The first half was pretty good, though parts did come across as quite childish.
I have to say I’m rapidly falling prey to Mitford mania, to the point where I’ve spent the last twenty minutes listing call numbers to check next time I’m at the library i. The most fascinating of all are my mother’s voluminous scrapbooks, dozens of them, huge tomes, each arranged carefully in some sort of order either of subject matter or of period. By turns hilarious and poignant, Jessica Mitford’s account of her formative years is a classic.
I read this quite hungrily because I needed a Mitford fix and I couldn’t get the Sisters bio on kindle.
Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford
It is a true life memoir of jesscia childhood and early adult years of a future well-regarded journalist. Diana was one of the s hedonistic Bright Young Things.
Jun 08, Carol Storm rated it it was ok. She and her second husband were imprisoned during the war for their fascist activities. To the mitord scarping by in the States doing anything and everything to stay there, from selling stockings door to door to being a bouncer at a bar.
This book has plenty of wit, plenty of eccentric characters, but very little insight and no heart at all. My favourite has always been Nancy, because I love her biographies of French political figures. Love in a Cold Climate. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. I urge you to skip the blurb and give it a try.
Of course, it also occurs to me that Diana said to be the most beautiful of the sisters is in classical parlance also a Huntress….
Learn more about Amazon Prime. It is full of sometimes touching and other times amusing, but always true, I believe, stories of her family, especially her sisters, friends, and others who cross her path. Ships from and sold by Amazon. There are comments such as, “The Jews brought this on themselves,” and “It’s harsh, but Hitler is only doing what he must to rebuild his country.
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Jessica Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. For that I recommend The Sisters: The feeling I got from the letters, that she rather abandoned them, is quietly reflected here — not by what she says about them, but by the fact that they are seldom mentioned. Being a faux-communist does not inspire Decca to learn to be a contributing member of the worker’s society.
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Nancy was one of the “Bright Young Things” and a literary darling, with Love in a Cold Climate, which basically skewered her own family for her amusement.
From hoarding money so she could run away, to the ultimate subterfuge that resulted in her being victorious, even if she had to chase the SpanishConsulate representative all over England and France. When I first revisited my mother’s house inat the age of thirty-eight, after an absence of nineteen years, I too fell under the spell of the past. Of course, most of this book is given to Decca’s break with her Wodehousian upbringing, her elopement with Esmond Romilly and ensuing adventures in Spain, the time back in England in the commune on Rotherhithe Street which, curiously, was the only part of the book which could have been set in England during the 80’s when I was an adolescent – just mix in loud music and illicit drugs and their final idyllic excursion to America.
Nov 05, Maureen S rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 15, Margaret rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jessica tells of her life and her family from her point of view. Not sure how she grew up to be a decent human.
Jessica Mitford’s dashing and dramatic life story is almost too good to be true rebela a biography standpoint–and she’s so utterly appealing that I think I have a bit of crush on her.