Hons and Rebels: The Mitford Family Memoir (W&N Essentials)

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And she paints a somewhat more human, in fact more tragic, picture of the Mitfords than previous biographers.

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Lo admito, me ha sorprendido muy gratamente esta lectura en todos los sentidos. Me esperaba algo mil veces peor escrito y muy insípido, y me he encontrado con todo lo contrario. Es un libro que está muy bien escrito, de una forma muy ágil y que se lee muy bien. De hecho, realmente me lo he leído en dos días en que le he dedicado un poco de tiempo. Most news outlets make their money through advertising or subscriptions. But when it comes to what we’re trying to do at Vox, there are a couple reasons that we can't rely only on ads and subscriptions to keep the lights on. More than an extremely amusing autobiography...she has evoked a whole generation. Her book is full of the music of time. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 2010, 1st. Octavo. xvii, 267pp. Illustrated. Publisher's full printed cloth. Clean and bright. Housed in the card slipcase. A 'Fine' copy. urn:oclc:877131609 Republisher_date 20171223165528 Republisher_operator [email protected] Republisher_time 406 Scandate 20171223092046 Scanner ttscribe8.hongkong.archive.org Scanningcenter hongkong Top_six true Tts_version v1.57-initial-82-g2b8ab4d Worldcat (source edition)Of these six Mitford sisters, three became Nazis, one became a socialist journalist, one a liberal satirical novelist who informed on her Nazi sisters, and one a duchess. Considering the Mitfords now feels like one of those “tag yourself” memes: As global chaos rises and politics become polarized, which one are you?

Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford: 9781590171103

Oh, the joys of being in a master's hands. Mitford dashes off, apparently effortlessly, sketches of her bizarre family, never straying into hatefulness even where antipathy exists. Her completely unconventional upbringing wuth a mother who refused to vaccinate her (a decision with a horrible, tragic cost later: Mitford contracted measles and gave them to her newborn daughter, who died as a result), contending that "the Good Body" knew its stuff, and a father whose major occupations appear to have been shouting and stomping and campaigning for Conservative politicians. Her wildly disparate sisters, novelist Nancy as the eldest and the most remote from Jessica; Diana, the great beauty and future Fascist; and Unity, the tragic figure of the family, a giant Valkyrie (ironically enough, this is also her middle name!) with an outsized personality to match, whose horrible fate was to try unsuccessfully to kill herself when her beloved Nazi Germany made war on her homeland. (The other sisters, Pam and Deborah, pretty much don't figure into Jessica's life, and her brother Tom was so much older he was more of a visiting uncle.) I love all things Mitford, and when I read Hons and Rebels some years ago I found I liked Jessica more than I had thought I would. She was quite extraordinary and her story adds to all those other Mitford stories that we know so well. Reply

Decca is my favourite Mitford and (I’m whispering here) I’m not at all fond of Debo – I think the truth about her will come out in the posthumous biographies that are surely now being prepared… It was as though I were a figurine travelling inside one of those little glass spheres in which an artificial snowstorm arises when the sphere is shaken — and no matter where I was, in a train, a boat, a foreign hotel, there was no escape outside the glass. Invisible boundaries kept me boxed in from the real life of other people going on all around… And her boy child mate? Not even being able to figure out opening a suitcase or how a house latch works? And thinking that a con on gambling circuits or unsuspecting working people was part of some political role? It's almost beyond 2023's definition of ignorance. Or evil. But not entirely, the more I think about it. Takers, takers, takers. When we talk about the Mitfords, we are principally interested in the six sisters who came of age on their parents’ country estate between the two world wars: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah. (There was a brother, too, Thomas, but we need not concern ourselves with him. He was the Robert Kardashian of the family.)

Rereading: Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford review — a

Se nota mucho que la autora es periodista. Es una escritora increíblemente económica en cuanto a medios de expresarse, su estilo es claro, directo y conciso, no se permite nunca divagar o irse por las ramas. Al igual que con su hermana mayor encontramos una lectura sazonada de comentarios irónicos sobre el mundo en el que vivió y las personas que la rodeaban. Pero en el caso de Jessica la sátira es mucho más directa y concisa, menos elegante, no se anda con por las ramas a la hora de decir lo que piensa ni se esconde tras situaciones tan frívolas que pueden resultar absurdas o con personajes a los que es imposible tomar en serio, pero que esconden una carga histórica y social mucho más profunda de lo que puede parecer a simple vista. Como buena periodista hace una crónica nítida, detallada e inteligente de un mundo que está desapareciendo, de una sociedad cambiante por el contexto histórico y político, una acertada comparativa de dos sociedades; la estadounidense y la inglesa. Es sincera cuando la mayor parte del tiempo, y parcial el resto, en muchas ocasiones uno tiene la impresión de que lo que cuenta está ligeramente retocado para que parezca más interesante o lustroso. Pero incluso cuando camufla la verdad, está sigue visualizándose en el fondo de todo. Como puede verse en que muchos de sus comentarios y apreciaciones tienen un tinte frívolo y elitista, que demuestra que Jessica no pudo escapar del todo del tipo de vida y educación que había recibido en su casa. He incluso da la impresión de que ha llegado a un punto en su vida en que tampoco lo intenta.I definitely love reading about them, and their letters, above all! Which probably isn’t what they’d have wanted… Reply We [...] were informed to our surprise that even in the middle of a civil war people under the age of [21] could not get married without their parents' consent. Some anarchists we met in a café offered the services of a priest they had taken prisoner ("We could find ways of making him do it," they said), but it would have meant a two-day journey and we weren't sure just how legal such a marriage would prove to be. I fell in love with her right then and there. I felt the same way. Jesus, racism, and conservative politics made me nauseated, as they did my eldest sister. The tensions of the 1930s are here played out within one family, with Jessica running off to be a reporter’s assistant in the Spanish Civil War with her second cousin (a nephew of Churchill’s) while Unity was busy being pals with Hitler in Germany (Nancy had been part of the 1920s Bright Young People crowd, friends with Evelyn Waugh and others, but in the ’30s seemed to spend her time trying to calm down the excesses of her more political sisters). It makes for fascinating reading, to see such a unique and witty family caught up in these political conflicts in their own way, dividing the sitting room Unity and Jessica shared down the middle, with fascist propaganda on one side and communist on the other.

Hons and Rebels (New York Review Books Classics): Mitford Hons and Rebels (New York Review Books Classics): Mitford

It was well over a year since I had begun my research when Decca came to London and agreed to see me. I was slightly apprehensive at the prospect of meeting her, aware of her somewhat confrontational reputation and her long career as a defiantly radical author and journalist. We met at the Chelsea house where she was staying, Decca grey-haired, rather stout, with a very old-fashioned upper-class voice, ‘grossly affected’ as one of her old friends described it. Although, unlike her sisters, I found her slightly intimidating, she answered all my questions and recalled a great deal that was invaluable about her childhood and in particular her relations with Nancy. Very, very cold. No heart. And selfishness reigns beyond 100 examples of specificity. Ballroom Communist doesn't even begin to touch it. And some of the readers seemed to have used Jessica as rather a map for the family's disfunction reaction idol or something? Hardly that either. Everything Jessica failed to understand or to even approach in interest she scorned. Very pathetic user individual. Occasionally Unity and I joined in the forbidden sport of ‘teasing Debo’. The teasing had to be done well out of earshot of my father, as Debo was his prime favourite, and fearful consequences could follow if we made her cry. She was an extraordinarily softhearted child, and it was easy to make her huge blue eyes brim with tears – known as ‘welling’ in family circles. It was becoming rather apparent by this year of 1935 that not all of us were turning out quite according to plan,’ writes Jessica Mitford in this brilliantly funny and perceptive account of growing up as the fifth of the six notoriously headstrong Mitford sisters. And it was perhaps Jessica – always known as Decca – the lifelong hard-line socialist, who turned out least ‘according to plan’ of them all.I'm not an enemy of the working class! I think some of them are perfectly sweet!" she retorted angrily. I could almost see the visions of perfectly sweet nannies, grooms, gamekeepers, that the phrase must have conjured up in her mind. Yes, you must! 🙂 I was thinking of your 1930s challenge as I read it, even though it was written in 1960, it captures the conflict of the ’30s so perfectly. Si hay algo que me ha resultado conmovedor es su manera de pasar de puntillas sobre los momentos más dolorosos para ella. Y es en esa falta de detalles y de explicaciones donde el lector puede percibir hasta qué punto sufrió la autora a lo largo de su vida, como las ausencias que tuvo que soportar a lo largo de su vida dejaron en ella una huella profunda. Puede explayarse en tratar como le afecto la separación de su hermana favorita, Unity Valkirie (nombre profético donde los haya, pero conocida familiarmente como Gorgo) cuando esta abrazó sin ambages la doctrina del nazismo y se convirtió en miembro del circulo más intimo de Hitler, Intentando suicidarse cuando Alemania en Inglaterra se declararon la guerra. Pero, en cambio, pasa rápidamente por el episodio de la muerte de su primera hija. Y trata de forma abrupta y rápida las últimas páginas de su biografía, donde habla de la despedida a con su esposo cuando este se marcha a luchar al frente, centrándose más en una suerte de estudio antropológico social para explicar la naturaleza de las acciones de ambos a lo largo de su relación. Tampoco lo dice abiertamente, pero nunca deja dudas al lector sobre lo profundo que fue el vínculo con Esmond y lo mucho que se querían. Hay en todo esto un practismo moral increíblemente fuerte que tiene algo de supervivencia mental. El desenlace del libro es áridamente abrupto, pero que de alguna manera encaja porque tiene sentido. En las últimas páginas hay una sensación de fatalidad que lo envuelve todo totalmente, aunque hay que reconocer que eso en eso tiene mucho que ver el hecho de que se esté contando ya una situación que se conoce de antemano, que ya se sabe cómo va acabar. Y el párrafo final, aunque al igual que el resto de la obra es simple y conciso, tiene una gran carga emotiva que es imposible que pase desapercibida para nadie, y que hace que sea impactante por ese mismo motivo. De esa forma brillante y simple la autora expresa mucho más que lo que dice en sus palabras. Personally, I never noticed they'd gone away. I thought there was a perpetual industry devoted to producing books, plays, musicals and television series about the Mitfords. But no, Mary S Lovell assures us, there is a whole generation of younger readers who haven't even heard of them. Eder, Richard (17 November 2006). "In a Lifetime of Letters, the Evolution of an Aristocrat". The New York Times . Retrieved November 22, 2016.



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