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Hons and Rebels de Jessica Mitford
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Hons and Rebels (original: 1960; edição: 2020)

de Jessica Mitford

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"Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the 1920s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer; Diana, wife to the English fascist chief Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, who fell head over heels in love with Hitler; and Deborah, later the Duchess of Devonshire. Jessica swung left and moved to America, where she took part in the civil rights movement and wrote her classic expose of the undertaking business, The American Way of Death." "Hons and Rebels is the tale of Mitford's upbringing. Mitford found her family's world as smothering as it was singular and, determined to escape it, she eloped with Esmond Romilly, Churchill's nephew, to go fight in the Spanish Civil Wr. The ensuing scandal, in which a British destroyer was dispatched to recover the two truants, inspires some of Mitford's funniest, and most pointed, pages." "A family portrait, a tale of youthful folly and high-spirited adventure, a study in social history, a love story, Hons and Rebels is a contribution to the autobiographer's art."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Título:Hons and Rebels
Autores:Jessica Mitford
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Explicit writing, it kept me interested from the beginning to the end.

This may be a funny book for anyone interested in the struggles of two upper class couple in the working-class world. One day they had everything – even when they thought different- and the next day, they decided to rebel against their family and explore the world together. Initially, Romilly wanted to join the right group and express his anti-fascism views but decisions taken like gambling among others got him out of his political path.

Jessica Mitford a high-born woman with a lack knowledge of the working-class world, had full trust on her charming husband. She was always hoping, he will get them out of the daily issues of the commoners. At the end, Esmond Romilly realized that he should do more than sitting around and fight the war instead. ( )
  AneG81 | Jan 20, 2021 |
Read 2019. ( )
1 vote | sasameyuki | May 12, 2020 |
3.5 stars. This is a well-written but easy read. I'm sure I've done a whiny rant about how rare that is, so I'll skip it here. Ah, screw it, I can't help myself. Whine! Whine whine whine!

Ok, it's over.

The story starts in the safe island nation of a British aristocratic country home, where the author, Jessica Mitford (Decca), is raised in a kind of alternate reality, one where very little contact is possible with the outside world. It follows Decca and her many sisters as she grows up, begins to steal glimpses of the mysterious outside, falls in love with socialism, in hate with fascism, and dreams at all times of the day when she can escape the constrictions imposed by her family and social class, and do something about something.

Then Hitler comes to power in Germany and the world, along with her own family, divides into those fascinated/horrified by communism/socialism/fascism. As Hitler starts his conquest of Europe, as the rest of the world frantically does nothing, Decca escapes from her cage, following romantic and ideological love into the chaos.

From my safe post-WWII vantage point, I had naively assumed, without even realizing it, that at the time of Hitler's rise, the various surrounding nations immediately painted him as the villain. Boy was I wrong. There was no shortage of praise and admiration for Hitler outside of Germany, and Decca's own family was completely enamored with Hitler, much to her horror. I'd be interested to read an account from her sister's point of view, the one who joined Hitler's entourage.

The characters are vivid, the lives depicted alien and engrossing, the failure of the world to appreciate the mounting threat palpably tragic, and all is told with a huge helping of humor. ( )
  mvayngrib | Mar 22, 2020 |
Més que una autobiografia, aquest llibre és un homenatge a la família, l'època i, sobretot, al promès i després marit -original, divertit, atrevit- de l'autora que mor durant la segona guerra mundial.

Jo l'he trobat una mica passat de moda... ( )
  Montserratmv | Nov 12, 2019 |
I’ve been doing a bit of Mitford stalking this year and this is the latest and a good one it is. Jessica (Decca) is one of six sisters born in the early 20th century who, along with her sisters, became famous for being, well, Mitford. In this memoir, she describes her life as a child and through the beginning of WWII when she and her husband are living in Miami and he leaves for Canada to volunteer for the Canadian Air Force. She bemoans the fact that her life was fully enclosed in the family estate, Swinbrook and describes it thusly:

”Swinbrook had many aspects of a fortress or citadel of medieval times. From the point of view of the inmates it was self-contained in the sense that it was neither necessary, nor generally possible, to leave the premises for any of the normal human pursuits. Schoolroom with governess for education, riding stables and tennis court for exercise, seven of us children for human companionship, the village church for spiritual consolation, our bedrooms for hospital wards even when operations were necessary---all were provided, either in the house itself or within easy walking distance. From the point of view of outsiders entry, in the rather unlikely event that they might seek it, was an impossibility. According to my father, outsiders included not only Huns, Frogs, Americans, blacks and all other foreigners, but also other people’s children, the majority of my older sister’s acquaintances, almost all young men---in fact, the whole teeming population of the earth’s surface, except for some, though not all, of our relations and a very few tweeded, red-faced country neighbors to whom my father had for some reason taken a liking.”

These people all led fascinating and absolutely shocking lives. A Communist, a Fascist, a Nazi, a Duchess and a novelist all grew up in the same household. How the hell did that happen? Jessica Mitford explains all from her point of view and it provides for a mesmerizing read. Her time in the states with her husband doing a variety of jobs no one was qualified for was really remarkable. Very highly recommended. ( )
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"Hons and Rebels" was the original title, but I think the original US publisher changed it to "Daughters and Rebels." These titles refer to the same book.
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"Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the 1920s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer; Diana, wife to the English fascist chief Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, who fell head over heels in love with Hitler; and Deborah, later the Duchess of Devonshire. Jessica swung left and moved to America, where she took part in the civil rights movement and wrote her classic expose of the undertaking business, The American Way of Death." "Hons and Rebels is the tale of Mitford's upbringing. Mitford found her family's world as smothering as it was singular and, determined to escape it, she eloped with Esmond Romilly, Churchill's nephew, to go fight in the Spanish Civil Wr. The ensuing scandal, in which a British destroyer was dispatched to recover the two truants, inspires some of Mitford's funniest, and most pointed, pages." "A family portrait, a tale of youthful folly and high-spirited adventure, a study in social history, a love story, Hons and Rebels is a contribution to the autobiographer's art."--BOOK JACKET.

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