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Clementine Churchill : the biography of a marriage (edição: 2003)

de Mary Soames

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Clementine Churchill -- shy, passionate, and high-strung -- shunned publicity but was in the limelight throughout her adult life. As a young woman, her character, intelligence, and good looks won the attention of the impetuous Winston Churchill. Their courtship was swift, but their marriage proved immensely strong, spanning many of the major events of the twentieth century. Written with affection and candor by the Churchills’ daughter Mary Soames, this revised and updated biography of a lionhearted couple’s life together is not only of historic interest but deeply moving.… (mais)
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Título:Clementine Churchill : the biography of a marriage
Autores:Mary Soames
Informação:Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
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Well, that was an interesting book about the wife of Winston Churchill, written in minute detail by her youngest daughter.
This book centers on the intense correspondence between husband and wife. My first thought was.... where on Earth did they keep all these letters for over 50 years of marriage. Also, Clementine might have been a very friendly, helpful person, but you still can not compare her with the "normal" women of her time, because most of them did not have the time or means to write their husbands multiple letters (and telegrams) each day. The Churchills were able to always have the help of nannies, secretaries, cooks, etc. to take care of all of these mundane daily chores. I was also surprised to read how often they went on trips (some in GB, but many overseas) and they thought nothing of leaving their children in the care of others for many weeks. ( )
  yukon92 | Jul 7, 2021 |
This book is the story of Clementine Churchill, wife of the legendary Winston Churchill written by their daughter.

If follows Clementine until she marries Churchill and then follows both of them as a dual biography and works in the the story of their children. It is an insightful look into the lives the Churchill's. Their legacy and impact on the 20th century was huge and understanding them and their times is worthwhile.

A couple random things that stood out to me, the suffragettes were surprisingly annoying with some of their outrageous behavior. Clementine had a rich suitor for four years that she accepted his friendship, a flower a day, his gifts, traveled with him. But never loved him. How sad for him. :(

Clementine, while close to her husband, and at times close to her children as they became adults, had few close relationships with anyone outside of Winston. How sad!

"Winston and his life filled Clementine's whole existence, and when she was well and in good form she neither desired nor needed other companions or distraction. But when she was low and fretted, and her "batteries needed recharging", it was often difficult to find a good solution. As her daughters grew up, she turned to each one and found company and companionship. But daughters soon have their own lives, careers, husbands, and children. Clementine's diffidence in personal relationships made her hesitate to propose herself to other people, because she was to shy and could not bring herself to to be a little more natural and carefree in her approach. Thus in a life full of people, she knew much loneliness."


This book is a biography of not merely the facts about these people, but it records their emotional relationship as found in their letters and through the eyes of their daughter. This subject was not really something that I caught/or saw growing up. My last serious relationship showed me how much I needed to learn in this area and seeing how Winston and Clementine found in each other such rest and assurance was educational.

While the author portrays her parents in a overall positive light she also notes their flaws as people and relationships. This is not hagiography. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
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Clementine Churchill -- shy, passionate, and high-strung -- shunned publicity but was in the limelight throughout her adult life. As a young woman, her character, intelligence, and good looks won the attention of the impetuous Winston Churchill. Their courtship was swift, but their marriage proved immensely strong, spanning many of the major events of the twentieth century. Written with affection and candor by the Churchills’ daughter Mary Soames, this revised and updated biography of a lionhearted couple’s life together is not only of historic interest but deeply moving.

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