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!DOWNLOAD BOOK ☪ Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front, 1939-42 ⚈ Spirited Henrietta Wishes She Was The Kind Of Doctor S Wife Who Knew Exactly How To Deal With The Daily Upheavals Of War But Then, Everyone In Her Close Knit Devonshire Village Seems To Find Different Ways To Cope There S The Indomitable Lady B, Who Writes To Hitler Every Night To Tell Him Precisely What She Thinks Of Him The Terrifyingly Efficient Mrs Savernack, Who Relishes The Opportunity To Sit On Umpteen Committees And Boss Everyone Around Flighty, Flirtatious Faith Who Is Utterly Preoccupied With The Latest Hats And Flashing Her Shapely Legs And Then There S Charles, Henrietta S Hard Working Husband Who Manages To Sleep Through A Bomb Landing In Their Neighbour S Garden With Life Turned Upside Down Under The Shadow Of War, Henrietta Chronicles The Dramas, Squabbles And Loyal Friendships That Unfold In Her Affectionate Letters To Her Dear Childhood Friend Robert Warm, Witty And Perfectly Observed, Henrietta S War Brings To Life A Sparkling Community Of Determined Troupers Who Pull Together To Fight The Good Fight With Patriotic Fervour And Good Humour Henrietta S War Is Part Of The Bloomsbury Group, A New Library Of Books From The Early Twentieth Century Chosen By Readers For Readers
This book consists of fictional letters from the pen of Henrietta Brown, a housewife and mother, married to local doctor Charles, written to her childhood friend Robert However, much of the life of Henrietta mirrored that of Joyce Dennys born in India, she attended Art School in Exeter in the book, her lodger was also a fellow art student and she was also the wife of a doctor, a mother and a writer and artist During the way, the character of Henrietta became a propaganda tool a comfort to those people who read the letters in Sketch magazine, as well as helping her own frustration at not being able to work as a writer Husband Charles amazement when somebody sends her an unexpected food parcel from Australia after reading one of her, mouldy little stories probably shows her resentmentthan any other line in the book These letters were compiled in book form in the 1980 sand it s good to see them re released on kindle for a new audience to enjoy There are two volumes of the Henrietta letters and this is the first, which covers the period 1939 to 1942 Henrietta lives in Devon, a safe area in rural England However, that is not to say that residents do not have their own concerns from the threat of invasion, to taking in evacuees, digging for freedom, running sewing bees and jumble sales these people were the backbone of the country during wartime Anyone who has read anything about the Home Front knows that the WI virtually fed the country during wartime, while women volunteered as nurses, drivers and in so many ways kept things at home running It is this that Henrietta reports on reassuring those at home and in the forces that everything would be there for them when they return that people could cope and would not fail in their task.As a book though, this is utterly charming We enjoy meeting Henrietta s friends and neighbours the attractive Faith, who has the Conductor following her everywhere, boring people with his tales of unrequited love Lady B, who writes letters to Hitler before bedtime, sternly informing, just exactly what she thinks of him, and the rather argumentative Mrs Savernack, who sits on committees and bosses everyone Henrietta is frightened of big bangs, although when Londoners appear with their tales of the blitz, it results in some bad feelings between the locals and visitors However, when Henrietta does re visit the capital, Here I am, says London, knocked about a bit, but still here, and ready to give a welcome to a Country Cousin I am delighted to give space to Henrietta, whose letters still read with warmth and humour If you read and enjoy this, then I urge you to read the second volume, Henrietta Sees It Through, which follows the news from the home front from 1942 1945. This is a compilation of a set of fictional letters based one the real WW II experiences in Joyce s town While she and her family are given different names, everyone else in the book is fictional as is the childhood friend they are addressed to They were printed in a London newspaper throughout the war.The humour is lovely, the characters endearing and the writing good Naturally, WW II was a serious time, but there is almost always a time and place for humour to help people cope, and I think this is a good one This book ends during 1941, and I m waiting for the second in this two book series to arrive to read the letters from the rest of the war. A lovely, gentle, cozy read This book transports you to an English village at the height of WWII It might seem an odd time and place to find so much gentleness and hope but the characters of the book show so much strength in challenging situations that you can t help but love them. Delightful classic English village humor Think Angela Thirkell without the nastiness, snobbery, and tendency to run on Agatha Cristie without the body in the library If you need something to help you cope with the sheer awfulness of life today and the pervasive corrosive cynicism this will do nicely. Enjoyed this immensely A lighthearted look at a series subject Set in WWII in a small English village, it s a look at the attitude of the people by the local doctor s wife Though the names are different, this is written at the actual time of the war so we have first hand accounts throughout It is in the form of letters to an old friend at the front and she is filling him in on all the doings of the village If you enjoy home front stories of the war and some great character depictions, you ll love this Would definitely recommend it. For most of this book my rating was a or rating But as I read the last couple of entries I just began to see so muchof her humor Not sure that I had realized that she had also done the illustrations And I think it began to remind meof the Lucia and Mapp stories that I had stumbled upon at the local public library, long before it was on PBS.The biographical note at the conclusion advises that Dennys had put aside her artwork when she married a doctor much like Henrietta and became a mother After they came back to England and difficulties with Germany had picked up she started writing and illustrating these little missives under the name of Henrietta Brown as letters to her childhood friend Robert covering 1939 through the end of 1941 And the thing is that it was done contemporaneously Painting an interesting picture of a small community in Wartime Devonshire. I had wanted to read Joyce Dennys Henrietta s War Notes from the Home Front, 1939 1942 for such a long time before I finally got my hands on a copy I have seen many favourable reviews of it over the years, and am now adding my own into the mix The book s blurb greatly praises Dennys, saying as it does Hundreds of small towns in England underwent dramas similar to those enjoyed or bravely borne by the citizens of this one But none of those other small towns sheltered an observer with such an eye for comedy, who was equally deft with pen and pencil Henrietta s War is a fictionalised series of wartime letters, which first appeared as a regular magazine feature in the United Kingdom, in the now defunct Sketch They were not published together until 1985 however, after Dennys uncovered them in a drawer during a particularly thorough spring clean She sought a publisher for them only after being urged to do so by her friends.There is a highly autobiographical element to these letters, and many similarities can be drawn between Dennys and Henrietta The blurb points out that Dennys recreated a facsimile of herself here, but makes clear that the rest of the characters are pure inventions Not all of the letters have been collected together and published in this volume rather, a selection has been made of the originals They have been placed chronologically, as one might expect, and span the period between the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, and the Christmas of 1941 Henrietta s War purports to the wartime letters to a friend serving overseas, written by a doctor s wife who lives in a seaside town named Budleigh Salterton in Devonshire The recipient is Robert, described as a middle aged colonel on the Western Front , who has known Henrietta since both were small children The blurb describes the way in which The world she invented to counteract the glooms of wartime is a perfect one of dogs and gardens and tea parties, inhabited by bumbling vicars, retired colonels and fierce tweedy ladies who long for Hitler to land on their beach so they can give him what for The book s blurb boasts that it is as fresh as the day it was written Certainly, the tone is chatty and amusing Dennys series of accounts have such a warmth and affection to them, as well as an overriding intelligence There is such understanding here, too In the first letter, for instance, Henrietta writes I think there is a tendency in our generation to adopt a superior, know all attitude towards this war just because we happen to have been through the last one, which the young must find maddening One cannot help but draw comparisons between Henrietta s War and E.M Delafield s The Diary of a Provincial Lady series, in terms of their general themes, standpoints, humour, and wartime settings As with The Provincial Lady, the trivial is often discussed in rather a lighthearted way the wearing of trousers by fellow slack minded female villagers, for instance alongside theserious elements of living in wartime her husband not wanting to be called up is one poignant example Asides are made even with such serious things in this instance, Henrietta tells Robert that we are expecting a shower of white feathers by every post After the test of an air raid warning, she writes I haven t seen this place so gay since the Coronation She later says, of the effect of the war upon her I find that I growandabsent minded, and I blame the war We are so constantly urged to concentrate on keeping Bright, Brave and Confident, that it doesn t give a woman a moment in which to realise that she hasn t put on her skirt that morning, or that she is walking down the High Street in her bedroom slippers Henrietta s War proved to be the perfect holiday read there is a seriousness to it, of course, given the wartime situation in which the characters have to cope, but it is filled with amusing anecdotes, and its tone is lighthearted enough to make the whole feel joyous Dennys accompanying illustrations are quite charming Stylistically, they have a humour all of their own Henrietta s War is filled with character, and is highly entertaining from start to finish. WWII from the perspective of the home front in a small village in Devon I was taken aback and disconcerted at how light hearted and cheerful it is, frothy, even But then one recollects that as a collection of newspaper sketches, many if not most of its original readers had plenty of grim reality close at hand and probably cherished its wittiness greatly It s enlivened by sketches by the author which add some period charm. Inevitably I found myself comparing this to The Diary of a Provincial Lady which, of course, I love But I also loved Henrietta s War News from the Home Front 1939 1942, which is gentler and kinder in some ways I assume that the setting is Budleigh Salterton, since the town seems to own several of Joyce Dennys s paintings of local scenes they are full of the sort of characters who populate her book, which is rather joyous I love the story, early on, that the local fisherman are telling the summer visitors outrageous stories, and Charles merely observes that perhaps the fishermen aren t always being entirely truthful Or little comments like Bindweed is a crawling plant which has its roots in Australia There are fewer references, too, to enervating battles with the servants Henrietta seems to get on quite warmly with hers But despite its humour, Henrietta s War does convey the awful, grim, persistent fear that undermined the daily lives of people during the war, usually coupled with determination not to give in to it And contrary to the belief of the summer visitors, safe Devon saw quite a lot of destruction, as enemy bombers dumped their bombs after attacks on the dockyards at Plymouth Much of the countryside was closed off for training and for munitions dumps, and Henrietta s fear that when the coast path is reopened to walkers after exercises, there might be a live shell left, seems perfectly natural.Henrietta and her friend Faith both clearly struggle with feelings of depression and frustration, leaving the reader to wonder how many people did give in, and how those around them coped if they did This book, however, is a wonderful example of how it is possible to find laughter even in adversity, and I m looking forward to reading the sequel.A final thought the epistolary form it is written as a series of letters to Henrietta s childhood friend, Robert, who is serving overseas gives a sense of great immediacy and chattiness, and that you know Henrietta personally It must have been very comforting to readers of The Sketch, where it appeared as a column, forging a link between town and country and helping to create the feeling of One Brave Little Nation said in a very slightly self deprecatory way barely masking a Typically British Stiff Upper Lip.