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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; 1st edition (3 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224046624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224046626
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov 1999
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful moving story written by the well known author Raymond Briggs, author of the Snowman. The true story begins as Ethel and Ernest meet. Their love and life together unfolds through a series of beautifully illustrated cartoons. The reader is taken on a journey of life's pleasures and pains, through the war years and beyond.
As a nurse and a lecturer in hospice care I was drawn to the end of the book which portrays first Ethel's dying and death followed by the death of Ernest. The images are so powerful that few words are needed. The inevitability and the pain of death and loss are clearly and sensitively portrayed.
Ethel and Ernest should be available in every school, every church, and every library throughout the world. It must be on the reading list of all health care professionals.
Read this book. You will laugh and you will cry but most of all you will understand a little more of life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan 1999
Format: Paperback
This slim volume contains the love story of Ethel and Ernest, two simple folk. Raymond, their son, is the affectionate storyteller, painting in words and pictures the story of his parents' marriage, 'til death they do part. I was in tears at the end; read it and experience times long past.
Celia Crossley
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is touching, beautifully drawn and also a surprisingly informative summary of the last 50 years. As a Briggs fan, I would rate this as his best yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MRS. ANN BRADLEY on 4 Jan 2013
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This is such an unusual book. I saw Richard Briggs being interviewed on TV about this book and felt compelled to order it. A delightful, moving, book illustrating the meeting, marriage and life of Richard Briggs parents. a treasure for those of us who are sentimental and still believe in love and marriage. i highly recommend this book for those reasons and the wonderful illustrations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily - London VINE VOICE on 23 Oct 2012
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From graphic novel to graphic biography, lives pared down to the essentials as Raymond Briggs draws the essence of the stories his parents told him about their lives, a quarter century after their deaths in 1971.

It made both me and my partner cry. "Forty one years in the same house." Died the same year. This is the story of a century told through a marriage. Raymond Briggs stands at the end of the book in the back garden with his wife looking at the pear tree he grew from a pip - from a pear he had eaten while evacuated to the country.

Part of its strength is that his parents were the twentieth century - his father born in 1900 just late enough to avoid the first world war. He was a milk man. They were early home buyers. Their house was bombed. They argued over politics and war and rationing and Churchill. They bought a fridge and a car and mowed the lawn. Their son passed the eleven plus and went into a very different world with art school, long hair and red wine. Some reviewers think that is trite - but for me it tells me where the man who wrote `Ug' and `When the Wind Blows' came from, and it is where a lot of people have come from.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dawson Jayne on 30 Nov 2012
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What a lovely story with beautiful pictures, all very vintage.
A heartfelt story typical of Raymond Briggs.
Suitable for those who wish to take a short trip down memory lane.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Goodwin on 18 May 2011
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This books format is simple to read being a cartoon strip narrative of an ordinary life. The book is moving and honest and i defy anyone not to be nearly in tears,or blubbering like a baby by the ending, i myself cried and so did others that loaned the book. Mr Briggs simple story of his mother and father, is a warts and all look at life love and relationships. I for one cannot praise Ethel & Ernest enough or find words to express its heart warming content. Buy it and tell me you are not moved by this simplistic tale.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar 1999
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As a child,i experianced Raymonds work in a differient manner to manny a person. This book a sheer masterpiece,exploring depths of illustration many artists have not. The story of his parents was simple,yet in great detail he would describe moments in their lifes that were not major on comparison with the rest of the story. I have loved Raymonds work since i was five.I have written to him ,and in responce,received a letter. Raymonds Work streches the minds of all young poeple alike-Raphael Verrion
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