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The only comic that made me cry,
This review is from: When the Wind Blows (Paperback)
I found this book completely by accident when my parents were sorting out their house and read it that night. I was brought to tears by the story. Jim and Hilda Bloggs are a typical retired couple living in rural Sussex during the height of the Cold War in the early 1980s. They reminicse on their experiences of WW2 through rose tinted glasses while building their own fall out shelter, following the government guidelines to the letter, even when the instructions contradict themselves.
The first half of the book is pretty much a black comedy as Jim and Hilda try and understand what's going on, but the second half is gut wrenching as they suffer the effects of radiation sickness, still believing that someone come and help them. Brigg's style changes accordingly, starting bright and colourful like his other stories but then going to a deathly pallor as the radiation becomes more prevalent before fading to black.
It's beautifully told and thought provoking. Jim and Hilda (based very much on Brigg's own parents) are probably like people you know and sometimes you feel like shaking the book to make them understand, but instead you just have to keep on reading, no matter how it makes you feel.