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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful, 30 Sep 2013
This review is from: Miss Ranskill Comes Home (Paperback)
An impossible tale with a twist of pathos and humour. Miss Ranskill was on a cruise when she leant over the side of the ship to retrieve her hat which had blown off. She leant over too far and as a consequence fell into the ocean. She was rescued by a shipwrecked carpenter and found herself on a desert island where she remained for three years, until she was picked up by a naval vessel escorting a convoy. She had no idea there was a war on - one which had been raging for almost three years, and the main part of the story is about her struggling to come to terms with a very different world to that which she had left. Her ways are different and she sees no harm in walking to town barefoot and lightly clothed. She has great difficulty in getting used to rationing and there is one incident when she eats her whole week's butter ration in one go, much to the anger and dismay of the person with whom she is staying. She had no idea that in order to buy clothes she needed clothing coupons and in order to eat she needed a ration book. Eventually, of course, Miss Ranskill comes to terms with her present situation, but she never forgot her time on the desert island. A delightful story and one well worth reading.
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