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Weird idea, clever book,
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This review is from: Miss Ranskill Comes Home (Paperback)
...So this woman has been shipwrecked on a desert island, where she's been living with another castaway until he's died and she's been rescued. She's been fond of this man, and he was very self-reliant and useful on a desert island, though as he was happily married and she was socially somewhat above him and it's the 1940s, Nothing Happened. And now she's being brought back to England, into the Second World War, which so far she's pretty much missed...
So far, so loopy. But if you can accept this far-fetched premise, what you get is a shrewd and funny book about how people's outlook can be completely changed by their circumstances. Nice, thoughtful Miss Ranskill has really learned a new philosophy from her desert island life, and now she's dumped into a whole new world of ration books, the blackout, and telling on your neighbours when they buy on the black market. Her old friends are living a different life, preoccupied by the war, and are not at all helpful - in fact this is often a book about how nasty women can be to each other.
Miss Ranskill is splendidly dauntless, and she wins out in the end. It's fun. Read it.