- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services; First Editiion edition (1 Jan. 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0233979700
- ISBN-13: 978-0233979700
- Package Dimensions: 20.6 x 12.2 x 1.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,420,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Henrietta Sees it Through: More News from the Home Front, 1942-45 Hardcover – 1 Jan 1986
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Of course, Henrietta and her friends are aware that they are not in the front line and they suffer many pointed comments from those who have been bombed out. As Lady B, Henrietta's closest friend and ally states though, living in London is very much like being an "only child." Residing in the close knit community where they live is difficult, but is ultimately like being in a family - often leading to squabbles, but ultimately good for you. However, the jibes obviously hurt, especially when the war intrudes in personal ways. There is one really tragic moment when somebody's son is killed, yet the mother still takes part in a croquet tournament, and does not even tell anyone there that it happened. I found a real lump in my throat, I have to say, and was surprised in such a generally light-hearted book. Indeed, the general feel of this, second, book, is much wearier and people tend to suffer more `night terrors' and stress. However, there is also much humour and warmth too. Faith finally ties the knot with the Conductor, The Linnet gets engaged and life, of course, goes on.
Together, these books paint an interesting picture of the Home Front in a small seaside town. Obviously they are meant as propaganda and Henrietta is ultimately cheerful and sensible; her voice persuading women they are doing their best and exhorting them to try harder. Her longing for an evacuee is one which was certainly not welcomed with joy by many housewives, I am sure. However, they are an enjoyable read and I love the characters we meet throughout the two books. Joyce Dennys was an absolute comic genius and her work still has the power to move you, make you think and make you laugh.
It's a wonderful book, just like the first one was. The fact that it was once monthly installments in a newspaper that war torn England was looking forward to, makes it so much more fun to read. That in the middle of the war, Joyce Dennys, was able to see humour in the smallest things and to let her audience join in her, her husband's and her daughter's lives, makes it a treat. It doesn't matter that Lady B, Faith & the Conductor, Mrs. Savernack, Mrs. Whinebite, Mrs. & Colonel Simpkins and the Admiral are all fictional. No doubt she saw their personalities around her.
I felt cosy and warm reading these books, I had a vivid picture in my mind of all the characters, the sweet, the self-important and particularly the eccentrics and I recommend them to anyone who wants just a nice, light read.
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