- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3365 KB
- Print Length: 328 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd (2 April 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KI5913O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
Set against a background of WWII, we are also introduced to a cast of characters some of whom are funny, outrageous or sometimes heroic, but all coping with the War in their own way.
Beautifully written, moving and inspiring yet funny in parts, this is a wonderful read, which I wholeheartedly recommend.
This may all sound very far-fetched, but Todd actually makes it seem believable. I thought the whole idea of someone being cut off from the world and returning home only to find themselves suddenly thrown into the middle of a war was absolutely fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the first half of the book which deals with the first few days of Miss Ranskill's arrival in England, when everything feels strange and surreal. Even the English language seems different and full of unfamiliar words. When she tries to buy food she can't understand why she's asked for her 'ration book', or why she needs 'coupons' to purchase clothes. This leads to some very amusing situations but at the same time you can't help but feel sorry for poor Miss Ranskill.
Although he's dead before the story even begins, the strongest character in the book is the Carpenter. He is constantly in Miss Ranskill's thoughts and his presence is there on almost every page in the form of flashbacks and memories.Read more ›
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