Ethel & Ernest

Ethel & Ernest

Graphic Novel - 1999
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Now in paperback, from the author of the bestseller The Snowman, a poignant, funny, utterly original graphic memoir that tells the story of his parents lives.
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, 1999.
Edition: First American Paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780375714474
Branch Call Number: GN ETH
Characteristics: 103 pages : color illustrations, ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Ethel and Ernest


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neyoscribbles Jul 11, 2019

A very cute depiction of Ethel and Ernest's journey through life. Their way of surviving/living serves as implicit lessons on marriage, relationships and love. Perhaps it is a play on the decade or generational gap, but I felt that the darker subject matter was glossed over, especially issues that are political and social in nature. Included are, bite sized history lessons of London delivered in a funny and non PC manner.

NorthPlains_BriannaS Oct 06, 2018

Cute and light hearted depiction of the author's parents lives in England from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Jan 28, 2017

Famous cartoonist Raymond Briggs created this completely charming biography about his working class parents who lived simple lives through the Second World War in London.

Jun 02, 2015

Lovely little book. My whole family read it, even the teenagers.

Apr 02, 2015

Really lovely colour illustrations; sweet if dull storytelling.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 25, 2014

The author of Where the Wind Blows brings his family's story to life in this funny and tender tale. Romance, politics and social history are all cleverly brought together in cartoon format.

loveablelibrarian May 15, 2014

I picked this up after it was recommended at TCAF. It didn't disappoint! A truly tender look inside the lives of the authors parents. Not only did they live through fascinating times but they were deeply, yet perhaps quietly, in love with each other. Very touching.

smc01 Sep 09, 2010

This graphic novel is for everyone, not just regular readers of Graphica. It tells the story of Raymond Briggs' parents from their marriage to the time of their deaths. It emphasizes the war years when they struggled through the invasion of London and had to send their son away to live in the country. Simply told and beautifully illustrated, this novel tells us alot with its heartfelt pictures.


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