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Book Title: Mrs. Miniver|
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The author of the book: Jan Struther
Edition: Grosset & Dunlap
Date of issue: 1942
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Ok finished the book. One final thought to complete the review. Mrs. Miniver did have something rather excellent to say on marriages and social life. She said that there was often one of a pair that you liked less than the other, or that one of them would always outshine the other (don't we all know couples like that?) and it was such a shame that you always had to invite both for dinner and couldn't have them over separately.
She said that a friend always had two dinner parties. One for the people she liked and one for all the people she had to invite but didn't like. Imagine how awful it would be to find out you were on the latter list!
Winston Churchill once said that Mrs. Miniver did more for the Allied cause than a flotilla of battleships. I can't say it would have that effect on our troops in the Middle East or anywhere else these days.
Can you imagine why soldiers would cherish the stories of a stonkingly wealthy middle-aged woman with a house and servants in a very posh area of London who amuses herself by visiting her son at Eton once a month (the other three weeks she goes to her country house for shootin', dinner parties or whatever). Her reflections on life are very positive. She really doesn't have anything to be negative about. No housework, plenty of money, husband takes care of bills and such, all she has to do is swan around smelling the chrysanthamums and thinking faux deep thoughts in a shallow, passing way as she goes about her daily round of doing... nothing.
I suppose WWII was still in the time of when the peasant touched his forelock and the man in the street raised his hat to a 'lady of quality'. Times have moved on! There is nothing to identify with here.
It could be read as memories of a gentler time when women knew their place and acted not-too-bright and always, at least out loud, agreed with the man who kept them. For men knew their place too, out in the world bringing home money to give his wife a clothing allowance and the satisfaction of knowing she would always be respected as his wife, and always be known as Mrs. Clem Miniver (and never Caroline Miniver, only divorcees - horror of horrors - would be known by their own first name).
What elevates this book is the writing. The writing is wonderful. I like reading books just because of the writing sometimes, and this writing elevates the rather awfully smug Mrs. Miniver and her stories into an enjoyable read.
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