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Jul 9, 2007, 10:22am

I came across a first US edition of MRS MINIVER at a yard sale at a retirement home last month. I was interested that, contrary to my memories of the movie, only two chapters seem to deal explicitly with the war and the blitz!

Jul 9, 2007, 10:52pm

I just borrowed Mrs. Miniver the movie from my library last week. I cringed all the way through! I'll try to see if anyone has the book in-system - it's got to be one of "the book was better" movies!

Jul 10, 2007, 9:04am

I think Mrs. Miniver was an excellent movie, though certainly, like many movies made during the war, it was propaganda. And I'm sure much was inaccurate (how on earth did they get someone to come repair their house so quickly?) Though I'm too young to know, I suspect that it captures the mood of the time in which it was made. Anyone old enough to remember, and willing to comment on that?

>1 wfzimmerman: Is the book worth reading?

Jul 10, 2007, 11:42am

I also have a very old Mrs. Miniver as well as both movies. I often pick up the book again as it has so many delightful stories of the Minivers, not just in war, but in many areas of their lives.

Jul 14, 2007, 1:05pm

Believe it or not, one of our smaller county libraries has retained a 1942 copy of Mrs. Miniver! Just holding a book that old is a treat and I am enjoying the wonderful descriptions of the countryside.

Has anyone read Diary of a Provincial Lady?

Jul 14, 2007, 5:16pm

Yes, I think I've read all of the Diary of a Provincial Lady books. There is one set during WWII, also, called The Provincial Lady in Wartime. It has been years since I read them, but I recall them as being amusing and entertaining. Worth reading.

There are a few other books you might like along similar lines: Henrietta's War and Henrietta Sees It Through, by Joyce Dennys - I've read these more than once and enjoy them more than the Provincial Lady books.

And one more: Entertaining Eric, by Maureen Wells (I'm giving up on the touchstones for this one, as it says there are 250 possibilities for titles!*) Entertaining Eric is a novel, I think, but it is in the form of letters written by the woman narrator to her childhood friend who is a soldier in WWII. These are also funny and offer a lighthearted look at life on the home front.

*The title possibilities I started looking through on the touchstones included things like Eric, a novel by Terry Pratchett, and Entertaining, by Martha Stewart!

Jul 14, 2007, 5:30pm

Oops! I just looked at the Henrietta books and found that those are the books written to Henrietta's childhood friend.

Also discovered, though, the full title of Entertaining Eric: A Wartime Love Story, and it has recently been reissued by Random House UK.

Jul 14, 2007, 6:49pm

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