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Ethel and Ernest based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is probably Raymond Briggs' (author of When the Wind Blows) most personal graphic novel. It tells the story of the lives of his parents in brief vignettes, from the time they first met, she a lady's maid and he a milk deliveryman till their deaths in 1970 and 1971 respectively. Its obviously a labour of love and in the course of the tale, one grows to know both as warm-hearted, kind people very much in love with each other. Whether its the wonder of buying their own home, disagreements over politics (Ernest is a staunch supporter of labour while Ethel puts her faith in the gentlemen of the conservative party), their joy when their only son qualifies for grammar school or their consternation when he decides to take up art, one can't help but be moved by the way they respond to their changing fortunes, both good and bad. Nor can one fail to be moved by the devotion of their son in penning and painting this work of art in their memory.