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    IGNOU books 2019 In Hindi Online PDF Free she dryly remarks, not exactly conventional Debo spent silent hours in the chicken house learning to do an exact imitation of the look of pained concentration that comes over a hen s face when it is laying an egg Unity and I made up a complete language called Boudledidge, unintelligible to any but ourselves, in which we translated various dirty songs for safe singing in front of the grown ups But Mitford found her family s world as smothering as it was singular and, determined to escape it, she eloped with Esmond Romilly, Churchill s nephew, to go fight in the Spanish Civil War The ensuing scandal, in which a British destroyer was dispatched to recover the two truants, inspires some of Mitford s funniest, and most pointed, pagesA family portrait, a tale of youthful folly and high spirited adventure, a study in social history, a love story, Hons and rebels is a delightful contribution to the autobiographer s art."/>
  • 222 pages
  • Hons and rebels
  • Jessica Mitford
  • English
  • 18 September 2017
  • 0575010967

Hons and rebels[KINDLE] ❄ Hons and rebels By Jessica Mitford – Essayreview.co.uk Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer Diana, wife to the English fascist chief Sir Oswald Mosley Unity, who fell head over in heels in love with Hitler and Deborah, later the Duchess of Devonshire Jessica swung left and moved to America, where she took part in the civil rights movement and wrote her classic expos of the undertaking business, The American Way of Death Hons and rebels is the hugely Hons and PDF \ entertaining tale of Mitford s upbringing, which was, as she dryly remarks, not exactly conventional Debo spent silent hours in the chicken house learning to do an exact imitation of the look of pained concentration that comes over a hen s face when it is laying an egg Unity and I made up a complete language called Boudledidge, unintelligible to any but ourselves, in which we translated various dirty songs for safe singing in front of the grown ups But Mitford found her family s world as smothering as it was singular and, determined to escape it, she eloped with Esmond Romilly, Churchill s nephew, to go fight in the Spanish Civil War The ensuing scandal, in which a British destroyer was dispatched to recover the two truants, inspires some of Mitford s funniest, and most pointed, pagesA family portrait, a tale of youthful folly and high spirited adventure, a study in social history, a love story, Hons and rebels is a delightful contribution to the autobiographer s art.


About the Author: Jessica Mitford

Jessica Lucy Freeman Mitford was an English author, journalist and political campaigner, who was one of the Mitford sisters She gained American citizenship in later life.


10 thoughts on “Hons and rebels

  1. says:

    I really enjoyed this book One gets a different perspective of the Mitfords, a perspective from within Jessica tells of her life and her family from her point of view Events are told with immediacy, with a girlish gush of enthusiasm that feels thoroughly honest, genuine, youthful and engaging I got a huge kick out of the humor in the book s lines Underlying the humor is a seriousness which provides food for thought Before reading this book it is helpful to already be acquainted with the ba I really enjoyed this book One gets a different perspective of the Mitfords, a perspective from within Jessica tells of her life and her family from her point of view Events are told with immediacy, with a girlish gush of enthusiasm that feels thoroughly honest, genuine, youthful and engaging I got a huge kick out of the humor in the book s lines Underlying the humor is a seriousness which provides food for thought Before reading this book it is helpful to already be acquainted with the basics about the family For that I recommend The Sisters The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S Lovell It was very good, so I gave it four stars too Having read that and so a solid groundwork to stand on, Jessica s book gives the reader further insight into Jessica s own character and her relationships with her sisters.Unfortunately the book stops too soon It covers her privileged, aristocratic childhood, elopement with her second cousin Esmond Romilly, both only 19 years old and off to the Spanish Civil War It concludes with the outbreak of the Second World War when Esmond leaves for Canada and Airforce Training Camp She is pregnant for the second time We are summarily told of Esmond s tragic death which will soon follow in 1941.What I was given I thoroughly enjoyed, but I really did want ,about the years to come andabout why the couple chose to go to America and not Russia To me it seemed that many of their actions were inspiredby adolescent rebellion, naivety and a young lovers attraction rather than deep political beliefs The audiobook I listened to is narrated by Jenny Agutter It is based on the book s 1989 edition which restores that which had been removed from the original 1960 edition The narration is excellent I adored the different inflections used for Americans and Brits After this I went on to read a novel by Jessica s authorial sister, Nancy Mitford I chose The Pursuit of Love I knew that although fictional it was based on family events It failed me totally

  2. says:

    Rating 4.25 of fiveI fastened on this at a liberry sale I went to recently, remembering that some fellow LTer was on a Mitford Girls kick I was inspired to buy it by its ten cent price and also its ghastly, 60s Penguin artwork cover I like that it says 3 6 for a price, so exotic and incomprehensible And also, The American Way of Death made a huge impression on me as a boy, so I wanted to knowabout Miss Mitford.Oh, the joys of being in a master s hands Mitford dashes off, appa Rating 4.25 of fiveI fastened on this at a liberry sale I went to recently, remembering that some fellow LTer was on a Mitford Girls kick I was inspired to buy it by its ten cent price and also its ghastly, 60s Penguin artwork cover I like that it says 3 6 for a price, so exotic and incomprehensible And also, The American Way of Death made a huge impression on me as a boy, so I wanted to knowabout Miss Mitford.Oh, the joys of being in a master s hands Mitford dashes off, apparently effortlessly, sketches of her bizarre family, never straying into hatefulness even where antipathy exists Her completely unconventional upbringing wuth a mother who refused to vaccinate her a decision with a horrible, tragic cost later Mitford contracted measles and gave them to her newborn daughter, who died as a result , contending that the Good Body knew its stuff, and a father whose major occupations appear to have been shouting and stomping and campaigning for Conservative politicians Her wildly disparate sisters, novelist Nancy as the eldest and the most remote from Jessica Diana, the great beauty and future Fascist and Unity, the tragic figure of the family, a giant Valkyrie ironically enough, this is also her middle name with an outsized personality to match, whose horrible fate was to try unsuccessfully to kill herself when her beloved Nazi Germany made war on her homeland The other sisters, Pam and Deborah, pretty much don t figure into Jessica s life, and her brother Tom was so much older he wasof a visiting uncle So Jessica tells us the tale of someone born into privilege, luxury, and uselessness, who finds all of these qualities completely intolerable and who cannot, cannot, cannot endure the idea of the life that is laid out before her She doesn t know what she believes, but she s sure it s not what her family believes.I fell in love with her right then and there I felt the same way Jesus, racism, and conservative politics made me nauseated, as they did my eldest sister.So Jessica Mitford, Girl Rebel, looks for a way out Her cousin Esmond, a professional rebel with a published book and a troublemaking newspaper founded and run before he was 16, fit the bill She spends a year finagling an introduction to him, suprisingly difficult because she s so sheltered and he s so disreputable but once it happens, it was the proverbial match to gas I adored Esmond as much as Jessica did, and I adored Jessica as much as Esmond did I cried when they lost their first daughter so unnecessarily I cheered when they got to own that bar in Miami I sat numbed by the enormity of Jessica s loss when Esmond died when he was 23, fighting against the Fascists he d hated all his life, whether Spanish, English, or German.I am so glad that I finally read this book that s as old as I am, being published in 1960 My copy isn t that old, it dates from 1962 It s very instructive to be reminded that youth isn t necessarily wasted on the young.If you take my advice, you ll read it to experience the joys and sorrows of youth onetime, from a safe distance but the stakes remain high, because the storyteller is so talented

  3. says:

    Like J.K Rowling, I worship Jessica Decca Mitford If I had a daughter, I d name her after Jessica, who was born into an aristocratic family, ran away with her hunky Communist cousin to fight in the Spanish Civil War, emigrated to the United States without a penny, and became a muckraking journalist with no formal schooling My mouth was agape the entire time I read HONS AND REBELSit seemed incredible that Mitford s story wasn t fiction She devoted her life to fighting fascism, even while Like J.K Rowling, I worship Jessica Decca Mitford If I had a daughter, I d name her after Jessica, who was born into an aristocratic family, ran away with her hunky Communist cousin to fight in the Spanish Civil War, emigrated to the United States without a penny, and became a muckraking journalist with no formal schooling My mouth was agape the entire time I read HONS AND REBELSit seemed incredible that Mitford s story wasn t fiction She devoted her life to fighting fascism, even while 2 of her sisters became close associates of Adolf Hitler Don t get me wrong, though I don t love Jessica for her political convinctions I love her for her writing talent Funny, sarcastic, and playful, she is a forerunner to Michael Moore.This edition of HONS AND REBELS includes a preface by Christopher Hitchens, whom I also love, even though he s a complete lunatic on the subject of the Iraq War I have a sneaking suspicion that Jessica s ghost frequently haunts him for this stance, causing him frequent meltdowns by hiding his cigarettes and whiskey Keep fighting the good fight, Decca

  4. says:

    You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty. Decca is a seriously underrated Mitford sister, and very sadly not my namesake Her dashing and, at times, melodramatic life story reads like a soap opera it s a story of adolescent rebellion Having opened a Running Away Account as a child, at nineteen she eloped to Spain to fight in the civil war and then successfully emigrated to the States without a penny, later to establish herself as a notoriously muckr You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty. Decca is a seriously underrated Mitford sister, and very sadly not my namesake Her dashing and, at times, melodramatic life story reads like a soap opera it s a story of adolescent rebellion Having opened a Running Away Account as a child, at nineteen she eloped to Spain to fight in the civil war and then successfully emigrated to the States without a penny, later to establish herself as a notoriously muckraking journalist Hons and Rebels is playful, hilarious, gushing with enthusiasm and saturated with dry wit, especially as Decca looks back with distaste at what she saw as a stifling childhood with her bizarre aristocratic family She also provides an interesting insight into a lost way of life, the state of British politics from a very privileged perspective, of course and the hypocrisy that existed alongside Not much has changed there It s strange to consider that Decca neglects to even mention her time in Nazi Munich in her memoir, which is a mystery and a real shame Besides Munich being one of my favourite cities on Earth, it would have been a very interesting account not just historically, but coming from a Communist, or as she teasingly dubbed herself, the Red Sheep of the family She s similarly reticent about the developments in her relationship with Unity, her foaming at the mouth Fascist sister In fact, the entire memoir is somewhat lacking in emotion or real heart, particularly her relationship with the charismatic Esmond Similarly, whilst the book is endlessly engaging in her preparations to join the Spanish guerrilla girls, it loses momentum once Decca s on American soil living hand to mouth It is, however, startlingly well written the economy and acute observation are testimony to her journalistic training.Great fun I would however recommend establishing some basic groundwork on the Mitfords before embarking on this specific memoir Decca assumes that you ve been keeping up with the social scene and gossip columns of the thirties

  5. says:

    Jessica Mitford was the Ballroom Communist of the engagingly eccentric Mitford Family The second youngest daughter of the 2nd Baron Redesdalee, she had an unconventional upbringing where education was the bare minimum to make a good wife Always wishing for an escape from her family, be it through schooling or politics or moving to another continent, she suffered through being a deb and presentation before the queen and watching her family come apart at the seems due to adivergence in beliefs Jessica Mitford was the Ballroom Communist of the engagingly eccentric Mitford Family The second youngest daughter of the 2nd Baron Redesdalee, she had an unconventional upbringing where education was the bare minimum to make a good wife Always wishing for an escape from her family, be it through schooling or politics or moving to another continent, she suffered through being a deb and presentation before the queen and watching her family come apart at the seems due to adivergence in beliefs But at her first chance she ran off with her cousin, Esmond Rommilly , the nephew of Winston Churchill, to fight Franco in Spain What with all of England trying to force her home, sending really big ships no less, even the courts of Chancery, it s surprising that she actually was able to succeed in her convictions and in marryingEsmond The madcap and eccentric life that followed from Rotherhithe to the United States with Esmond equals that of her earlier life, but with herself being the master of her fate.I rarely read biographies I have to say, ifbiographies were as fun and enjoyable as Jessica Mitford s I would read nothing but The Mitford family has always been fascinating to me, what with the sisters paths being so divergent Nancy was one of the Bright Young Things and a literary darling, with Love in a Cold Climate, which basically skewered her own family for her amusement Pamela was horse obsessed and kind of out of the limelight Diana married the heir to the Guinness fortune then divorced him to have an affair with the head of the British Facist party When they eventually married, Hitler was at their wedding, which was held at the Goebbels house She also spent time in prison Unity was Hitler s biggest fan and when war broke out between England and Germany she failed at committing suicide only to die of meningitis AndDebo well she married the Duke of Devonshire and lives at Chatsworth , writes books about chickens and is the last remaining Mitford daughter You could not make this stuff up From her earliest days with family to her later life withEsmond, Jessica captures the love she had for these people while at the same time the exasperation of her situation From hoarding money so she could run away, to the ultimate subterfuge that resulted in her being victorious, even if she had to chase the SpanishConsulate representative all over England and France To the years scarping by in the States doing anything and everything to stay there, from selling stockings door to door to being a bouncer at a bar That s right, Jessica, not her husband, was the bouncer.Given the extreme fame of her family and the career Jessica later established as a journalist in her own right, if a muckracker at that, it s beyond enjoyable to see where it all began The fact that a high born Hon would eschew her family and their beliefs to set out on her own crusade for right, for the poor and disadvantaged, is a noble crusade indeed But what you also see is that with Esmond, this is a love story From her first hearing mention of him, she was in love From their similar backgrounds of trying to shed off what was their families hereditary hangups, she envied him for his actual escape and later he aided her escape as well Whether he felt the same inevitability as her that they were meant to be is hinted at But what is certain is that they were perfectly matched It makes sense that the book ends with the outbreak of World War II It s the event that,than anything, shaped that generation, butpersonally than that, embodied the division of this family It was also the event that would claim Esmond s life But at least in this book, we can see the love still remains

  6. says:

    Witty and smart but maybe a little lacking in heart.It s hard not to like Jessica Mitford She was born into a world of aristocratic privilege in England, became a Communist, moved to America, and spent her whole life fighting against racism, sexism, and religious hypocrisy She was as fearless standing up to Klansmen in Mississippi as she was standing up to Brownshirts and Blackshirts in Europe So it should be very exciting to read the story of her growing up Jessica had a very large famil Witty and smart but maybe a little lacking in heart.It s hard not to like Jessica Mitford She was born into a world of aristocratic privilege in England, became a Communist, moved to America, and spent her whole life fighting against racism, sexism, and religious hypocrisy She was as fearless standing up to Klansmen in Mississippi as she was standing up to Brownshirts and Blackshirts in Europe So it should be very exciting to read the story of her growing up Jessica had a very large family, and her sisters were all just as notorious and exciting as she was in different ways But not all of them were as smart about the world Diana fell in love with Oswald Moseley, the English fascist, and was ostracized from polite society as a traitor for most of her life Unity s fate was evenhorrific, she fell in love with Adolph Hitler, became a fanatical Jew hater in her own words and then tried to kill herself when England declared war on Nazi Germany In a ghastly accident, the bullet lodged in her head and she became permanently brain damaged, only to die several years later Now with all this tragedy and suffering, you would expect Jessica Mitford to have something to say about what was missing from her childhood But there s a weird disconnect in the way she condemns her sisters politics but entirely avoids the question of what made them so angry that they would literally need to stomp on strangers just to feel good about themselves The real answer begins at home but Jessica, while ridiculing her parents snobbery, is strangely silent about the underlying coldness and lack of love in her childhood home At times you get the impression that Jessica herself really doesn t get that there s anything strange about a girl falling in love with Adolph Hitler, or talking openly about suicide as her only alternative if things go bad This book has plenty of wit, plenty of eccentric characters, but very little insight and no heart at all

  7. says:

    I read this quite hungrily because I needed a Mitford fix and I couldn t get the Sisters bio on kindle As others have noted there s something a bit flat here and I was surprisingly a bit disappointed Unity comes across as grotesque but it s never really explored And the dashing Esmond little better than a smarmy conman in the US There s a lot of eccentricity, tragedy and adventure but I didn t FEEL it.

  8. says:

    It s quite surprising that I hadn t read this book before as I have become a little addicted to reading about the mad bad Mitfords This is a really well written, funny memoir from one of those infamous sisters If anyone asked me who my favourite Mitford was it would be Nancy every time, the most fascinating was Diana, but the one I would have most likely liked in real life would have been Jessica Her warmth and likability come across strongly in this book, and she was able to poke gentle It s quite surprising that I hadn t read this book before as I have become a little addicted to reading about the mad bad Mitfords This is a really well written, funny memoir from one of those infamous sisters If anyone asked me who my favourite Mitford was it would be Nancy every time, the most fascinating was Diana, but the one I would have most likely liked in real life would have been Jessica Her warmth and likability come across strongly in this book, and she was able to poke gentle fun at herself, at the same time The early part of the book which recounts the so often told story of the Mitfords growing up at Swinbrook was my favourite part of the book The stories are a little different however, because of course Jessica was quite a bit younger than Nancy, Pam, Tom and Diana, and so the stories involving her, Unity and Debo are not quite the ones we know and which were told so well by Nancy In other books I have read about the Mitfords, I had never really got a feeling for Esmond Romilly, Decca s first husband, but here he is portrayed faithfully and of course with real affection An excellent memoir, which I am immediately adding to mypermanent collection of books

  9. says:

    A spotty memoir that glides over much of the author s early life while providing details on some seemingly random episodes The picture of her wacky childhood is charmingly told albeit somewhat terrifying to contemplate I could have usedabout each Mitford sister andinsight into how this teeming brood of aristos wound up careening off in wildly different directions After a gripping tale of Decca s escape to Civil War Spain with her cousin, the teenaged antifascist Esmond Romilly, t A spotty memoir that glides over much of the author s early life while providing details on some seemingly random episodes The picture of her wacky childhood is charmingly told albeit somewhat terrifying to contemplate I could have usedabout each Mitford sister andinsight into how this teeming brood of aristos wound up careening off in wildly different directions After a gripping tale of Decca s escape to Civil War Spain with her cousin, the teenaged antifascist Esmond Romilly, the book runs out of gas as the young couple goes to America and stumbles from one survival scheme to the next When World War II breaks out in earnest, Esmond drives off to join the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the book abruptly ends We re told in an author footnote that he was killed in action at age 23 In all a disappointment with flashes of insight and humor

  10. says:

    The first part is hilarious, containing a first hand description of the goings on at the well known dysfunctional aristocratic family in England between 1920 1930 s There were 6 Mitford sisters , and one brother all of them to become famous and or eccentric The second, less hilarious but rather interesting, part is about the author, a communist, who manages to elope with Esmond Romilly They unsuccessfully try to join the fight against the fascists in Spain and eventually end up in the US The first part is hilarious, containing a first hand description of the goings on at the well known dysfunctional aristocratic family in England between 1920 1930 s There were 6 Mitford sisters , and one brother all of them to become famous and or eccentric The second, less hilarious but rather interesting, part is about the author, a communist, who manages to elope with Esmond Romilly They unsuccessfully try to join the fight against the fascists in Spain and eventually end up in the US I was amazed on how much sympathy for the Nazis there seems to have been among the English aristocracy Esmond was seriously worried that Britain would join Hitler to attack the Soviet Union

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