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Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther

Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther

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Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther is a 288-page hardcover published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1940.  There is a plastic cover over the dust jacket, which has some shelf wear.  Inside, there is some foxing and tanning to the pages but the pages are clean and unmarked and the binding is tight.

Book Summary

Meet Mrs. Miniver.  Mrs. Miniver is British.  She is also international.  She is the universal, heart-warming symbol of the endurable and pleasant sides of existence.  Against the shadow of the present she holds up to view the everyday domesticities, the comings and goings of family life, and finds them good.

Mrs. Miniver at tea, Mrs. Miniver trying to discover what the windshield wiper is really saying, Mrs. Miniver and her three unpredictable children and her altogether too predictable husband, Mrs. Miniver and the woman who said she could only accept Really Nice Children as exacues--the writing and characters in these thumbnail sketches are disarmingly simple and recognizable, and yet, by the author's gift of intense observation, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and suddenly important.

A pleasant book at this time!  It hardly seems possible until you read Mrs. Miniver.  She speaks of the fundamental and the permanent in a manner which is charming, humorous, and wise.  It is good to hear, and readers everywhere should welcome her.

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