heaven_ali (heaven_ali) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

#113 Minnie's Room: the peacetime stories - Mollie Panter Downes (Persephone) 2002

This companion volume to Persephone book no. 8 Good Evening, Mrs Craven contains ten stories describing aspects of British life in the years after the war. 'Minnie's Room' itself is about a family who are unable to believe that their maid wants to leave them to live in a room of her own. An elderly couple emigrates because of 'the dragon out to gobble their modest, honourable incomes.' The sisters in 'Beside the Still Waters' grumble because 'Everything is so terribly difficult nowadays.'

Persephone book number 34. It is always such a treat to pick up an unread Persephone book. I have to say I loved these stories. I read the war time stories some time ago and enjoyed them enormously. What Mollie Panter Downes manages to do in not very many words - is to paint a picture beautifully of an entire world, past present and future, you hear the voices, see and feel the insecurities and petty snobberies up close. There is remarkable detail in these everyday lives, and therefore the characters become very real, a vividly poignant portrait of England during the late 1940's and 1950's emerges from this slight volume.

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