|Title||:||That's How It Was|
|Number of Pages||:||199 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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That's How It Was Reviews
Oh god, my HEART. What a gorgeous and sad little book. I picked it up for the working-class childhood + lesbian-coming-of-age elements, but really, it is just an incredibly moving tribute to a truly extraordinary mother. If I ever get to teach my "Mothers & Daughters" dream course, this will definitely be on the syllabus.
My favorite book. The best depiction of a mother and child relationship ever written. It will either fill you with warm nostalgia or the sadness of what you never had v
A starkly told story of the relationship between mother and child, framed through a wonderful evocation of the working-class life of wartime England. What makes this a little different is the frankness (especially for something released in the early-60s) of the narrator's emergent understanding of her own sexuality through teenagehood.In many respects this is a bleak little book. The mother's struggles with TB, abandonment and subsequent ill-fated marriage makes for decidedly unglamorous reading. As such, it's difficult to become too emotionally involved with anyone featured (it'd be far too draining). That said, it's a well drawn series of portraits of a loving - if someone cloying and unhealthy - bond between mother and daughter.
An engrossing read about a tubercular single mother's love for her daughter and commitment to her child's escape from poverty through education. Some idiomatic use of English and cultural references as well as occasionally fuzzy writing made a few early parts of the novel challenging. However, once I was a third of the way into the book, I found it hard to put down. Worthwhile.
This is a delightful coming of age story that takes place in London during the war. Paddy and her mother, Louey, survive abandonment, poverty, and a step family. Louey sacrifices everything she has to educate her daughter. I enjoyed every minute of it!