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Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther
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Sep 07, 11

Read in September, 2011


I think Mrs. Miniver becomes one of those characters in fiction, that, like Sherlock Holmes, readers can't quite believe is not real, or at least never lived. Although some stories are loosely based on incidents in Jan Sturther's own life, this is a charming work of fiction that rings very true indeed. It is no wonder that upon its appearance it was so instantly popular. With honesty and gentle humour, Jan Struther examines the everyday occupations of an upper class wife and mother in an England on the brink of war. Upper class she may be, but Mrs. Miniver is totally approachable, a sensible,likable woman. Her world may be unknown to us in one sense, yet in another it is totally familiar.
Mrs. Miniver first appeared in a column in The Times, and so it does not read like a novel, nor is it meant to. It is an episodic series of chronological short stories, each of them wise and charming, moving us closer to September 1939.
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