London Was Ours: Diaries and Memoirs of the London Blitz

London Was Ours Diaries and Memoirs of the London Blitz For the nine months of the Blitz London was subjected to a brutal and indiscriminate bombing campaign aimed for the first time in history at shattering the resolve of a nation The Nazi raids on nigh

  • Title: London Was Ours: Diaries and Memoirs of the London Blitz
  • Author: Amy Helen Bell
  • ISBN: 9781848858497
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • For the nine months of the Blitz, London was subjected to a brutal and indiscriminate bombing campaign, aimed for the first time in history at shattering the resolve of a nation The Nazi raids on night time London provide some of the defining narratives of World War II the blitz spirit, air raid shelters in Underground stations and all the horrifying reality of one ofFor the nine months of the Blitz, London was subjected to a brutal and indiscriminate bombing campaign, aimed for the first time in history at shattering the resolve of a nation The Nazi raids on night time London provide some of the defining narratives of World War II the blitz spirit, air raid shelters in Underground stations and all the horrifying reality of one of the world s most powerful and historic cities under violent attack This book tells the epic story of a London under siege through the voices of those that lived it Amy Helen Bell here uncovers the personal stories of hundreds of Londoners from all walks of life, who scribbled in diaries and notebooks from inside air raid shelters and bombed out houses to record their experiences of the Blitz Expertly weaving these together, drawing out themes of loss, courage and love, what emerges is a thoughtfully argued and beautifully composed commentary on Britain s collective memory of one of the great conflicts of modern times By letting the warmth, despair and hope of these personal recollections speak, London Was Ours becomes a collective testament to the resilience of a people and a meditation on the nature of a nation s history.

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    1. Amy Helen Bell’s approach to use only first hand accounts in her analysis of the Blitz in London was what I appreciated most about this book. What I am learning to appreciate more and more as not just a history student, but also a creative writing student, is people’s adherence to historical facts and details. As tempted as I would be to write a story about the Blitz, I need to almost remember that the actual letters and diaries and notes that have survived should take the central role in sh [...]

    2. While Ms. Bell clearly did her research (notes and bibliography, together with the introduction, comprise nearly one-third of the 269 pages), this book, filled with CYA caveats and scholarly assertions followed by a few cherry-picked examples (and not enough of them to be conclusive), reads like the ponderous and ultimately weak dissertation it probably was.While some of the questions she posed were intriguing, I don't think she had enough evidence for any conclusions whatsoever.Rather a slog ge [...]

    3. I don't even remember when I finished this book. It was almost obviously a history dissertation that became published. Great concept. Extensive research. Very dry execution. And the organization wasn't clear to me.

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