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Return to Book Page. Preview jesica Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford. Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford. Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking rfbels, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family.

Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer; Diana, wife to the English fascist chief Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, who fell head over in heels in rebelz with Hitler; and Deborah, later the Duchess of Devonshire. Jessica Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family.

Jessica swung left and moved to America, where she took part in the civil rights movement and wrote her classic expose of the undertaking business, The American Way of Death. Hons and Rebels is the hugely entertaining tale of Mitford’s upbringing, which was, as she dryly remarks, not exactly conventional. Debo spent silent hours in the chicken house learning to do an exact imitation of the look of pained concentration that comes over a hen’s face when it is laying an egg.

Unity and I made up a complete language called Boudledidge, unintelligible to any but ourselves, in which we translated various dirty songs for safe singing in front of the grown-ups.

But Mitford found her family’s world as smothering as it was singular and, determined to escape it, she eloped with Esmond Romilly, Churchill’s nephew, to go fight in the Spanish Civil War. The ensuing scandal, in which a British destroyer was dispatched to recover the two truants, inspires some of Mitford’s funniest, and most pointed, pages.

A family portrait, a tale of youthful folly and high-spirited adventure, a study in social history, a love story, Honns and Rebels is a delightful contribution to the autobiographer’s art. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask bons readers questions about Hons and Rebelsplease sign up. Does anyone or book club have discussion questions on Hon and Rebels by Jessica Mitford?

Would appreciate your sharing. Anne Lovett I think some good questions would be; Do you think Jessica did the right thing by running away with Esmond? Why or why not? What do you think of the …more I think some good questions would be; Do you think Jessica did the right thing by running away with Esmond? What do you think of the way her mother treated her children? Can you relate to how bored Jessica must have been growing up?

How might Jessica’s life have been changed if she had been allowed to go to school? See 1 question about Hons and Rebels…. Lists with This Book.

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Jun 02, Chrissie rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this book. One gets a different perspective of the Mitfords, a perspective from within. Jessica tells of her life and her family from her point of view.

Events are told with immediacy, with a girlish gush of enthusiasm that feels thoroughly honest, genuine, youthful and engaging. Underlying the humor is a seriousness which provides food for thought.

Before reading this book it is helpful to already be acquainted with the ba I really enjoyed this book. Before reading this book it is helpful to already be acquainted with the basics about the family.

Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford

For that I recommend The Sisters: It was very good, so I gave it four stars too. Unfortunately the book stops too soon. It covers her privileged, aristocratic childhood, elopement with her second cousin Esmond Romilly, both only 19 years old and off to the Spanish Civil War. She is pregnant for the second time. What I was given I thoroughly enjoyed, but I really did want more, more about the years to come and more about why the couple chose to go to America and not Russia!

The audiobook I listened to migford narrated by Jenny Agutter. The narration is excellent. I adored the different inflections used for Americans and Brits. I chose The Pursuit of Love. I knew that although fictional it was based on family events. It failed me totally!

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View all 17 comments. Nov 20, Richard Derus rated it really liked it. I was inspired to buy it by its ten cent price and also its ghastly, 60s-Penguin “artwork” cover. Oh, the joys of being in a master’s hands.

Mitford dashes off, appa Rating: Mitford dashes off, apparently effortlessly, sketches of her bizarre family, never straying into hatefulness even where antipathy exists.

Her completely unconventional upbringing wuth a mother who refused to vaccinate her a decision with a horrible, tragic cost later: Mitford contracted measles and gave them to her newborn daughter, who died as a resultcontending that “the Good Body” knew its stuff, and a father whose major occupations appear to have been shouting and stomping and campaigning for Conservative politicians.

Her wildly disparate sisters, novelist Nancy as the eldest and the most remote from Jessica; Diana, the jessicq beauty and future Fascist; and Unity, the tragic figure of the family, a giant Valkyrie ironically enough, this is also her middle name!

The other sisters, Pam and Deborah, pretty much don’t figure into Jessica’s life, and her brother Tom was so much older he was more of a visiting uncle. So Jessica tells us the tale of someone born into privilege, luxury, and uselessness, who finds all of these qualities completely intolerable and who cannot, cannot, cannot endure the idea of the life that is laid out before her.

She doesn’t know what she believes, but she’s sure it’s not what her family believes. I fell in love with her right then and there.

I felt the same way. Jesus, racism, and conservative politics made me nauseated, as they did my eldest sister. So Jessica Mitford, Girl Rebel, looks for a way out: Her cousin Esmond, a professional rebel with a published book and a troublemaking newspaper founded and run before he was 16, fit the bill.

She spends a year finagling an introduction to him, suprisingly difficult because she’s so sheltered and he’s so disreputable; but once it happens, it was the proverbial match to gas! I cried when they lost their first daughter so unnecessarily; I cheered when they got to own that bar in Miami; I sat numbed by the enormity of Jessica’s loss when Esmond died when he was 23, fighting against the Fascists he’d hated all his life, whether Spanish, English, or German.

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I am so glad that I finally read this book that’s as old as I am, being published in My copy isn’t that old, it dates from It’s very instructive to be reminded that youth isn’t necessarily wasted on the young. If you take my advice, you’ll read it to experience the joys and sorrows of youth one more time, from a safe distance; but the stakes remain high, because the storyteller is so talented. View all 6 comments. Sep 04, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Rowling, I worship Jessica “Decca” Mitford.

If I had a daughter, I’d name her after Jessica, who was born into an aristocratic family, ran away with her hunky Communist cousin to fight in the Spanish Civil War, emigrated to the United States without a penny, and became a muckraking journalist with no formal schooling.

She devoted her life to fighting fascism, even while Like J. She devoted her life to fighting fascism, even while 2 of her sisters became close associates of Adolf Hitler. Don’t get me wrong, though. I don’t love Jessica for her political convinctions — I love her for her writing talent. Funny, sarcastic, and playful, she is a forerunner to Michael Moore.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Jessica’s ghost frequently haunts him for this stance, causing him frequent meltdowns by hiding his cigarettes and whiskey. Keep fighting the good fight, Decca.

Jun 08, Carol Storm rated it it was ok. Witty and smart — but maybe a little lacking in heart. It’s hard not to like Jessica Mitford. She was born into a world of aristocratic privilege in England, became a Communist, moved to America, and spent her whole life fighting against racism, sexism, and religious hypocrisy.

She was as fearless standing up to Klansmen in Mississippi as she was standing up to Brownshirts and Blackshirts in Europe. So it should be very exciting to read the story of her growing up. Jessica had a very large famil Witty and smart — but maybe a little lacking in heart. Jessica had a very large family, and her sisters were all just as notorious and exciting as she was in different ways.

But not all of them were as smart about the world. Diana fell in love with Oswald Moseley, the English fascist, and was ostracized from polite society as a traitor for most of her life.

Unity’s fate was even more horrific, she fell in love with Adolph Hitler, became a fanatical “Jew-hater” in her own words and then tried to kill herself when England declared war on Nazi Germany. In a ghastly accident, the bullet lodged in her head and she became permanently brain-damaged, only to die several years later.

Now with all this tragedy and suffering, you would expect Jessica Mitford to have something to say about what was missing from her childhood.