This is the fourth and final in a series of diaries written by Ruby Alice Side Thompson during World War ll. She lived in Romford, Essex a suburb outside of London. Ruby Thompson wrote almost daily about the incessant air raids and bombings, keeping meticulous records of the time, location, and length of these raids. She writes of the stress and terror revealing the emotioThis is the fourth and final in a series of diaries written by Ruby Alice Side Thompson during World War ll. She lived in Romford, Essex a suburb outside of London. Ruby Thompson wrote almost daily about the incessant air raids and bombings, keeping meticulous records of the time, location, and length of these raids. She writes of the stress and terror revealing the emotions, fears and the way lives were crippled due to the constant unknown of when or where a bomb would hit. In one segment she even sees a bomb sailing by her window. Her two youngest twin sons were directly affected by the war, one shot down over Germany, spending most of the war as a German war prisoner. His brother lost a leg. Ruby considered both these tragedies to be lucky compared to the fate of many others. Ruby writes brutally honest accounts of life as she saw things as they happened. They are her innermost thoughts, feelings, and frustrations. Because this personal record of events during the war and her marriage were not written for anyone but herself we are now, seventy years later, have a small peek into the past from which we can see a family trying to survive the London Blitz during World War II. Ruby's politically incorrect opinions, as well as her continual up and down moods also documents the war within her marriage as well as her continual vacillations with her religious beliefs. Her candidness is what makes this book a page-turner. If you have ancestors who were alive during World War II, in England, this book is a good place to find how households and family members lived during the London Blitz. Ruby Side Thompson's personal diaries bring history into reality....
|Title||:||World War II: London Blitz Diary, Volume 4: 1944|
|Number of Pages||:||252 Pages|
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World War II: London Blitz Diary, Volume 4: 1944 Reviews
I loved reading Ruby!!
With this book, I have read all four volumes of Ruby's diaries about her personal life during World War II. I began with Volume 2 almost three years ago. I enjoyed picking up the books to spend some time with Ruby, and then setting them down to do something else. Ruby bares her soul to her diary in the same way any woman might do to a trusted friend. She isn't always pleasant or admirable, but she probably said what most women thought and were unable to express at the time. I felt as if I were her trusted friend and read sympathetically about her continuing struggle to come to terms with people and situations that bedeviled her. Ruby did tend to repeat herself, because she was sorting out her life and her relationships with her husband, sons, and friends while enduring the hardships and terror of war. However, the language in her diaries is probably superior to most as in this excerpt:"Everything seems so senseless. Yet it need not be. Surely there are enough sensible people in the world to run it sensibly. The trouble of course is how to oust the fools in possession. So anger consumes me, private anger at the incompetent gasbag of a husband I cannot escape, and social anger at the incompetent gasbags of politicians and statesmen and militarists who have put our civilization into its present spin towards total destruction." Unfortunately, this statement is too true today, seventy years later.In all four volumes, Ruby relates her highs and lows, her attraction/repulsion with her husband's Catholic religion, and friends and family whom she enjoys or writes off for one reason or another. She had no one in whom she could confide her thoughts about the situations that were nearly as oppressive as the war. Along with her mention of certain milestones in the war, she gives us a glimpse of daily life and the concerns of women at the time. If Ruby had been able to lead a normal life during this time, she might have obsessed less about her husband and religion. I found that she complained less of her domestic life in volume four as the constant barrage of unmanned bombs and the V2 rockets kept her in nearly continual terror and disrupted what normalcy she enjoyed.I recommend these four volumes highly and suggest they be read a little here, a little there to offset the repetition. It is easy to pick up the thread and to enjoy a visit with Ruby as one might enjoy any friend who is articulate, intelligent, torn, and struggling to stay alive through one of life's bumpier rides.
If you want a glimpse into what everyday life was like for those living in London during WWII, this series of books will satisfy your curiosity. I read a few reviews that said that the diaries get repetitive, but you do have to consider that you're reading a woman's diary, so she's going to tend to write about the same things. It's amazing to see what people lived through during those years. I loved it! Now I want to know what happens to Ruby after the war...
As with the previous volumes, I loved this book. While I do not agree with some of Ruby's thoughts, I love her bold and honest expressions of her feelings. What an insight into the horrors of war. Anyone interested in the homefront of WWII should read this book.
I love this book! This book was about world war two told from a womans perspective.