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  • ISBN: 043487860X
  • Author: Joan Wyndham
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Europe
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Heinemann; First Edition edition (1985)
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • ePUB size: 1326 kb
  • FB2 size 1684 kb
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In this book Joan Wyndham continues the saga of her wartime life and loves begun in 'Love Lessons', and this one is as funny and fascinating as the earlier book. Joan has joined the WAAF, and is still having encounters with a variety of different men, artistic Petya, pretentious Zoltan, aristocratic Hamish, Norwegian Hans, and the very sexy Kit. One of the funniest bits in the book is her encounter with a very drunk Dylan Thomas, who first kisses her in a taxi, then tries to break into her apartment.

Originally published: London: Heinemann: Love lessons, 1985. by. Wyndham, Joan; Wyndham, Joan.

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Author whose charmingly louche wartime diaries brought her late fame. Such was a typical entry in Wyndham's wartime teenage diaries. First published as Love Lessons (1985), with a sequel Love is Blue (1987) they turned Wyndham into a late-flowering author.

Media Gallery for Joan Wyndham, Love Lessons: A Wartime Diary. Only very occasionally do I start reading a novel or book which is so good that I don't want to stop reading, only the nitty gritty of life (. eating, work and sleeping) made me put this book down. These wartime diaries are honest, sometimes self deprecating but always hugely amusing and interesting.

I'm afraid of it!' 'I have to drive the woman and her son to the hospital. Your friend can do it, can't she?' Kay laughed

I'm afraid of it!' 'I have to drive the woman and her son to the hospital. Your friend can do it, can't she?' Kay laughed. Look here, do you want to get me chucked out of the service?' She put her hand to Helen's head, to brush back the dusty hair from her brow. She did it casually enough; but the sight of Helen's anxious expression-the large, darkened eyes, above the plaster-white cheeks-made her hesitate. Just a second,' she said

Comments: (5)
I purchased this book because I was doing research on a related topic, but once I cracked it open I was hooked. This is a (somewhat edited) diary of Joan Wyndham's years as a young woman in wartime London. She describes her boyfriends, her crushes, her hopes, her travels, her art studies, the movies she saw, the plays attended, etc. It's a thrilling ride, told is the authentic, breathless voice of a woman coming of age against the background of the London Blitz. You will be sad that it comes to an end. Be comforted in the knowledge that there are several other Wyndham memoirs out there.
End of an era.
Wyndham's diary of herself as a 17 year old girl entering headfirst a world of decadent artists (with seemingly no qualms whatsoever) and making out with just about every man she meets is astonishingly, vividly written-- full of dialogue and sharp characterization, and hardly any girlish wondering or dreaming.
This is nearly impossible to put down, and often very erotic. But I found it unsettling, too-- there's a cold-bloodedness she and her whole world have towards sex which jars with the emotion she also seems to feel for some of the men so that I didn't get much emotional payoff from the book. It fascinated, but didn't move. For example, none of her relationships are exclusive ones; she knows all her boyfriends have other girlfriends ("mistresses," since they sleep together), and despite all the attention given to sex nobody ever seems very interested in intimacy-- or in love, despite the title.
Still it's a very quick, enjoyable read-- a bit like reading some of the short stories that used to be in Cosmopolitan.
I didn't really like Joan or any of her friends, but I didn't mind being in their company.
Joan Wyndham's colourful and enthralling wartime diary covers the period from August 1939 to May 1941. Not quite seventeen at the outbreak of war, she has been raised a good Catholic but is nevertheless eager to experience the sins of the flesh. She encounters a number of eccentric, bizarre and outrageous men before finally falling for glamorous, impossible Rupert. The story of her cheqeured sex life is interwoven with vivid and fascinatign descriptions of London bohemian life among artists, writers, actors and philosophers. Much of it is very funny, yet tragedy is never far away. For instance, there is a delightful description of dancing at the Cafe de Paris to Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson and his band, then a few chapters later comes the stark tragedy of the bombing of the Cafe, with Ken and all but one of his band killed. Joan's ups and downs with love, friends, family and food are vividly and charmingly described. The book ends with her joining the Wrens, you can read about her adventures as a Wren in the equally entrancing sequel to this book 'Love is Blue'.
These are the diaries of a young girl (only 17 when the war starts) and her journey into adulthood. She becomes (or plays at being) a painter, joins the Bohemian art culture, is seduced by a variety of men and keeps this frank, funny, appalling journal. Read it - you may view your grandmother in a whole new light!
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