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Take Six Girls
Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters | Laura Thompson
The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by John Betjeman; the third was a fascist who married Oswald Mosley; the fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany; the fifth was a member of the American Communist Party; the sixth became Duchess of Devonshire. They were the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as 'bright young things' in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark - and very public - differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade. The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives - recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson - hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after WWII.
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Niso
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6-In addition to the blatant biases, the lack of chronological and thematic coherence, the flowery language, the random quotes, the over-reliance on Nancy Mitford's fiction - presented by the author as the definitive source of the Mitford‘s history, all contribute to making this book nothing more than rambling and un-qualified personal views of a Diana Mitford hardcore fan girl, with no political or social insight.

#nonfiction #biography #history

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Niso
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5-Thompson excuses Diana‘s & Unity‘s politics, yet blames Jessica for USSR crimes even though she left the communist party in 1958, disillusioned following the revelations of Stalin crimes; something neither Diana nor Unity did (Diana insisted to her last days that the Holocaust was manufactured propaganda). When Nancy informs the authorities of Diana's insidious support to the Nazis, it's due to jealousy of Diana‘s happy marriage and fertility.

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Niso
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4-Thompson downplays Diana's role in introducing her sister Unity to fascism, Nazism and Hitler himself, insisting Unity's downfall was due to her unbridled passion and the Mitford sisters‘ rivalry. Further, while Diana stated that she was anti-Semitic, Thompson insists that did not mean anything since Diana had “Jewish friends.” Thus, uncoupling the individual, their political choices and activism from politics and its real-life consequences.

TheEllieMo That photo seems so disturbing! 4mo
Niso @TheEllieMo I know. The whole thing is quite upsetting. They were a Nazi and a Fascists, and I needed to bring that home. 4mo
Fridameetslucy You might look at Susan griffins book A Chorus of Stones:the private life of war. Griffin writes about how 5 historical figures (one of them Goebbel) mediate their Public and private lives. A brilliant book! (edited) 4mo
Niso @Fridameetslucy thank you! It sounds interesting and it‘s the kind of books I tend to enjoy most 😍 4mo
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Niso
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3- A more insidious problem is that despite focusing on the political views and activities of the Mitford sisters, Thomson insists on depoliticising the choices of her hero, Diana, wife and life-time supporter of Oswald Mosley, founder of the UK fascist movement. Thompson downplays the consequences of Diana political choices and views, and blames them on Mosley.

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Niso
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2- Why pan:
In addition to the main characters, the Mitford sisters, the author attempts to cover the lives and views of their parents, their brother, their spouses, and several of their friends. Yet, she opts to jump from one POV to the other and one character to the other without a clear chronological or thematic order, which makes it almost impossible to actually understand and appreciate the characters and their ideologies and choices.

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Niso
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1- This Book is a biography of the intriguing Mitford sisters, British socialites who were active participants in many social and political movements (including socialism, communis, fascism and Nazism) that shaped the UK, Europe and world.
This is a long review in Litsy standards, therefore, I am going to divide it over 6 posts.

#review #nonfiction #history #politics

Scochrane26 They sound interesting to learn about, but we need a better book. 4mo
Niso @Scochrane26 The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell is supposed to be a much better book 4mo
Niso @Scochrane26 Also check The Mitfords: Letters between Six Sisters by Charlotte Mosley 4mo
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Scochrane26 @Niso thanks! 4mo
CarolynM I've enjoyed and agreed with your other posts on this book. I'm glad I've not read this one. The Mary S Lovell isn't bad, Selina Hastings's biography of Nancy is excellent and so is Jessica's autobiography 4mo
CarolynM Anne de Courcy's biography of Diana was a bit too apologetic for my liking, but I really enjoyed the view of her and Mosley in 4mo
Niso @CarolynM Thank you for the great recommendations!
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Erofan
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Pickpick

If there are six girls in the family, parents will not have a quiet life! Six sisters — Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Jessica, Unity and Deborah, lived lifes brightly. Arrogant and at the same time amazingly open the Mitford sisters are a symbol of a crazy time between world wars and the standard of the English aristocracy. #Mitford sisters were a controversial personalitys. I confess, I don't like them, but reading about them was very interesting!

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HardcoverHearts
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Just uploaded my lasted video about this book and the insane story of the Mitford Sisters! https://youtu.be/bSHUnDe82oc

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HardcoverHearts
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I decided to do some library digging for an audiobook about The Mitford Sister. I only have a cursory understanding of their story but it is epic- how 6 sisters not only grew up to be so different, but also spanning the political climate of England/Europe in WW2. I‘ve heard great things about the book of their letters to each other, which I hope to get to soon after this. Are there any famous families that spark your curiosity and interest?

Eggs Dionne quintuplets, the royals 8mo
Weaponxgirl These, the Kennedys, the Romanovs, even the Windsor‘s if I‘m in the right mood. 8mo
LeahBergen They were so fascinating! 8mo
HardcoverHearts @Eggs - I know nothing about the Dionne quintuplets so I am now intrigued. Thank you. 7mo
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EmG
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Just started #TheSix #Talullah seems to like it #FWIW

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jillrhudy
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Pickpick

Learned so much about the Mitfords that I never knew. Laura Thompson has really done her research. While taking an honest appraisal of the awful Nazi/fascism thing and the often vicious family infighting, Thompson handles her subject matter with affection (and astonishment). The men! The politics! The baby, Debo, had no rebellious options left, so she became the Hon-est Hon. So “U” of her, really. #anglophilesoflitsy #mitfords

Mdargusch The Mitford sisters fascinate me. 1y
jillrhudy @Mdargusch my favorite theory is that, except for Nancy, they latched onto men to give them the power they should have been able to claim for themselves after their bungling father took what little power they had. 1y
Mdargusch Very interesting idea. 1y
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jillrhudy
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Having a nice time reading so far. Delves into the Mitford sisters‘ family and interrelationships and what makes them unique. Suited to readers who are already fans of the Mitfords and the whole Mitford legend.

SledgeReader This was a wonderful read! I‘m so glad to see it‘s getting some more attention. Well written and researched! 1y
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Erofan
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The story of the #Mitford sisters is one of the most fascinating stories in the 20th century. Six sisters who knew the greatest characters of the century — Kennedy, Churchill, Hitler, Mick Jagger...A novelist, a fascist, a member of the American Communist Party, a Duchess...Such different sisters!

CarolynM They were certainly an interesting bunch! 1y
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Lovesbooks87
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@Samplergal is having a challenge to read 6 books by the end of the day on June 6. I don't know if I will be able to do it but I am down for the challenge! #sixby6/6

Samplergal Yay! You can do this. 1y
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merelybookish
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Dang! I had a vague sense the Mitford sisters were interesting but I HAD NO IDEA!! This is my first foray into their world and it's fascinating!! WTF Unity?! (Although maybe with a name like Unity Valrykie you're destined to be a Nazi?)
The writer's tone annoying at times. (She is pretty elitist.) But still, am thoroughly enjoying this book.

Verity I‘ve read a few Mitford books and it‘s fascinating and a little scary at times. I wonder if I know too much already to read this iykwim. 2y
Verity Ps we met Debo when we went to Chatsworth when I was little! 2y
merelybookish @Verity Cool! She seems to have emerged as the fairly normal one. 2y
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merelybookish @Verity I don't know enough to say what this particular author's angle is. I think, in part, to avoid what she sees as simplistic interpretations. But also to show how the sisters' fates/ choices were linked. 2y
Mdargusch Sounds so good. I love reading about these sisters! 2y
AlaMich They were one fascinating and wacky family! 2y
emilyhaldi Stacking!!! I've been looking for a good book on the Mitfors Sisters for a while but can never decide on which one to start with!! 2y
batsy Would love to read this. But yeah I'm afraid reading about Unity would make me 😡 2y
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MallenNC
The Mitford Sisters | Laura Thompson
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My first thought for #siblings had to be the Mitfords. This family is fascinating to me. I haven't read the tagged book yet, but I have it ready to go. #readingresolutions @Jess7

Reviewsbylola I love the Mitfords. 😍 2y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 2! The eldest was razor-sharp novelist. The second as loved by John Betjeman. The third was a fascist who married Oswald Mosley. The fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself. The fifth was a member of the American Communist Party. The sixth became Duchess of Devonshire. Their outlooks illustrated the disparities of the '30s and '40s. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

SheilaChew Two for two! You pick good ones! 2y
Verity Oooh. I‘ve read a lot of Mitfordian books but not this one... 2y
Nitpickyabouttrains I love reading about the Mitfords #teamDecca 2y
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Andrea313
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This has been on my TBR list for awhile. Anyone out there completely fascinated by the Mitford sisters? #six #novemberbythenumbers #6

quietjenn Yes, on the Mitford fascination! 2y
Leftcoastzen I have been meaning to read this,stacked! (edited) 2y
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BethFishReads
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Hope I have enough reading material for a long weekend with my mom. (Note: not shown—ebooks and audiobooks)

LiteraryinLititz Can't wait to read Long Way Down! 2y
lauren.lerner So excited for The Rules of Magic! 2y
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drbethandherkindle
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Currently reading about the Mitfords and it's totally fair to say I am OBSESSED 😍😍. Does anyone have recommendations for related reading besides the tagged book?

rubyslippersreads Someone loaned me this one, but I haven't read it yet: 2y
LeahBergen I recently bought 2y
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drbethandherkindle @rubyslippersreads I'll add that one to my list, thanks!! 2y
drbethandherkindle @LeahBergen I haven't read anything actually written by the sisters, so clearly I need to make up for this glaring life error 2y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Me too! It's one of J.K. Rowling's favorite books. 2y
drbethandherkindle @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Well if it has the J.K. Rowling stamp of approval, it's going to the top of the list! 2y
LeahBergen Oh, I also have this one 2y
Reviewsbylola I have loved all of Nancy Mitford's books that I have read, plus this was fascinating. 2y
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Simona
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It's still unread, but after I had read The Sisters by Mary S. Lovell I'm fascinated with this family, and I want to read it this month.
The house with seven children definitely #smellsliketeenspirit and all of the six sisters were at some point in their lives #dramaqueen
Bonus point - my ebook #shelfie

#junetunz #characters2017 #riotgrams

Kalalalatja Three in one go - well done! 👏👏 2y
Dragon Love The Mitford Sisters, added to the stack 😀 2y
batsy @Dragon @Simona So fascinated by them, would love to read more. 2y
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Cinfhen Nice going! Three prompts one book 😍😍😍 2y
emilyhaldi This sounds fascinating!!! 2y
LibrarianRyan Nice triple score!🤓👍🏻 2y
Simona @Dragon @batsy @emilyhaldi After reading The Mitford Sisters I was so blown away with this unusual family, that I was googling the internet for the whole afternoon 😊 and I expect from this book some new aspects, facts about them. 2y
Dragon I also enjoyed 2y
Simona @Dragon Thanks for recommendations, stacked! 2y
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Susannah
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Here are the Mitford sisters: Nancy the writer, Pamela the unknown, Diana the Fascist, Unity the Nazi, Jessica the Communist, and Deborah the duchess. For all this book's faults (and there are many), the pan was cinched when author Laura Thompson emerged as an apologist for Diana Mitford, a Fascist who refused to denounce Hitler. "But she was so beautiful" says Thompson again and again. Just ... no. Ugh.

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Expandingbookshelf
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Bailedbailed

This was my first bail of the year 😞. The Mitford sisters are an interesting subject but this book is wildly disorganized and all over the place. Life is too short

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EvieBee
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First sentence: "Take six girls, all of them rampant individuals, and let them loose upon one of the most politically explosive periods in history. That is the story of the Mitfords." Nice! #currentlyreading #dogsoflitsy #dottie

Reviewsbylola I really wanted to like this but the writing was too disjointed and had no fluidity. I love the Mitfords though! 3y
EvieBee @Reviewsbylola I almost used an Audible credit for this one but decided to investigate it first. 3y
Reviewsbylola I'll be interested to see what you think. Admittedly I didn't give it much of a chance! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I tried and bailed too . . . 😕 3y
EvieBee @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I saw that! Life's too short for books we don't like. 3y
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Lissa00
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Mehso-so

Interesting subject but the book is all over the place and not very well organized. Maybe it is just me, but I need my nonfiction to have more structure. Just an ok read.

Susannah I totally agree! I'm listening to it on audiobook, and I'm developing whiplash from the all the jumping around. 3y
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Lissa00
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I read a biography of the Mitford's years ago and remember being fascinated (and a little repelled) so I picked this up. When I'm having a less than stellar week, I find comfort reading biography.

DivineDiana I have three sisters, so I always enjoy books about sisters! 3y
Dragon Love reading about the Mitfords 3y
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rachel_mbc
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I've never read anything about the Mitfords and I've always wanted to. This sounds great!

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sherri
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Starting this.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled My sympathies - Let me know how you do with it! 3y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Bailedbailed

Even though it's an advance copy and I agreed to review, it's too disorganized to comprehend. Sorry, toots. Had to make tracks.

BookBabe Bummer, but great review! 😂👍🏻 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @BookBabe Thanks - I feel terrible about it, but not terrible enough to keep reading it 😐 3y
Autumn How disappointing 3y
tpixie Great cover photo though ! 3y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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HELP ME, LITSY PEOPLE! I got this ARC because it sounded interesting. I know very little about the Mitfords (hardly anything at all). My apologies, but this book is so far a disorganized mess. Ive read 13%. I may need to give it more time, but it's a slog. DO I BAIL? Is that allowed?! Have any of you ever bailed on an ARC?

BookBabe I hate bailing on books, especially ARCs. But it also sucks to stick with a book that sucks. That's a tough one. 😕 3y
Bookzombie That's too bad. The synopsis sounds so interesting. I have no ARC experience to share though. 😕 3y
BookishFeminist It's allowed. I hate bailing on ARCs too but if you're trying to get through it and it's because there are issues with the book, that's legitimate. You can still write a review for the publisher based on that IMO! I'd bail. 3y
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[DELETED] 2232195534 Yes, you absolutely can 'bail' on an ARC! Not every book is going to work for everyone. You can just say it wasn't for you or you can go into more detail. Publishers want to know. 😀 3y
Victoria_C @BookishFeminist agree with this assessment. 3y
tricours What is an ARC? Your post reminded me I have read a book about the sisters, like 15 years ago! 3y
Reviewsbylola Noooooooooooo. I just got approved for this the other day. I love the Mitfords so I was really looking forward to it. 😭😭 But to answer your question, I would absolutely bail. I don't typically write a review of I bail but if it is Netgalley I will still provide feedback. 3y
Chessa Yep, if you're miserable, definitely bail. I've only done it once on an ARC but I totally didn't look back. 3y
Chessa And I still did leave feedback at NetGalley and on GoodReads, too. It was an honest review but not brutal, you know? Basically it wasn't for me, this is why. 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @kaysreadinglife @BookishFeminist @Victoria_C @Reviewsbylola @Chessa Thanks, guys. I kinda wanted permission! Im going to give it a little more, but if it doesnt start grooving Im going to bail. Hugs to everyone. Such a relief! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @bookbabe @Bookzombie Im giving it a little more, but that's it!! 😬 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Reviewsbylola Im thinking maybe it's just me?? Maybe I was too rushed? Im going to try to slow down and really concentrate on convincing myself this is good. 😐 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @tricours It's an Advance Reader Copy from a publisher, so I need to review it prior to publication. If I can get through it. 😬 I wish I had prior Mitford knowledge! 3y
Autumn Too bad because it sounds fascinating! 3y
LauraBrook I've heard some so-so stuff about this books (though I still want to read it). Maybe do a skim-read and Google some Mitford info? I know it's cheating, but then you're not stuck trying to force yourself to read a book you're not digging, and you could still fulfill your ARC duties! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @LauraBrook Genius idea. I will do this! 3y
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