Stranger in the House: Women's Stories of Men Returning from the Second World War

Stranger in the House Women s Stories of Men Returning from the Second World War A moving and revealing insight into the real experiences of women welcoming home their menfolk from the Second World War often after years of separation during which their men and the women themselv

  • Title: Stranger in the House: Women's Stories of Men Returning from the Second World War
  • Author: Julie Summers
  • ISBN: 9780743295529
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A moving and revealing insight into the real experiences of women welcoming home their menfolk from the Second World War often after years of separation, during which their men, and the women themselves, had changed irrevocably.

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    1. Julie Summers has written a number of non-fiction titles about aspects of the Second World War, including Jambusters which was made into a fictional Sunday evening drama serial here in the UK with the title Home Fires. This is a book which recounts the often untold stories of women’s lives during World War Two.Julie Summers recounts these incredible stories using the words of many of the people involved. Extracts of letters and quotes from these women in old age, bring us their heart-breaking [...]

    2. This non-fiction book takes a look at the women, be they wives, mothers, sisters or daughters who welcomed back their menfolk from the Second World War. How did these women adapt to the men who returned from battlefields or prisons? How did they begin to cope with all too apparent trauma that returned with them?Stranger in the House is a collection of reminiscences about life in the immediate aftermath of the war and of the long term consequences of readjustment. There are interviews with wives, [...]

    3. Not a book that I normally would have read but it was a selection for one of my library groups.Overall I felt it addressed an important subject and one not often discussed, especially in the UK where especially in the post-war period people just got on with life. It is obvious that what we now terms as PTSD was experienced by many soldiers and especially those who were held captive in the Far East.This wasn't the most riveting of non-fiction works and after a time the stories seemed to blend int [...]

    4. Often we hear the voices of soldiers, of men on the front lines, when we hear about war. In this book, we heard the voice of those left behind: their wives and children. "When their war ended, ours began."After the war, when the men who had survived returned and met their wives and children again (for those who had them). They had become strangers to each other, and some of the children were meeting their fathers for the first time. For some, this meant they would never be close to their fathers [...]

    5. This was not an easy book to read - not because of the writing (which was excellent), but because of the content. Presented from all sides (wives, parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, and widows), Summers paints an accurate picture of what life was like for those who were waiting for their soldiers return. For some, it truly was a happy occasion, and with a few hiccups, they figured out how to make life as normal as possible. But for many - especially the FEPOWs - life would never be [...]

    6. Sono entrata nel trip "II Guerra Mondiale" alimentato ulteriormente dalle mie splendide vacanze sulla costa inglese del Canale della Manica dove ho avuto occasione di visitare il magnifico castello di Dover, nei cui tunnel sotterranei è stata interamente pianificata l'evacuazione delle truppe da Dunkerque. Il libro è stato comprato proprio in questa occasione e tratta il tema della smobilitazione delle truppe visto dalla parte di coloro che "aspettano" a casa: le donne. Madri, mogli e figlie c [...]

    7. Although there were a few places where the topics became a little unfocused, I thought this was a fascinating and moving look at the impact of the long separations in relationships endured by families as a result of WWII. There was quite a lot about the Far Eastern Prisoners of War and rightly so due to the particular impact of that experience. Having visited the excellent FEPOW exhibition and memorial at the National Arboretum, I enjoyed reading the story of how it came into being. However, the [...]

    8. Happened to come across this book at Chapters and the cover caught my eye. While I'm interested in the history of World War II, for me the most interesting and enjoyable books on the subject are those concerned with a social history of the war. How did people live their lives during that time of upheaval and uncertainty? How were lives affected by being separated, afraid and out of touch? This book dealt with exactly those aspects of the war, sharing accounts from wives, children, parents and gr [...]

    9. donated to The Smith Family. 20.2.15Definitely a subject that needs to have more research & then assistance for those with PTSD after combat & for their families. Interesting that Summers has tied in the knock on generational effect which should be studied more - all countries should learn from that. I felt it could have done with serious editing and layout, as it was often confusing what family she was talking about without some form of sub-headings. While her biblio and indexing was go [...]

    10. A million servicemen returned home to Great Britain in 1945. Some had been away 6 years or more, and many were wounded and emotionally damaged. In their absence, the women had also changed; they had learned to manage money and provide for their families The book sensitively describes the difficult transitions these families faced.

    11. An interesting idea for a book in an area that is not covered as well as it might be. I read passages of this to my wife and we both found ourselves at times moved at what the returned and the families went through. My only criticism is that I felt that as it was a subject that required more analysis the book itself was too short.

    12. I'd give this ten stars if I could. Moving, heartrending, insightful true stories of the aftermath of war across three generations following World War II. The author wrote Jambusters, the book that inspired the tv series Home Fires.

    13. A collection of memories relating to the Second World War. Well put together and very moving. Probably a "girls" book as quite focussed on the woman's point of view. I enjoyed it and found it very educational and moving.

    14. I never had an appreciation of what the women and children when through during and after the war. Some very sad stories, but what shone through was how resilient the women were and had to be - survivors. A very good book to read

    15. This book is about men returning home after the Second World War, it's about how they and their families coped - or didn't cope. Very interesting.

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