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The GI Bride
Very hard to put down! Even though I found some parts in the middle a bit boring, I was so anxious to find out what happened that I hurried to the final page. I suggest that a reader approach this book with an open mind and an understanding heart.
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Although this woman may not have made the best choices, she did her best just as so many young mothers do when they find that looking for love in all the wrong places can lead to terribly sad and frightening experiences. Her experiences aren't unusual. They have been played out in countless homes around the world. One reviewer wrote something I also believe--that had she not read the first book--Far from the East End--she might not have had as much compassion for the author. I feel the same in a way, although Simantel did a very nice summary of her life in the beginning of the book so that those who haven't read Far from the East End wouldn't feel as though they'd walked into the middle of a story.
I feel almost as though I know the woman now--possibly because my mom was an English war bride. But my mom's and dad's marriage lasted 48 years until my dad's death. They had their hard times, but they stuck it out--I think I appreciate their love and endurance more than ever now that I've read a story of love that didn't fare so well. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Hard times for sure for many GI brides that married Americans. What the author had not made clear was the time period of her first marriage.
Most of us came over young and were greeted as pariahs. Personally, I had one insult thrown at me after another, and I came from a middle class, close family where half my family were Americans dating back to earlier times. In the main, I found people to be ignorant and, therefore, extremely biased. Naturally, there were many exceptions, and these are the people one most appreciated. The author had an extreme amount of bad relationships, especially with the second marriage.
I do not think, even in those times, many British women would have tolerated the abuse for long.
And, Iris had many friends and contacts at that time, whereas most of us did not. One person found this helpful. I'm surprised reading the reviews, I appear to be the only one who thinks this was written by an indulgent and entitled person? She comes across as being deeply entrenched in such a negative attitude, painting such arduously long descriptions of how everyone was doing her wrong, how un-proper the "Chrisitians" were for not helping her out of situations she seemed to create all on her own, how awful all her in-laws were, yet found it perfectly acceptable and "not the same thing" when it came to her continuing an affair with a married man.
She seemed to enjoy the fact that men fell at her feet and more than once mentions pecuniary gain based on men having nothing better to do with their money. She plays such a great martyr in this book, I found it very difficult to connect with her snobbishness and disdain for almost every situation she described! Her references to other women as "cows" was so off-putting she would do well to check the dictionary for the word hypocrite. The only reason I finished it is because I paid for it!
I read the first book concerning her childhood. This, I think did affect her in many different areas of life. I hope at some time she developed insight over her needy behavior. In her first book She was sent to Wales during her formative years. At age 16 she marries a G. While living in the U. She then returns more than once to her Mother in England who happens to be a terrific Mom in this book.
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Here writing is very good I recommend that you read her first memoir, Far from The East End, before reading this memior. The first memoir helps you understand some of the "stupid" or awful decisions she makes. Without reading the first memoir, I think I would have disliked her. The book shows a lot of lack of boundaries in her life and lack of insight. It was like reading about a train wreck as it happened. The book also covers life in the '50s and corruption in Chicago - things just don't change sometimes! I could not put the book down, but I also was very sad for this War Bride.
It is well written and like any upsetting reading - reads rapidly. Starting with the account of her awful sea voyage over the Atlantic, to her first sighting of the Statue of Liberty, and then finding herself living with parents-in-law who made it plain that they didn't approve of her, Iris Jones Simantel recounts with honesty and often with humour how her dreams didn't quite come true. No more than a child herself, her courage and bravery, and sometimes her utter desperation shines through her writing. It's quite incredible that a young girl, barely out of school and very inexperienced would be allowed, or encouraged to make that journey - so far away from everything familiar, with no support except for a husband who she barely really knew.
The GI Bride is a down-to-earth story, told very well by an author who creates a wonderful sense of place with her writing. She does not shy away from the harsh realities of her life, she doesn't gloss over the things that she had to do to survive, and is totally honest about what she did. There is no doubt that Iris made some decisions that she may have come to regret, but it has to be remembered that she was young, alone, and incredibly protective of her young family.
Jul 26, Jo Barton rated it really liked it. Although only sixteen, she feels that she has met the man of her dreams and is prepared to leave behind her family in England and crosses the Atlantic to a new life in America. But America in the s is very different from the home she has known, and at first Iris struggles to cope with her marriage, and a baby.
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Dec 11, Woody Barlow rated it it was amazing. With money tight, and relatives even tighter, Iris does her best to carve out a life in America, receiving criticism for her Cockney accent and British ways. Dec 30, Kendall Lynn Babcock rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this book. I was very excited to learn about her vacationing in Wisconsin Dells, where I live. But mostly it was interesting to learn how different life used to be and how hard it single someone thousands of miles from their family. I was disappointed by the end and wanted to know more, but it gives me a good way to use my imagination.
Mar 18, Adele rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the follow-up to Far from the East End and it continues with the honest and raw account of Iris' life in America. Iris' humour throughout her often troubled life astounds me and I suppose this is what kept her going. Iris still has more stories to tell about her life and hopefully we won't have long to wait to read about them. Aug 29, Sarah rated it it was amazing. A gem of a book.
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I had my own issues adjusting to life in the US but I can't even begin to comprehend how hard it must have been for Iris. Many thanks to Anne for passing this on to me. May 03, Courtney Laramore rated it really liked it. This was a pretty interesting memior for someone that was a GI bride though spoiler alert she wasn't a GI bride very long.
Apr 09, Liz Norman rated it liked it. After the first quarter of the book, the story was about a woman making her way through bad marriages, not so much about being a GI Bride. Mary Anne rated it it was ok Apr 26, Vanessa Thompson rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Vicky Sedgwick rated it really liked it May 02, Linda Ferguson rated it liked it Feb 22, Denise V Policano rated it it was ok Apr 22, Katharine Nohr rated it really liked it Jan 02, Heather Carr rated it really liked it Apr 27, Scott STrait rated it it was amazing Oct 18, Penny Whiting rated it liked it Aug 26, Konnie rated it really liked it Jul 14, Ginger Robins mercaldo rated it liked it May 18, Katie rated it liked it Aug 06, Patricia Valle-Sanchez rated it really liked it Jan 05, Merry rated it liked it Jun 29, Ryan Moore rated it really liked it May 24, Deb Gable rated it liked it Oct 06, Mimi rated it liked it Apr 13, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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