with links. Make all HP fans read Nancy and Jessica Mitford's books. SO illuminating. I realized once I had read a little bit about Jessica's life that it was crucial to understanding the politics of Harry Potter. (Which... people drivel on about hermione and the house elves being dumb but it is CENTRAL... and the whole point... as well as the naughty weasely boys' political resistance. they might as well be 14 year old palestinian boys throwing rocks at tanks . the books have been setting up a very serious situation for a while now and I can see it coming!) Anyway I just finished The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. am blown away by them. Exactly what I love. Dance to the Music of Time pales next to this. or, well, i guess it's a different animal. I must read everything, everything, everything by the Mitfords and everyone near them!
I need to make a detailed cheat sheet of who everyone is based on. I did understand (as Iris pointed out in email ) that the part in the camps on the Spanish border was actually Jessica. (Before she told me.) And that the author Nancy is really more like Linda in RL than like Fanny the observer/narrator, who was based on someone else.