[ ebook / Pdf ] Clementine ↠ Sonia Purnell
A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World kA group review of my reading from fallwinter on my blog just scroll down a bit There s a point where you re reading a biography that you don t like and can t figure out whether it s the author or the subject that is annoying you The authorept telling me Mrs Churchill was a fabulous witty character but then never gave me an example of her wit Most of the direct uotes are from letters between her and her husband where she s nagging him about something Mrs Churchill comes across as angry and brittle The type of woman who gets annoyed at her husband so spends an extra month on ski holiday in the Alps to spite him She comes across as unpleasant without being really interesting But maybe it s just the author Ms Purnell has written a fascinating look at the wife of probably the 20th at the wife of probably the 20th "S Greatest Citizen Of Great Britain And Maybe It S "greatest citizen of Great Britain and maybe it s prime minister The author had the advantage of thousands of letters and notes passed between them over the course of their lives and it allowed her to paint a very complete picture of both their personal and public relationship To say Winston was a difficult man to live with is an understatement Yet in Clementine Churchill lived an amazing life She was incredibly under appreciated both in her time and now I feel like I now a fair amount about Eleanor Roosevelt who was an incredible advocate Clementine Churchill may well have done for Britain and the free world than Eleanor but has received almost no credit Born into impoverished nobility she was about a decade younger than Winston Churchill This book draws heavily from the copious correspondence between Winston and Clementine They were generally not model parents and the book does not sugar coat their shortcomings in this area Clementine was privy to most of what Winston dealt with including state secrets She advised and challenged Winston and was often the only one who could challenge him She tempered him in many ways and often re wrote speeches and memos For a book where you now how it will end there are no secrets about history it was a gripping read I even pushed it ahead of other books on my to read pilehttpmichaelgolrickblogspotcom20 Beguiled by Deborah Cohen s review in the Wall Street Journal I could hardly wait to get my hands on Clementine She did not exaggerate Although Winston Churchill s pivotal role in modern history is widely recognized little has been written about this intriguing woman and the vital part she played Here one finds a finely drawn portrait complete with failings as well as her numerous strengths The mother of five children Clementine was the first to admit that she came up short in that department For instance there was this astounding development after their first child was born The minute she was allowed out of bed she deserted her husband and newborn baby fleeing to a cottage near Brighton for ten
days with Nellie her sister Winston was her world and he was definitely uirky with a mighty ego reuiring high maintenance with Nellie her sister Winston was her world and he was definitely uirky with a mighty ego reuiring high maintenance challenge for any wife Clementine s loyalty and devotion were significant in fact absolutely essential to his functioning one learns And yet There was never any uestion of them being in the same bed or the same room or even in the same part of the house recalls their niece Clarissa Churchill They were nowhere near each other Beautiful reserved courageous determined Clementine The book provides an opportunity to watch the events of that tumultuous time unfold as well as a window on the marriage between two strong willed fascinating people There were also intriguing asides as in Emotions were heightened by the dangers of war and as one writer put it sex in those early war years hung in the air like a fog What a rich reading experience this was I was loath to return the book to the library as I d flagged so many bits to revisit I purchased this one on audio and while the narrator is adeuate I realised 30% into the audio that we would have to part company uickly as I was finding this one very boring listening and felt it was dragging and and new I wasn t get the best from the book I retuned it to Audible thank you audible and hope to purchase a hard copy of this one in the future as I do believe it deserves a second chance and hopefully my reading experience of it will be favourable next time. Nston married her but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership Beautiful and intelligent but driven by her own insecurities she made his career her mission Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship and Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.
Sonia Purnell ✓ 4 SummaryBarely had time to listen to the audiobook I definitely don t have time for a uality review right now However the book was great I m always fascinated at hearing about great women s foibles Maybe that s the deviant in me but I like seeing the dichotomy of greatness and failure It s nice to see that even the greats weren t the perfects which is encouragi Unlike her American counterpart Eleanor Roosevelt Clementine Churchill #has received relatively little recognition or approbation from history Eleanor is heralded as one of the great # received relatively little recognition or approbation from history Eleanor is heralded as one of the great of the century in her own right indeed she lived such a separate life from her eually famous husband Franklin Roosevelt that her role as a wife is very much the least of the hats she wore In contrast whatever fame or recognition Clementine has earned over the years her name is always coupled with that of Winston never independentlyAnd that is probably the way Clementine would have wanted it as Sonia Purnell portrays in this admirable biography Winston Churchill was Clementine s first second and third priorities one of her daughters once commented only half humorously And he was than enough to take up anyone s attention History has remembered Churchill as such a colossal figure that it is than refreshing to take a peek behind the curtain through these pages to see the insecure needy often infantile and demanding man that he was in private It only serves to humanise him and make him if not always a sympathetic figure than a understandable oneWhilst this is Clementine s biography it would be impossible to tell her story apart from Winston s He was her whole world She was always convinced of Winston s destiny of greatness perhaps even than he was and that he attained the highest peaks of political life that he came back from political exile after the Dardanelles disaster and his wilderness years that he sustained his own and the country s vigour and morale throughout the hard years of war that he bore the weight of the European war on his shoulders before America s entry can in no small measure be ascribed to the emotional comfort support and than occasional scolding he received from his wife Winston and Clementine Churchill epitomise the truth of the old adage behind every great man is a great woman It is highly unlikely that Churchill could have achieved half of what he did without Clementine and considering how history has remembered that is high praise indeed That she managed Churchill in a way that even his political colleagues and subordinates recognised at the same time as playing her own public role visiting hospitals shelters canteens raising funds for appeals playing hostess for major political and military figures and many wartime activities that I only learned about for the first time reading this book one can only be grateful for Britain had not one but two Churchill s during her darkest hour This is a biography of Clementine Churchill who was arguably married to one of the most significant man of the 20th century Winston Churchill They were married for over 55 years it was not an easy marriage Winston was always on the move Clementine had to eep up and adjust to his many different roles throughout the long yearsClementine would have to act as the antennae for Winston as he was not very perceptive on how he was perceived by others She would alert him to his bad behavior such as being overbearing and domineering He would listen to her and change though rarely apologise Clementine was one of the few people in Churchill s circle who was unafraid to confront him There were freuent loud argumentsShe did support him on his general ideas so during the Second World WarThey had five children one daughter Marigold died at just over two and a half years of age They were not
good parents being freuently absent and subjecting their children to a never ending rotation of guardians and teachers whoparents being freuently absent and subjecting their children to a never ending rotation of guardians and teachers who uit because of the irascibility of the children andor the low salary Their son Randolph was an absolute cad And Grew Up To Be grew up to be drunkard There were freuent loud scenes when Randolph was present Only their last born daughter Mary was stable likely because she only had one enduring governess while growing up The author makes some comparisons between the Churchill and Roosevelt families Both offspring A long overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman behind Winston ChurchillBy Winston Churchill’s own admission victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible without her” Until now however the only existing biography of Churchill’s wife Clementine was written by her daughter Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life. ,
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Roosevelts Clementine and Winston were freuently apart each taking independent trips sometimes for several weeks at a timeClementine and Winston were freuently apart each taking independent trips sometimes for several weeks at a time of these trips were without their childrenThis biography certainly emphasizes the personal which I like There is a chapter entitled Operation Seduction USA which shows how Churchills daughter Sarah was involved with Gil Winant the newly appointed US ambassador both were married at the time Their daughter in law Pamela married to their son Randolph was openly carrying on an affair with Averill Harriman the US lend lease representative in London Likely the Churchills felt sorry for Pamela in her tempestuous marriage with their sonThe Churchill s marriage lasted due to Clementine s resilience to Winston and their love for each other They exchanged thousands of letters to each over the years This book covers a tumultuous inner and outer history Wow I really AM impressed This is VERY good It starts out good and amazingly enough gets better and better It is about time somebody turned their focus on Winston Churchill s wife a person behind the scenes who did so much On completionI liked this book because it so well portrays the complicated relationships between the members of the Churchill family Winston and his wife Clementine and their five children I thought about the love between Winston and Clementine One sees both the love and also the hurt they caused each other I thought about the parents respective relationships with the children No two relationships were the same and this gives food for thought Did Clementine learn from her earlier mistakes in child raising Could Clementine ever relate to her children as Winston did How did the children relate to their parents and why did each one behave so differently There is deep suffering within this family but for different reasons and with different outcomes The personal interactions are well explored I didn t see any of them drawn in a superficially favorable light The events of the First and Second World War are drawn from a British point of view in a concise and clear manner only referring to those events directly related to the Churchills The Dardanelles disaster Winston s wilderness years of the 30s and the efforts of him and his wife in drawing America into the Second World War are told from a perspective I have not read before Hearing of Clementine s views and behind the scenes involvement is eye opening I appreciated the explanation of why even after victory at the end of the Second World War Churchill failed to be reelected Generally a victor is honored How Churchill reacted and how Clementine reacted to losing the election in 1945 and what they felt and did is interesting to observe I found it revealing to compare the respective couples the Roosevelts and the Churchills Clementine was so very different from Eleanor yet both helped guided and opposed their respective husband in their own way One views markedly different personalities and different cultures The close look at Clementine s importance to Winston and her role in his career has not been covered with such depth in the other books I have read as it is here The audiobook is well narrated by Charlotte Strevens The pronunciation is British rather than American and it should be so It took me a while to accustom myself to this Once I got the hang of it I had no trouble understanding The speed was goodI really cannot #Say I Have Any Complaints # I have any complaints the book I thought first I should give it five stars because of this very fact Instead I am going by my gut reaction I REALLY like the book so I am giving it four stars For me a five star book has to have something that makes it shine exceptionally an element of superb imagination The book is a very good analysis of the complex relationships found within the Churchill family and a clear review of the individuals lives There are zillions of books on Winston Churchill and his role in the wars but this book fills a gap not covered before Other books on the Churchills The Private Lives of Winston Churchill 3 starsHero of the Empire The Boer War a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill 4 starsA Daughter s Tale The Memoir of Winston and Clementine Churchill s Youngest Child 3 stars Review included in. Story revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR’s initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain’s close relationship with America It also provides a surprising account of her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing approaches to the war effortBorn into impecunious aristocracy the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery Many wondered why Wi.