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10 thoughts on “East End Tales (Quick Reads)

  1. says:

    EAST END TALES gives the reader through the veil of Gilda O Neill s own personal experiences and the experiences of East Enders she interviewed, what life was really like in that area of London from the early 1900s, the interwar era the years between 1919 and 1939 , the war years, and during the 1950s when O Neill lived there as a child Much of what I read in this book reminded me of the stories I had read several years ago of the British poor and working class in their own words of the Edwardian Era 1901 1910 In that era, though a basic education was free, people lived hand to mouth in shabby housing with outdoor toilets and washtubs for weekly bathing and for tending to laundry They also worked long hours in labor intensive jobs and could ill afford medical care The highest aspiration any woman could have in that time would be to secure secretarial work or a job as a schoolteacher, nurse, or journalist The commonality between the life that I had read about in Britain during the Edwardian Era and the life of the East End of London circa 1900 to the 1950s as described in EAST END TALES was that East Enders tended, in general, to stick together and shared what little they had with each other Any reader of this review who has watched the TV series Call the Midwife would understand that.

  2. says:

    A lively first person narrative which really brings the old East End to life with all its energy, humour, hard work and privation Gilda O Neill looks back on growing up in the East End and, as well as remembering clearly, provides a commentary from her mature self on the economics, the values and the motivations which probably escaped her at the time She also shares her knowledge and research into the changes which have take place recently and the impact on the people of the East End She recounts many stories she has gleaned from other East Enders, providing a rich and multi faceted story which is probably unique.

  3. says:

    A nice short read, which I started and finished in one sitting actually, I was in the bath The author writes about her own, and other people s fond memories of the east end of London The stories give you a real insight into, and a feel for those days when life was much simpler And it s very British that the people who she spoke to, all complained about being moved out of the east end slums, and into brand new housing in Dagenham, complete with all mod cons.

  4. says:

    Lovely little insight into the East End and how it s changed My only criticism would be it s not long enough.

  5. says:

    This is one of those short memoirs where the author randomly records her or his thoughts and memories about a childhood neighborhood Gilda O Neill grew up in the East End of London Contrary to editorial reviews on its page, the book is neither shocking nor does it concentrate on the filth of the East End Much is written about the poverty, however, both during the 1950s when the author was growing up, as well as the 1930s Ms O Neill wanted to point out that even though life was tough at times during her childhood, it was much worse for those who grew up twenty years earlier Small, cold houses, no indoor plumbing or washing machines, no new clothes or shoes to be had, not as much food as wanted or needed the author deals with it all and lived through it all.Yet don t get the impression this is a sorrowful story of how everyone wished they lived elsewhere It s no such thing It even turns out that when families, such as the author s, moved out of the East End, many individuals were not happy in their new homes Yes, they loved their vastly improved living conditions, but they horribly missed the old neighborhood They missed family members, friends, merchants, neighborhood get togethers, and belonging to a cohesive group of similar people who watched out for each other Contentment can still exist in poor neighborhoods.This is an interesting memoir that even brings up Jack The Ripper, since he killed in their neighborhood back in the 1800s The author s grandmother had an unusual theory about the identity of the serial killer At 50 pages, it s too short, though, as was the author s life Gilda O Neill died in 2010 She also wrote other nonfiction books about the East End, including the much longer memoir My East End Memories of Life in Cockney London Thus, I m not quite sure what the purpose of East End Tales is, since my guess is everything in it is included in that longer memoir Note I received a free e copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher.

  6. says:

    This caught my eye when it said Bethnal Green, being a Bethnal Green girl myself and practically being brought up on Pie and Mash One of the questions I had always asked myself was why a knife was never used Gilda O Neill also voiced this But I digress a lovely little book full of anecdotes of life in the East End back in the fifties, this got me and my dad chatting about his time in the East End and he said he was happiest when they had nothing but love, family and community.It is a shame it was only 50 pages long but I did enjoy it.

  7. says:

    Princess Fuzzypants here Momma loves London England so she eats up books on London of yesteryear and we both really loved this one It is written with such love and sentiment that it would be impossible not to be moved It does not sugarcoat or imply that life was easy a back When It could be brutal,, cruel and hard Multiple families crammed into space we today would find inadequate for one person No running water, hot or cold No indoor plumbing It was awful and yet.The idea of families moving away or leaving the neighbourhood was unthinkable The close knit communities relied on each other Since the family member who moved out was likely only steps away, it was assumed that they would have each other s backs When many were forced to move away after the devastation of the Blitz, they lived in better housing but they lost much in the move From the quotes in the book, it is clear many were nostalgic for an East End that no longer existed.It is likely that no one but a Cockney could have told this story so movingly I give it five purrs and two paws up.

  8. says:

    This memoir style book tells many different tales of living in the East End and how life was years ago Most of the stories included are short and simple, and although some of them are darker in nature than others, the book does not come across as depressing, but rather lighthearted Many of the participants ended up longing for their former life in the East End after they moved away One thing this book will likely do for you, is make you glad for the life you have Food in the tummy, heating and cooling and indoor plumbing are all things we might take for granted, but these stories remind us why we shouldn t Overall, this was a pleasant book Short and to the point, easily read during a lunch break or whilst traveling Recommended for those who enjoy learning about historical situations and the people who lived through them This review is based on a complementary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley.

  9. says:

    I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Endeavour Press via Netgalley in return for an honest, unbiased review.I found East End Tales by Gilda O Neill to be a very well written, interesting memoir of growing up in the East End of London in the 1950s and 60s The book, albeit quite short, is a fascinating insight into the way people lived in that part of the British capital city around that time.Not only does it remember events from the author s youth, it also takes into account fascinating stories passed on to her by third parties who also experienced a similar upbringing, both at that same time and in previous years.For anyone interested in UK social history in particular and in the East End of London in general, this book is a must read and it even comes up with a passed on, plausible theory as to the identity of Jack the Ripper.Well worth a read.

  10. says:

    The author has combined her own memories with those of other people who lived in the same area of London in the 1950s I loved that the memories told in the book are about lives of ordinary people, and it really made me think about how much things have changed, and what we take for granted these days The book was really interesting and fun to read, also because the book is less than 100 pages long, I read it in one sitting Reading this book reminded me of listening to my grandparents telling me stories of their youth It has that nostalgic feel to it The only thing that did grate on me a bit is the way the author would write her own memories and then say something like here is what a man said about that followed by a quote It just seemed a bit odd and I think she could have integrated the other people s stories a bit better.

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