- — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet)Sat, Mar 07 2015 23:33:192. Evelyn Waugh story is well known but bears revisiting. During WWII and after, food strictly rationed in Britain. Fruit a cherished rarity
- — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet)Sat, Mar 07 2015 23:34:433. June, 1946. A shipment of bananas arrives. Government makes it priority to give bananas to children, many of whom have never eaten one
- — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet)Sat, Mar 07 2015 23:39:456. Auberon Waugh's account: ."before the anguished eyes of his children, [Evelyn Waugh] poured on cream, which was almost unprocurable..."
- — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet)Sat, Mar 07 2015 23:42:519. Surprisingly or perhaps not surprisingly, Evelyn Waugh wasn't the only English writer who enjoyed hoarding fruit from malnourished kids.
- — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet)Sat, Mar 07 2015 23:47:3510. During WWII, novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett buckled against common habits other adults had of giving rationed oranges to neighborhood kids
- — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet)Sat, Mar 07 2015 23:53:2513. Unexpectedly, wartime rationing actually improved diet of working class: giving them access to fruit that wasn't part of diet before
- — davidrieff (@davidrieff)Sun, Mar 08 2015 00:05:03@HeerJeet The dinner scene w/Boy Whatshisname in Paris when Waugh "establishes" Ryder's superiority because he knows the right brandy glass.
- — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet)Sun, Mar 08 2015 00:13:5120. As a closer, I'll say Waugh & Compton-Burnett are examples I know of. Query: were their others who didn't want to share fruit with kids?
- — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet)Mon, Mar 09 2015 20:05:05Yet another English novelist who enjoys grabbing fruit from a child: http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/26352/the-monster-we-hate-to-love/ … (via @Claud_Alexander
- — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet)Mon, Mar 09 2015 20:11:51The time Kingsley Amis shouted at an 8 year old boy for eating a peach Amis wanted: https://books.google.ca/books?id=7-sAd0_EA-0C&pg=PA712&lpg=PA712&dq=jaime+amis+peach&source=bl&ots=gwgEwteUjg&sig=ohQ-cvB7R8DxBJP9nizSD7SO9Ks&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2v39VICkHYapNtKygOAP&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=jaime%20amis%20peach&f=false …
- — davidrieff (@davidrieff)Sat, Mar 07 2015 23:43:56@HeerJeet Something one of his characters in A HANDFUL OF DUST or DECLINE & FALL would have done: his life most tediously imitating his art.
English Novelists Who Wouldn't Share Food With Children: E. Waugh & I. Compton Burnett
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