2007: 68. Our Hearts Were Young and Gay

“We had been planning for the trip for over a year.  Pinching, scraping and going without sodas, we had salvaged from our allowances and the small-time jobs we had each found the preceding vacation the sum of $80.00, which was the cost of a minimum passage on a Canadian Pacific Liner of the cabin class.”

Our Hearts Were Young and Gay - Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough

This slight but charming book tells the two story of two young ladies taking a tour of Europe in the 1920’s.  They met at Bryn Mawr and decided to see the world (well, Montreal, London and Paris), and see it they did, with mildly zany adventures throughout.  The things that happen to them are the same foolishnesses that happen to any traveller, but Skinner (who is the narrator) manages to make you smile at how young and naive they were, and what a lovely time they had, despite the hiccups.  This book isn’t going to change your life, but it’s a cute and entertaining tale.  Also, it seems there is a movie, so maybe I’ll rent that someday!

Recommended for: People seeking a not-too-taxing read, your grandmother


Date/Place Completed:  5/24/07; D.C.

Categories: Non-Fiction; Library Book

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017