In the topical “Further Thoughts” pieces, I explore how they wrestled with matters of religion, feminism, education, and social class. She proves herself in her time by her writing style: Very correct and proper, always careful to prepare the reader for what is to come, so there are no surprises and the reading can at times get tedious. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Free returns, plus no due dates or late fees. A passionate record of a lost generation, it made Vera Brittain one of the best-loved writers of her time, and has lost none of its power to shock, move and enthral readers since its first publication in 1933. However, more than eighty years after it was written, there are no doubt younger people who have never heard of it and older people who have it gathering dust on one their shelves – a classic, admired, but not read. It is hard to imagine that, so recently, attitudes towards women and women's education were so vastly different from what they are today. As I am reading the war is just getting under way, so I have yet to sample the book's best known anti war theme, but even now I can see it as a study of another time by a sensitive, active, first rate mind as it causes me to think about the slow rate of human progress. The main characters of this non fiction, history story are , . In this adaptation of her World War I memoir, smart and ambitious Vera Brittain breaks free of her conservative home life to attend Oxford University, but news of war soon brings her studies and a blossoming romance to a halt. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. This book was very popular in the 1930s-1940s but kind of forgotten now. World War One changed Europe forever along with the rest of the world. But I would caution any potential reader that this very English. When I first read Testament of Youth, I was 23–the same age Vera was in 1917–and I accepted the story as she told it. She charts her personal journey and shows how the world around her did the same either by choice or force. I can't understand how I came not to have read this book before. The end of the war was not the end for most, but a continuation of massive changes and dark days. Positively scandalous in her time, although she does speak of some who share her views (even if she implies, or I infered, or both, that those were mostly lesbians.) You must be very interested in Vera Brittain, Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2019. Adults drink and toast in restaurants and on Armistice Day. Does this book contain quality or formatting issues? There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Please try again. CLOSE ON - The face of VERA (24); her expression is watchful, uncertain. As she walked the streets of London on November 11, 1918--Armistice Day--she felt alone in the crowds: First published in 1933, Testament of Youth established Brittain as one of the best-loved authors of her time. --Sunny Delaney--This text refers to … Expect some drinking and historically accurate smoking, but there's no sexual content aside from a few passionate kisses between Vera (Alicia Vikander) and her beau/fiance. --Sunny Delaney I gave it up when her pen-pal fiance, Roland, was killed in WW1. Free download or read online Testament of Youth pdf (ePUB) book. Scenes of devastating grief. Most autobiographies are exercises in vanity and self-justification but this wallows in new depths. When I first read Testament of Youth, I was 23–the same age Vera was in 1917–and I accepted the story as she told it. Really interesting reading about front line nursing in WW1. My second motive in writing these essays is to draw personal insight from the story by using the five young adults as models of aspiration, questioning, and struggle. She does not so much read the book as portray Brittain reading the book. If you want the Cliff Notes version, see the movie. Chapter 9: What follows are extracts from his article and a passage from the Testament of Youth’s. This classic memoir of the First World War is now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. There's a problem loading this menu right now. “Testament of Youth” is a marvellous book and very famous too, so it hardly needs boosting from me. I am sure that much more remains to be discovered. Still, even allowing for that, the book is well worth the buy if you have any interest at all in how life was and how it changed for a young women in the early 1900s England. It's a wonderful read. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 30, 2017. This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives. Wrenching, articulate personal account of the feelings and experiences of a bright young woman during this heinous war, WW1. We send out your disc the next business day. A worthwhile read indeed. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. The majority of the work covers her educational, personal, and early professional experiences, accompanied by much rumination. Four years later her life - and the life of her whole generation - had changed in a way that would have been unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era. Vera Brittain comes across as an arrogant pretentious snob, who regards other people as attendant satellites to be be patronized or treated with contempt as the case may be. But these deficiencies hardly blunt Campbell's fine rendering. Accessed June 2008 Mourning through Memoir: Trauma, Testimony, and Community in Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth. Free delivery to your mailbox and free returns. Ms Brittain's writing reveals her intelligence, intensity, and large vocabulary, and I was glad I read the book on Kindle so I could easily look up words new to me. Her desire for an education and career above her desire for an advantageous marriage were radical even 50 or more years after she is writing. It is very detailed including many letters and poems written by the author and her loved ones. Something went wrong. These promotions will be applied to this item: Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. Brittain suffered through 12-hour days by reminding herself that nothing she endured was worse than what her fiancé, Roland, experienced in the trenches. “The Three Musketeers” examines the personalities of Roland, Edward, and Victor and the dynamics of their “triangular friendship.” “The Nameless Glamour of Their Written Word” is my attempt to tease out a fuller perspective on the four men’s personal and interpersonal experiences of the war years. Little told or expressed points of view about a whole generation of youth wasted for the nebulous "nobility" that is "God and country. " The writing is excellent and of course the book contains much more detail than the movie which is what I'd hope for. Browse from thousands of movies and shows. I took to the story so that at the conclusion I went on-line to purchase my Kindle edition. Her edges are softening and she's beginning to give up some control. I was surprised later in the book when Ms Brittain was overseas and she referred to letters with her Mother that there was such warmth. Join for a free month. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, The Slope of Kongwa Hill: A Boy's Tale of Africa, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. This is the personal story of an English girl who lost a brother, fiancé and best friend. This will be the subject of my essay “Sublime Endurance.”. She becomes a nurse and travels to Malta. Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2016. Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2016.