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Her disbelief in the destruction of a cathedral in Belgium – “the whole world mourns at the loss of such historical beauty and art” earlysays it all. The democracy of war! For the feature film, see Testament of Youth film.

Only then did she decide to write her own personal story, putting her experiences in the wider historic and social context. This is it–the book I’d been searching for that would express World War I as it was felt by romantic young people meeting death on the verge of life.

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Chronicle of Youth

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I’m not sure brittin 3. Testament of Youth has been acclaimed as a classic for its description of the impact of World War I on the lives of women and the middle-class civilian population of Great Britain. Between these two books comes Testament of Friendship published inwhich is essentially a memoir of Brittain’s close colleague and friend Winifred Holtby.

This gives you pf better idea of what it was like living day-to-day during the first two or so years of the war. Retrieved from ” https: Fantastic chronicoe to Brittain’s memoir. As for the writing itself, I appreciate her summaries very much. A final segment of memoir, to be called Testament of Faith or Testament of Timewas planned by Brittain but remained unfinished at her death. Views Read Edit View history.


Published October 1st by Phoenix first published September 1st Testament of Youth is the first instalment, covering —, in the memoir of Vera Brittain — It also describes how she returned, disillusioned, to Somerville College after the war and completed her BA degree.

Open Preview See a Problem? This is before her world is rocked by the death of her fiance subsequently followed by two close friends and finally yourh only brother. Rebecca Leclair rated it it was amazing Dec 21, It was published in Both were commissioned as officers early in World War I, and both were subsequently killed, as were several other members of their social circle.

Chronicle of Youth: The War Diary, by Vera Brittain

Vera herself abandoned Oxford Vera Brittain’s bestselling Bruttain of Youth was based on her actual diaries-which have far greater intimacy and immediacy than the book extracted from them. Beyond that, its almost like an interactive role-playing game where the reader has almost virtually the same romantic chhronicle as the author because much of the interaction between the author and her love is via their letters. The narrative begins with Vera’s plans to enter Somerville College, Oxford and her romance with Roland Leighton, a friend of her brother Edward.


The book shows how the impact extended into the postwar years. Mary Collings rated it yotuh was amazing Mar 04, Andrew rated it really liked it Sep 15, Mackay rated it really liked it Dec 06, This too proved unworkable. It ends rather abruptly inbut in all honesty you’re ready for it to end.

However, it was interesting to read the day-to-day reality of an Edwardian, middle-class, young woman struggling to cyronicle a feminist identity.

Chronicle of Youth: The War Diary, 1913-1917

Between andBrittain had attempted to edit her war diaries for publication in response to a publisher’s competition; however, when they were not selected, she focused for a time on fiction and journalism before ultimately adapting them into her memoir in The ending was a bit dissapointing.

And letters from the Worl This is it–the book I’d been searching for that would express World War I as it was felt by romantic young people meeting death on the verge of life. The diary is a wonderful peak into history.

It is also considered a classic in feminist literature for its depiction of a woman’s pioneer struggle to forge an independent career in a society only grudgingly tolerant of educated women.

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