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Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
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Recommended for: anglophiles, WWI, BT fans
Read in January, 1983

The BBC dramatisation of this book and the books themselves really brought home to me what the first world war was really like, and how constrained English women were by their social shibboleths. They are amazing historical documents.

BT fans should contrast Vera's parents with the Ray/Harts to gain new appreciation of how extraordinary Betsy's life really was.

Also, I recommend the novels of Winifred Holtby, Vera's friend.
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message 1: by CLM (new) - rated it 5 stars

CLM Michele Franck and I are also huge fans of this book (and the BBC series).


message 2: by Deb (new) - rated it 5 stars

Deb Yes, Michele and I have spoken about this before. I was reminded about these books because I have just started reading "Lost Battalions" by Richard Slotkin, about the Harlem and NYC Immigrant battalions that fought in WWI... There are some mentions in the book about the Rainbow Division in which my grandfather fought. I did not know until after he died, when we looked at his discharge papers, that he was discharged because of "shell shock." The Brittain books helped me understand what that meant...


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