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Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
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May 28, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 20, 2012 to January 01, 2015 — I own a copy

I've only just started reading this, and I know it's total sacrilege to say this of a war book, but I'm finding Testament of Youth really fun and funny. The tone reminds me of teen movie voiceovers, all breathless and keen and innocent of how funny we sound when we take ourselves too seriously. Vera comes across as as judgmental and exaggerative as any Mean Girl, despite her self-professed humbleness and intelligence. In the first few chapters, she's often playing the victim, and the war hasn't even started yet!

It took me ages to finish this book though because there's a lot of frankly dull going-to-political-meetings at the end.

I was so excited about the film, but best forget it even exists.

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Vera Brittain
“I know of no place where the wind can be as icy and the damp so penetrating as in Oxford round about Easter time.”
Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth

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