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Chronicle Of Youth: Vera Brittain's Great War Diary, 1913-1917: War Diary, 1913-17 Paperback – 17 Aug 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (17 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842120948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842120941
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The war diaries, written in London, Malta and France during WWI.

About the Author

Born in 1893, Vera Brittain was educated at Somerville College, Oxford, and became renowned as a pacifist, feminist, author, journalist and lecturer, after her first hand experiences of the first world war. She died in 1970.


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This book takes us through the first world war from a woman's viewpoint, but I feel a man could find it relevant and absorbing too. When I first read it I had never heard of Vera Brittain and did'nt even know that she was the mother of the politician, Shirley Williams.
The diary begins in 1913 when Vera is 19 and enjoying a comfortable and protected lifestyle in Buxton, Derbyshire. Highly intelligent and an emerging feminist, she works hard to win a place at Oxford. The war intrudes abruptly two months before she is due to go up to university.
Over the next three years we follow her compelling story of romance, friendships, being an undergraduate and then nursing the wounded in England and Malta. The romance between Vera and Roland is poignant and moving and one which will not be forgotten easily.
Because it is written in diary form the writer is able to be frank and honest. The daily events come across vivid and alive as they happen. In short you feel as if you are experiencing the events with her more than you would in a conventional autobigraphy.
Although Vera Brittain was from an upper-middle-class background and not representative of the vast majority of women then, nevertheless we can still identify with her joys and sorrows as she emerges into the adult world. Nothing is spared: the horror of life in the trenches told through Roland's letters, the drudgery and unpleasant facts of nursing, while through all this Vera struggles to believe in a life hereafter. But the book is not all doom and gloom and the many varying characters we meet lend it colour and light relief.
Vera is forthright and headstrong but loyal, hardworking and capable of loving deeply.
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This is the type of life altering book that you may have heard other people talking about. Having read Testament of Youth and other works about Vera Brittain this is still the most moving volume. To hear the pain Vera felt coming from her own mouth is heart-breaking, you are presented with as real an image of Vera Brittain as you are ever going to get. The reader can see her develop from a young girl more interested in the provincial dances and young men into a young woman altered forever by the Great War. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and I doubt you will ever forget it. Fabulous.
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Recommended-as novel, history and social comment.
Also shows young people adapting and struggling to cope with horrendous events.
Gives good insight on the effects of World War 1.
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A very haunting and lovely book. The story of a love nurtured and lost. Superb.
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