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