Testament Of Experience: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1925-50 Paperback – 16 Aug 1979
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The English author, pacifist, and feminist offers personal insights into her life, discussing her marriage, family, and development as a writer together with the impact of the Second World War.
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Vera Brittain unquestionably qualified. Pacifism in a time of peace may be relatively easy; in time of war it comes at great personal cost. She never wavered, but was at all times hugely concerned for those who suffer as a result of war, the overwhelming majority of whom, on all sides, are blameless with respect to the causes of the war. Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925 (Virago classic non-fiction), covering her experiences before, during and in the aftermath of the First World War, left us in no doubt of the pacifism that she was to carry through the rest of her life, and of the reasoning that led an intelligent and articulate young woman to adopt that stance. Testament of Experience takes that forward through the years of depression, the rise of Nazism, appeasement, the Second World War, and the first years of the Cold War.
Her first ambition was to establish herself as a novelist.Read more ›
I have now finally got round to reading the sequel, Testament of Experience. I regret the delay because it is a fascinating sequel covering the years from 1925 to 1950 (when the writer aged from 32 to 57) because it put in context much of what was written in Testament of Youth. For instance, I had not realised the impact that book had had. It was an instant bestseller that eclipsed everything else that Vera Brittain wrote and it also explains how sketchy the description of her husband was. Her fiance, Roland Leighton, her brother Edward and their friends Victor and Geoffrey, who all died in WW1 all come over far more vividly than her husband George Catlin. This is because George asked for most comment on him to be removed.
I had not realised that Vera Brittain was a novelist. None of the novels is in print and I believe that critics have found little of merit in them to justify reissue. She does describe their plots in Testament of Experience and the impression is that they are autobiographical in nature so it safer to read the non-fiction books anyway.
In my opinion, this is a really interesting read. I enjoyed reading her insights into the peace campaigning in the 1930s, her comments on the futility of bombing campaigns in the Second World War and the descriptions of the deprivation found in post-war Europe.Read more ›
Vera Brittain is a wonderful writer and most impressive person, larger than life.
This is a follow up to Testament to Youth, also read and Testament to Friendship waiting to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I chose the wrong one. Pages very browned. It has obviously been in the sun. Don't fancy reading it and the Charity Shops wont want it except for recycling.Published 17 months ago by chris doodles
Excellent 'used' book - arrived promptly can definitely recommendPublished 21 months ago by Jacqueline Storey
Two stars. Didn't enjoy it as much as Testament of Youth, which is probably why this book, Testament of Experience, is out of print!!Published 22 months ago by qwerty