Testament of Youth - Part 3 and Final Remarks

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Testament of Youth - Part 3 and Final Remarks

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1Cecilturtle
Mar 4, 2012, 6:09 pm

Discussion on part 3 and general impressions

2george1295
Mar 25, 2012, 8:33 pm

Finished it this week and found it an oveall compelling book. I got a little tired in the 3rd part reading about the League of Nations which seemed to accomplish nothing--much like the U.N. today.

3Cecilturtle
Abr 1, 2012, 6:23 pm

I've had to fly through the final pages, as the library wants its book back. I must admit fatigue. I, too, was bogged down by the dissertations on the League of Nations. The politics then seem as naive as they are today. I guess these were the first hiccups of globalization. The last pages that announce the Second World War are heart breaking. However, I like Brittain's unbridled energy and her determined feminism, down to her refusal of changing her name after marriage.

Overall, it is an instructive read. I liked Brittain's precise style. While the book is valuable for its detail, I must admit, as a reader, I found it difficult to wade through certain passages. It is a precious testimony of the times, especially of the post-war which is more known for its Roaring Twenties parties and new generation of writers and less for its (albeit lacklustre) politics - to this, Brittain definitely gives a voice.

4Diane-bpcb
Jul 29, 2013, 12:48 am

>7 (Back in Part 1) Thanks for the radio program. Extremely interesting!

I just finished Chronicle of Youth, which is the posthumous publication of Vera Brittain's diary from the same time period up until just before her brother's death--which however, is listed in the chronology.

"Chronicle...' reveals additional parts of Ms. Brittain's personality that she did not transcribe into Testament of Youth and, in general, is a bit more immediate than "Testament...."

However, if I had just finished "Testament...," I'd wait a while before reading "Chronicle..." Each has its strengths, but it IS the same story.

To get a tiny sense of the diary, however, please read my quote from Chronicle of Youth in Group "What Are Your Reading Now?" in the topic "Share a line or passage from your current book..." entry # 217. Although it includes a poem, I think it is easy to read.