Read-along In June: Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

Having finished the read-along for Middlemarch in May, I am now embarking on the read-along for Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain sponsored by Jillian of In Her Books. (Click on the link to find her invitation.)

Here is a brief description of this novel:

In 1914 Vera Brittain was eighteen and, as war was declared, she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life – and the life of her whole generation – had changed in a way that was unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era. TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, one of the most famous autobiographies of the First World War, is Brittain’s account of how she survived the period; how she lost the man she loved; how she nursed the wounded and how she emerged into an altered world. A passionate record of a lost generation, it made Vera Brittain one of the best-loved writers of her time.

You can buy it with free shipping from Bookwitty here.

Please feel free to join this endeavor, on Twitter as #cctestament.

4 thoughts on “Read-along In June: Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

  1. Brilliant book, luminous with deliberate and learned writing. The story is heartbreaking but ms. Britten never leaves us there. She adds a garland of poetry not to decorate but to penetrate ones thoughts. A real treat. mjh

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  2. I”ve dipped into to it for morsels for my teaching of WWI literature, but never finished the whole thing. Yet another to return to. The recent film version was goodish – on Netflix. Bit too romantic, and played down the Oxford scenes too much. And of course had to miss out so much of the interesting detail. I believe one of the actors in Game of Thrones played the love of her life; have never watched it, so didn’t find it too disconcerting. Am in the middle of a very long novel, so won’t be able to join in, I’m afraid, but good luck with the venture. I’ll keep an eye on proceedings with interest

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    • So many war novels have centered on WWII, that I am eagerly anticipating one which focuses on WWI. I have heard wonderful things about it, and I’m most looking forward to reading about her character which seems to be one of great courage. I so admire that, and find it often missing in today’s novels. (I don’t think I would watch the film, either.)

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