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Vera is a brilliant narrator, though you do realize early on that her brilliance must’ve been exhausting.

Chronicle of Youth: The War Diary, by Vera Brittain

She then tried to publish her original diary from the war years but with all names fictionalised. Between these two books comes Testament of Friendship published inwhich is essentially a memoir of Brittain’s close colleague and friend Winifred Holtby.

Testament of Youth is the first instalment, covering —, in the memoir of Vera Brittain — Brittain’s memoir continues with Testament of Experiencepublished inand encompassing the years — After the death of her fiance, she becomes very critical and rightfully so depressing; as if for the first time she realizes exactly what this war was about and “all that France is”. Feb 21, Diane Dreher rated it it was amazing. Well that sounds like a bit of purple prose but this book is a bit like purple prose for real.

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Very moving account of Vera Brittain’s life during WW I, her hopes, britain dreams, her love and tragic loss.

Quotes from Chronicle of Yout However, it was interesting to read the day-to-day reality of an Edwardian, middle-class, young woman struggling to find a feminist identity. This was a very long book that kind of dragged on.

Therese rated it it was amazing Jul 13, Into commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the Armisticea fifteen-part radio dramatisation of the letters on which Testament of Youth was partly based was broadcast on BBC Radio Four.

Her disbelief in the destruction of a cathedral in Belgium – “the whole world mourns at the loss of such historical beauty and art” earlysays it all. Return to Book Page. Terry Wylie rated it it was amazing Apr 10, Moira Elise rated it it was amazing Apr 30, The vdra begins with Vera’s plans to enter Somerville College, Oxford and her romance with Roland Leighton, a friend of her brother Edward.

Chronicle of Youth by Vera Brittain

Rebecca Leclair rated it it was amazing Dec 21, Preview — Chronicle of Youth by Vera Brittain. Fantastic supplement to Brittain’s memoir. Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata.

Simrun Samra rated it it was amazing Sep 24, Paperbackpages. Refresh and try again. She’s a bit of a romantic idealist; discussing feminism and ideas of immortality.

Kirsty if it really liked it May 07, Sep 06, Rochelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: As for the writing itself, I appreciate her summaries very much. I’m looking forward to reading the full text of the letters soon. I’m not sure th 3. Vera herself abandoned Oxford to train as a nurse, and spent the rest of the War tending the wounded-including German POWs.


This is before her world youfh rocked by the death of her fiance subsequently followed by two It is fascinating.

Views Read Edit View history. Charlotte Dollin rated it it was amazing Jan 21, I have always wanted to know more about education at Oxford and feel I got a good deal of information from this book, aside from the WWI story of a young woman who examined her feelings and the feelings of others very closely during the cataclysm.

Being a diary made it very immediate and real because she didn’t know the tragedies chrohicle come.

Chronicle of Youth: The War Diary, 1913-1917

Retrieved 16 March Inthe war letters which Brittain also drew on in her autobiography were published in an brigtain by Alan Bishop and Mark Bostridge. I would not reccomend it but i also dont regret reading it.

Written in London, Malta, and France, they capture all the war’s horrors and Brittain’s emergence as a committed brittqin. For the feature film, see Testament of Youth film. Johanne rated it it was amazing Aug 10, She stoppped writting regulalrly by the end. Rachel Thomas rated it it was amazing Jun 30,