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If you could sum up Vera Brittain and the First World War in three words, what would they be?
Two words: SO YOUNG! Vera and her brother Edward, and her fiance, Roland, and Victor and Jeffery were children fighting (Edward--a captain was 22 when he was killed and the rest as young) fighting a World War.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Vera Brittain and the First World War?
Poor dear Edward whom Vera loved beyond words--even more than the handsome wise talented Roland--turned this biography of Vera into a tragic mystery novel and the author into a detective. But I don't want to spoil the moment.
Which scene was your favorite?
Vera writing the Testament of Youth with two babies on her hip living the life of a modern single mommy (George is gone half the year).
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Everybody dies-- like a terrible tragic Greek play--Roland, Jeffery, Victor, Edward all at once and then her father and Winifred almost in the same month and finally Vera losing her precious, beautiful mind asking "Who is Roland?".
Vera hated her son. Her daughter Shirley did her best to keep family skeleton (Uncle Edward) in the closet.
Now read Testament of Youth but skip the first 100 pages--it takes Vera that long to get to the War. The ending of the book, you can skip that too. To Vera's complete frustration, George, her husband. forced her to edit himself out of the book but for his name.
Watch the BBC Vera Brittain Teleplay--but the major players are all too old for their parts--Vera is 29. In real life, Vera and her brother and three friends were teenagers, just out of high school (public school over there).
The latest movie pictured on the cover is too slick, too romantic--too much Roland and not enough Edward, whom Vera and her Father grieved for every single day, He commited suicide and she had her ashes spilled on his grave somewhere in the freezing Italian Alps.
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