Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. It is acclaimed as a canonical description of the impact of world. A passionate record of a lost generation, it made vera brittain one of the bestloved writers of her time, and has lost none of its power to shock, move and. Testament of youth by juliette towhidi based on the autobiography of vera brittain white shooting script 03. In 2010, i read her memoir again and i may reread it a third time as i also experience these events through the fictional characters of downton abbey. May 31, 2005 testament of youth is both a record of what she lived through and an elegy for a vanished generation. I imagined that life was individual, ones own affair. With alicia vikander, kit harington, taron egerton, dominic west. Testament of youth, vera brittains memoir of life, love, and loss during wwi first came to my attention because of masterpiece theater which serialized it at least 20 years ago. In equal measures courageous, tragic and deeply fascinating, testament of youth is one of the most compelling and important works of war literature ever to have been written by a british woman. Free download or read online testament of youth pdf epub book. Certainly the stage seemed perfectly set for his leave. At the beginning of the book i grew weary of all the anger expressed by ms brittain. Between these two books comes testament of friendship published in.
Between these two books comes testament of friendship published in 1940, which is essentially a memoir of brittains close colleague and. Testament of youth excerpts vancouver island university. This time is necessary for searching and sorting links. Hailed by the times literary suplement as a book that helped both form and define the mood of its time, it speaks to any generation that has been irrevocably changed by war. Much of what we know and feel about the first world war we owe. Brittain, vera, williams, shirley, bostridge, mark. Vera brittain, quote from testament of youth when i was a girl. I havent read it yet, but im certain it covers her experience in marriage and motherhood, as well as international affairs, including world war ii. However, more than eighty years after it was written, there are no doubt younger people who have never heard of it and older people who have it gathering dust on one their shelves. With the outbreak of the second world war, brittains. The third book testament of experience covers 19251950.
Though often remembered as one of a very few world. Its based on the beloved ww1 memoir by vera brittain, which was a bestseller on publication, heralded as the voice of a generation and has become the classic testimony of that war, from a womans point of view. Testament of youth is a powerful coming of age story which tackles love, war, loss and remembrance. The book was an instant success, with all 3,000 printed copies selling out on publication day. Buy testament of youth penguin classics reissue by brittain, vera isbn. The main characters of this non fiction, history story are.
It is as one of those left at the end of the war that vera brittain wrote her. Pdf testament of youth book by vera brittain free download. Press button get download links and wait 20 seconds. Its by vera brittain, one of the few memoirs of world war i from a womans point of view. Testament of youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the first world war memoir by vera brittain, which has become the classic testimony of. The second in the trilogy testament of friendship covers 19251935. Testament of youth autobio study 190025 by vera brittain and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. However, more than eighty years after it was written, there are no doubt younger people who have never heard of it and older people who have it gathering dust on one their shelves a classic, admired, but not read. Brittains memoir continues with testament of experience, published in 1957, and encompassing the years 19251950. Testament of youth is a marvellous book and very famous too, so it hardly needs boosting from me. Download read testament of youth 1933 by vera brittain in. Testament of youth is both a record of what she lived through and an elegy for a vanished generation. The testament of youth community note includes chapterbychapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you.
Testament of youth has been acclaimed as a classic for its description of the impact of world war i on the lives of women and the middleclass civilian population of great britain. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 688 pages and is available in paperback format. It is no accident that vera brittain began writing testament of youth, her peerless memoir of a womans losses in world. A british woman recalls coming of age during world war i a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times. I remember when i read the book, i mean, i knew the facts of the war. This astonishingly moving account of a young girls part in world war i is such an unusual contribution to war literature. Testament of youth is vera brittains memoir of her years just prior to, during, and shortly after world war i. Testament of youth ebook by vera brittain 9780297859147. It is tragic her generation lost so much of their youth, but her anger at her. Over the next six years, testament of youth sold 120,000 copies. Letter from vera to roland, 1915, p127testament of youth is a momentous historical text preserving for us the lucky generations what war really meant. She wrote twentynine books, of which testament of youth is the bestknown. Vera brittain 18931970 served as a nurse in the british armed forces in world war i and afterward devoted herself to the causes of peace and feminism.
Testament of youth by vera brittain, first edition abebooks. Testament of youth by vera brittaindiana athill first read vera brittains wartime memoir when it was published in 1933 and found the author tiresomely selfimportant and melodramatic. Jun 05, 2015 the book testament of youth was first published in england in 1933, and its never gone out of print. Most poignantly it is the portrait of vera brittains unrelenting and tragic psychological annihilation during and after world war one. At the close of publication day, its first printrun of 3,000 had sold out. Testament of youth is brittains account of how she survived those agonising years. Testament of youth by vera brittain, 9780349010274, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Testament of youth by vera brittain 1933 literary ladies. The first part of a trilogy, it covers the years 19001925, from brittains early schoolage childhood through her late thirties, in the context of great britain and the anticipation and wake of world war i. The book includes a chapter on the making of the film. A book by mark bostridge, titled vera brittain and the first world war. The new film testament of youth takes a different view. The story of vera brittain and her own lost generation stands as proxy for us all, whose. Now that my parents had at last migrated temporarily to the grand hotel at brighton, our two families were so near.
Testament of youth by vera brittain thinking faith. The film was released in wide distribution in the uk on 16 january 2015. Simon potter begins with his own testament to vera brittains memoir, testament of youth. Testament of youth is a wonderful book, one which you will read again and again, and all the more moving because it is a true story. Read testament of youth an autobiographical study of the years 19001925 by vera brittain available from rakuten kobo. An autobiographical study of the years 19001925 by vera brittain. Hailed by the times literary supplement as a book that helped both form and define the mood of its time, it speaks to any generation that has been irrevocably changed by war. The book shows how the impact extended into the postwar years. Mar 23, 20 vera brittain and her brother edward, 1915. Vera brittain 18931970 is best known as the author of testament of youth, the eloquent memoir of her world war i experiences that gave voice to a generation forever shattered and haunted by the more. My favorite time in history is wwi, and many have called this book the novel that best captures that period. In testament of youth, the words seemed to pour out of her, a potent mixture of rage and loss, underpinned by lively intelligence and fervent pacifist beliefs. The first edition of the novel was published in august 28th 1933, and was written by vera brittain. Testament of youth pdf download full download pdf book.
Testament of youth is the story of the loss of an entire generations youth and innocence to the shattering tragedy of world war i 19141918. In 1933 she published testament of youth, the first of three books dealing with her experience of war. When it was finally published in august 1933, the book was an instant hit. This classic memoir of the first world war is now a major motion picture starring alicia vikander and kit harington. One button 15 links for downloading the book testament of youth in all e book formats. Jan 16, 2015 testament of youth is a unique and relevant reminder that remembering the war is not just about the dead. In testament of youth, a nurse tells the story of world war i. Testament of youth is the first instalment, covering 19001925, in the memoir of vera brittain 18931970. The story of testament of youth, was published by bloomsbury publishing on 4 december 2014.169 1340 648 98 664 1202 977 452 1306 1359 480 475 1291 437 944 739 969 1336 679 689 260 1155 1546 298 221 624 478 912 466 951 1274 572 761 997