Posted by Jane on September 16, 1998 at 09:57:38:
In response to Vera Brittain, written by Hil on September 15, 1998 at 21:13:55
] Its a powerful book. Has anyone else read it?
I read it years ago, and it also made a strong impression on me. The first world war seems overshadowed by WWII, but it is astonishing to realize how it wiped out a whole generation of men. One thing I learned from it is that virtually all the educated and upper class men immediately signed up--(contrast this with the Americans in the Viet Nam war, where so many people tried to get out of serving, and education was a way to do so). The men who were lost in the first world war would have been the artists and poets and professors and leaders of their generation. And there wasn't some great evil like Naziism at stake, so it's harder to see a good purpose in the destruction.
I highly recommend this book, but with the warning that it was the saddest thing I have ever read.
- I just read Testament of Youth Kay 10:20:22 9/17/98 (3)
- Responses Hil 21:41:44 9/17/98 (0)
- Masterpiece Theater and was there a sequel?? KateMcQ 19:19:15 9/17/98 (1)
- Saw it, was moved by it, about the Testament of Experience: sanna 03:30:22 9/18/98 (0)
- "And some there be, which have no memorial.." sanna 15:02:38 9/16/98 (1)
- Thanks, sanna Hil 21:33:27 9/17/98 (0)
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