Compre o livro Testament of Youth na bloccocverbnerbe.ml: confira as ofertas para of Youth: An Autobiographical Study Of The Year e mais milhares de eBooks. Read "Testament Of Youth An Autobiographical Study Of The Years " by Vera Brittain available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your. This classic memoir of the First World War is now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. In Vera Brittain was 20, and as war was declared she was preparing to study at Oxford. TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, one of the most famous autobiographies of the First.
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Desperate to do something, she drops out of her hard-won course at Somerville College, Oxford, in order to enrol as a VAD, where she works first in London, then in Malta, and finally in France.
Now here she was stripping men naked, treating venereal disease, and mopping up blood, pus and vomit for twelve hours a day.
Given this complete anatomical ignorance, of a kind now hard to imagine, it is all the more astonishing to read such sensitive passages as the following, which I found extraordinarily moving: Short of actually going to bed with [the patients], there was hardly an intimate service that I did not perform for one or another in the course of four years, and I still have reason to be thankful for the knowledge of masculine functioning which the care of them gave me, and for my early release from the sex-inhibitions that even to-day — thanks to the Victorian tradition which up to dictated that a young woman should know nothing of men but their faces and their clothes until marriage pitchforked her into an incompletely visualised and highly disconcerting intimacy — beset many of my female contemporaries, both married and single.
In the early days of the War the majority of soldier-patients belonged to a first-rate physical type which neither wounds nor sickness, unless mortal, could permanently impair, and from the constant handling of their lean, muscular bodies, I came to understand the essential cleanliness, the innate nobility, of sexual love on its physical side. Although there was much to shock in Army hospital service, much to terrify, much, even, to disgust, this day-by-day contact with male anatomy was never part of the shame.
Since it was always Roland whom I was nursing by proxy, my attitude towards him imperceptibly changed; it became less romantic and more realistic, and thus a new depth was added to my love. What I want to draw attention to here, beyond the emotional impact, is the fact that in there was really no established prose convention under which women could write about men's bodies in this way; Brittain is forging this language for the first time, and that's something she succeeds in doing at many points throughout the book.
It is one of the most striking implications of her wonderful and wonderfully undoctrinaire feminism that she is determined to say what is unsaid, and more importantly to explain what is insufficiently understood, about women's experiences of the war and of social pressures in general. The sense of clear-eyed realism that characterises Brittain's descriptions is reinforced by her rejection of any religious comfort.
Her spiritual beliefs constitute a kind of questing agnosticism informed in part by Olive Schreiner's novel The Story of an African Farm , which was a keystone book for her and Roland. But she is convinced that death is final; and at times, when she is thinking about interpersonal duties and responsibilities, she is very inspiring on this subject: And then I remembered, with a startling sense of relief, that there was no resurrection to complicate the changing relationships forced upon men and women by the sheer passage of earthly time.
There was only a brief interval between darkness and darkness in which to fulfil obligations, both to individuals and society, which could not be postponed to the comfortable futurity of a compensating heaven. It's very affecting to see her reach for these lessons in the latter parts of the book.
It would have been easy to start this book in , end it in , and make it a true war memoir. That is not enough for her; it doesn't do the job.
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