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Lark

Just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas! I hope it's filled with family, friends, and many good books. :)

Rohan

It's a really memorable volume. One thing I was really struck by was the very ordinary stuff they talk about, amid the crises and traumas of the war -- lost luggage, books they are reading, their love lives. I think you'd really enjoy following that path: I read a lot of VB (and WH) a while back and have been following up on it one way or another every since. If you can get ahold of Testament of a Generation, which is a collection of their journalism, I recommend it! (I got it through AbeBooks, I think, since it's out of print.)

Caroline

I finisehed it on Sunday and was reading little else before the final page. It's been on my mind constnatly and I've immediately started Testament of Youth. thingking that i would like to dedicate my reading to British literature between the wars for a while.
Yesterday was the anniversary of Roland Leihton's death. 99 years since he was killed. It was an eerie thought. Once you've read those letters you almost think of them as your friends as well.
I wonder how you will feel about it in the end. At first I put it aside frequently but I've read the last 200 pages pretty much in two sittings.
I wish you a Merry Christmas too! I'll be sending you an email soon.

elizabeth Wix

I haven't read Testament of Youth and obviously need to!
I found Siegfried Sassoon's Sheraton Trilogy - Memoirs of a Foxhuntingman/Infantry Officer etc
stunning.
Happy winter reading, dear Danielle!

cathy

Counting down the hours until Christmas, now, and wanted to say "Merry Christmas" to you, Danielle and everyone on the blog. Happy New Year, too.

Stefanie

A good book of letters is a real treasure. Not only are they enjoyable in themselves but they always make me want to be a better letter writer. You are right to say the art of letters because it is an art. One, I hope to be better at practicing in 2015!

Danielle

Hi Lark, Thank you! I hope you are enjoying the holiday festivities, too, and that Santa has been generous!

Danielle

It is very engaging reading. Letter writing was such an art and the letters are really pretty amazing--as you say the ordinary is mixed in with the extraordinary. What strikes me is how Roland and Vera talk about the war and the possibilities of dying interspersed with their mutual attraction. I have been reading a bit every day and I think I will indeed continue on with more about Vera Brittain. I will look for Testament of a Generation--I have never gotten around to reading Testament of Youth so will dig out my copy of it. I have a novel she wrote as well--in a Virago edition. I am so glad I decided to pick up the book after all as I had thought I would perhaps give it a miss for the time being. A little sad going for this time of year, but so worthy, too.

Danielle

I'm still reading part three so have not gotten to Roland's death yet. I know it's coming, but I have a feeling it is going to be difficult to read it nonetheless. I am so glad I decided in the end to read the book--I have a feeling I won't finish by the end of the year (though will try--and if not--will finish soon after), so I wanted to at least give it a mention now. I can see how you would feel so engaged by the letters to keep reading them straight through--I read a bit of this and then pick up a novel that is lighter going, but I expect there will come a time when I don't want to put the book down. I am thinking I will read more about her or by her as well. You'll have to tell me how you get on with Testament of Youth! Did you know that a movie was made of ToY? I just discovered that--though I have not heard anything about the film and think it has not yet been released in the US.

Danielle

I haven't actually read it yet either, but the letters between Vera, Roland, her brother and their friends is pretty amazing. If you want to know what it was like during the war, this is a pretty good place to get a feel for what life was like then. I have not read anything by Siefried Sassoon but need to look for these books as well--I am not a very good poetry reader, but I might like WWI poetry. Happy reading to you, too, Elizabeth!

Danielle

Hi Cathy--Happy Holidays--I hope you are enjoying a peaceful and happy Christmas week!

Danielle

I forgot how much I like reading books of letters and hope I can pick up more of them in 2015. This is a really amazing collection! I know what you mean--I think my letters are nothing like these--letter writing was such an art form--something to strive for, yes?!

Caroline

Guy mentioned the movie and said it was very good. I know his taste so I'm sure it's well worth watching but I want to read the book first. Oh my - I think I wrote Robert Leighton in my post. I need to correct that.

Danielle

....I am slowly catching up on posts, so I'll be reading yours soon! I am happy to hear that Guy liked the movie--there is a companion book being published here in the US sometime in the next few months--must look it up and see if the movie will ever be released here or not...

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