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Carissa Green Reads

I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.

Currently reading

Chekhov Four Plays
Anton Chekhov, David Magarshack
Beyond the University Why Liberal Education Matters
Michael S Roth
First Love, Last Rites
Ian McEwan
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall

New Literary Hero: Vera Brittain

Testament of Youth - Vera Brittain

I read "Testament of Youth" earlier this sumer in anticipation of the movie. I loved, loved, loved this book. It was my very first introduction to Brittain, having never even heard of her before, let alone being familiar with her work, but it won't be the last. I'm looking forward to exploring some of her novels in the future.


Brittain's sentences were complicated arabesques, but taking them apart, one finds passionate discussion of youth, the early 20th-century women's movement, the lost generation of World War I, and the post-war politics and recovery of Europe. I loved every word. Even getting lost in the post-war section, being completely unfamiliar with the politics she is discussing, did not dampen my enjoyment of the book. Winnifred Holtby shows up in Vera's life. How could one argue with two young novelists becoming best friends?