Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Testament of Youth

Vera Brittain's moving and powerful memoir about the Great War  - Testament of Youth - was an important part of my research for the first two Muskoka Novels.  A movie based on that book is being released in Britain this week. I can hardly wait to see it!

It seems that the director took the same approach as I did in The Summer Before the Storm – beginning with  the genteel age of elegance and innocence, and then plunging the characters into the brutal war that decimated a generation of young people and forever changed those who survived.

Here is an interesting clip about the movie. Notice at about 2:50 minutes in that the director actually talks about “the summer before the storm”.