THRICE A STRANGER by Vera Brittain


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The author of A Testament of Youth presents her ""testament of maturity"" -- not a completely rounded picture, but three chapters in growth, as evidenced by her three visits to America. Once again there is the same candor, the same zest, the same vitality, that characterized the first book. The subject is one that has been many times told, -- the experiences of an English author on lecture tour -- but never better told. The book leaves one panting with exhaustion and a little ashamed of the way we treat our visitors. But it is not for this that the book is distinguished. Rather for its honest analysis of the author's failure, on her first visit, to find the pulse of America in the university town where she and her husband were living. Rather for its challenge to some of our shibboleths. Rather for its gradual awakening to the significance of the American scene, in subsequent visits, which included more than seventy lectures and over 50,000 miles of traveling. Rather for the appraisal of the changes between 1927 and 1934, between 1934 and 1937, in the tempo, in perhaps, the maturity, of the average American. Very readable, personal without being gossipy, a book to ponder.

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 1938
Publisher: Macmillan