Not So Quiet . . .: A Novel

Not So Quiet . . .: A Novel

by Helen Zenna Smith, Jane Marcus

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ISBN-13: 9781558616325
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date: 01/01/1993
Series: Women & Peace
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 474 KB

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Not So Quiet...: Stepdaughters of War 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
beggar1015 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This short book covers everything your mother never told you about World War I. I read somewhere that for a time this book was on the banned list, and no wonder as it dares to say things that polite society never acknowledged during this era. From the horrendous living conditions for the ambulance drivers whose lives are in just as much danger as the soldiers in the trenches, the blood and guts reality of the wounded, the unbearable pressures from home for the girls to "do their bit" with a stiff upper lip (from the people living safe and warm back home), lesbianism (shockers!), premarital sex and abortion. No wonder this lost generation went wild during the Roaring Twenties.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells the story of British Women Ambulance drivers who work among the battlefields and trenches of World War I. Many of these young women are sent by their parents (mothers especially) who believe that for every child, son or daughter, they send to war they will get an extra star in their crown, and be seen as the epitome of patriotism. As a result, many of these girls go off to war having no idea what they are getting themselves into, or what horrors of war they will see in the trenches. This book is a bit gory at times while describing the women's work of transporting the dead and wounded, but overall it paints a vivid portrait of the role of women in war. A side that is often overlooked. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the role of women in society or women's issues, and also anyone who enjoys seeing history from another perspective not shown in history books.