Victoria Janssen recently read and reviewed The Head Girl at the Gables by Angela Brazil for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012. Here’s an excerpt:
The tone overall is one of patriotism and optimism, perhaps more due to the book’s genre than the mood of the country when it was written. Or perhaps the tone is aspirational. When a peripheral character is reported killed in action, there’s grief, but it’s nobly restrained. . . . Throughout the story, life goes on. The heroine, Lorraine, is elected Head Girl at the novel’s opening and spends the novel learning how to manage her duties as well as the personalities of the other students. In addition, she finds a mentor and begins to discover her own life’s passion, art. All the while, the War is a backdrop.
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