Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War

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Feminist Press at CUNY, 1989 - Fiction - 300 pages
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Praised by theChicago Sun-Times for its "furious, indignant power,” this story offers a rare, funny, bitter, and feminist look at war. First published in London in 1930,Not So Quiet... (on the Western Front) describes a group of British women ambulance drivers on the French front lines during World War I, surviving shell fire, cold, and their punishing commandant, "Mrs. Bitch." The novel takes the guise of an autobiography by Smith, pseudonym for Evadne Price. The novel's power comes from Smith's outrage at the senselessness of war, at her country's complacent patriotism, and her own daily contact with the suffering and the wounded.

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Not So Quiet by Helen Zenna Smith; (5+*) I loved this book. And yet I ask myself, how can one love a book which is at times torturous to read? Helen Zenna Smith has written a novel (based upon her war ... Read full review

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I see in the years to come old men in their easy chairs fiercely reviling us for lacking the sweetness and softness of our mothers and their mothers before them; chiding us for language that is not ... Read full review

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