Not So Quiet...

Not So Quiet It is such fun out here and of course I m loving every minute of it tell them that all the ideals and beliefs you ever had have crashed about your gun deafened ears and they will reply on pale mauve

  • Title: Not So Quiet...
  • Author: Helen Zenna Smith Jane Marcus
  • ISBN: 9780935312829
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is such fun out here, and of course I m loving every minute of it tell them that all the ideals and beliefs you ever had have crashed about your gun deafened ears and they will reply on pale mauve deckle edged paper calling you a silly hysterical little girl These are the thoughts of Helen Smith, one of England s Splendid Daughters , an ambulance driver at th It is such fun out here, and of course I m loving every minute of it tell them that all the ideals and beliefs you ever had have crashed about your gun deafened ears and they will reply on pale mauve deckle edged paper calling you a silly hysterical little girl These are the thoughts of Helen Smith, one of England s Splendid Daughters , an ambulance driver at the French front Working all hours of the day and night, witness to the terrible wreckage of war, her firsthand experience contrasts sharply with her altruistic expectations And one of her most painful realisations is that those like her parents, who preen themselves on visions of glory, have no concept of the devastation she lives with and no wish for their illusions to be shaken.

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    1. We are all aware of the Great War novels: “All Quiet on the Western Front”, “Goodbye to All That”, trilogy’s by Pat Barker and Siegfried Sassoon. This novel should also be on the list as it stands comparison to all of those above. Helen Smith was the pen name of Evadne Price, who turned her hand to many things over a very long career; she married a German actor, a British soldier and an Australian writer. She turned her hand to romantic novels and writing a column on Astrology, to burl [...]

    2. This book was first published in 1930, originally planned as being a spoof on Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front from the point of view of a woman. Written under the pen name Helen Zenna Smith by Evadne Price, an Australian journalist, these are the novelised war diaries of Winnifred Young, a British ambulance driver.This is a masterpiece, no less.Don't expect heroic VADs, even more heroic soldiers, stiff British lips and glory. Don't even expect the lately so favoured "neutralised" point [...]

    3. a masterful piece of work - essential reading for anyone interesting in getting away from the traditional WW1 narrative. Her prose is lightning sharp and the content powerful and moving. From about halfway throughHow smoothly she runs, this great lumbering blot. How slowly. To look at her you’d never think it possible to run an ambulance of this size so slowlyCrawl, crawl, crawl. Did I hear a scream from inside? I must fix my mind on something.What? I know – my coming-out dance. My first gro [...]

    4. Due to odd circumstances, I did not get to read All Quiet on the Western Front in eighth grade. I'll make up for it one day. And I'll read that novel that Metallica based their MTV=hitvideo "One" upon. But then too I'll add this one, Not So Quiet, to that very same queue (no particular placement), on the strength of the following excerpt provided by gr's own BURIED Modernist Expert, Jonathan ::feministpress/sites/de

    5. Not so Quiet The latest book in the LibraryThing Great War theme read has turned out to be a novel that packs quite a punch, a searing denunciation of the realities of war. As the introduction to my 1988 VMC edition by Barbara Hardy explains its authorship is complex. Helen Zenna Smith is a pseudonym for Evadne Price, the first person narrator of the story is also a Helen Z Smith (Smithy to her colleagues in France, Nell or Nellie at home). Evadne Price was a journalist who was asked to write a [...]

    6. I sort of stumbled my way through the first 100 pages of this book. I really wanted to like it. And then I did. This book was written in the 1930's by Helen Zenna Smith as she recounted the time she served as a VAD for the Army. Working 15 hour days in the snow (ambulances only had covers on the wagon part, not the driver section), eating spoiled food, sleeping an average of 3 hours a night and being terrified was a part of daily life for these women. These englishwomen who actually PAID to serv [...]

    7. This is the first WWI novel I have read, which might be part of the reason why I found it so incredible. I was incredibly moved by the book. It brought to life--in my imagination--the utter horror of the Great War in a way that I have never experienced before. It is utterly inadequate to read about facts and numbers, military movements and negotiations, dates and treaties, in a textbook. It chills me greatly to imagine that the events in this book actually happened, people actually suffered--men [...]

    8. This book is remarkable, easily one of the best books I have ever read. It is fast paced, thrilling, and incredibly engaging. This book follows a group of upper class British women driving ambulances in France during World War I, all told from the POV of one character. The protagonist has amazing insights into her world, puts a mirror up to (then) contemporary British society, and is one of the most profound looks into the demoralizing natures of war. It was incredibly difficult to read, seeing [...]

    9. An emotionally meaningful journey into the numbness and shellshock that typified many veterans from the Great War, even ambulance drivers like the narrator. Fictionalized from her own experiences, Smith delivers the anti-war punch not focused so much on the futility and horror of war but mostly on those who promoted the war: the proud parents who were more pleased that their son was decorated with a Victoria Cross than upset that he returned home either maimed or in a wooden box. A powerful jour [...]

    10. This is a book I have read time and time again over the years and portrays the lives of young women who became ambulance drivers in the horrors or the First World War

    11. 4.5 StarsOriginally published in 1930, Not So Quiet is one of those faux memoir style epistolary novels describing the experiences of World War 1 ambulance driver Helen Smith, aka "Smithy". Her story opens in 1915 as she serves in France with a group of other female ambulance drivers. This group includes ringleader Toshington ("Tosh"), a bold, tomboyish redhead; "The BF" or Bettina Fisher, boy-crazy and all about the luxe life; Etta Potter, aka "Etta Potato" who is the team's resident sunshiney [...]

    12. Fascinating look into the lives of women ambulance drivers in The Great War. Reflecting the war, this story is designed to strip any romanticism from wars, with harrowing details, disillusions, and a bleak ending. Patriotism is ridiculed. No worthy cause. No redemption.

    13. Another to really resonate in my A levels, and got me back into reading again a few years ago when I just hadn't bothered for a while (uni and stuff), despite the content. Hard hitting, scathing, and painful real talk.

    14. After reading Helen Zenna Smith’s powerful answer to Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, I am sitting in stunned silence. This author, who is fairly obscure and unread, wrote with such passion about the conditions under which the Volunteer Aide Detachment (VAD) ambulance drivers worked, that it’s hard to believe she didn’t work in that capacity herself. Instead, she relied on the diaries of Winifred Young, who did serve in France.Helen Smith, the novel [...]

    15. I don't like reading war books. I can't handle the blood and gore or the preachy anti-war gospel. It's a trend that started when was little and has continued through my teens and into my twenties. But I'm a huge bookie, a bookie to the bone. I grew up constantly nestled in bed with piles of library books. I would fly through book and after book, genre labels aside. But never war books. That was the one exception.I recently picked up Not So Quiet by Helen Zenna Smith. Set in WWI Europe, I was he [...]

    16. War writing is almost by definition writing by men about men. It also, almost universally, centers on the climactic moments, the engagement between foes, the risking it all, the promise of life, the threat of death. How unusual then to find a novel, written by a woman, in which the climactic moments are not on the battlefields but in the hospital ward, not pitting her being against another to the death, but pitting it against death for another, trying to save and comfort the maimed and screaming [...]

    17. I’m a bit of a WWI fiend, and I was thrilled to pick this up since it was focused on a wartime experience I haven’t read about previously. The style takes a little bit to get used to, especially as the narrative lapses into a more stream-of-consciousness style quite often. It contrasts pretty sharply with the often sarcastic, more detailed narrative that makes up most of the book, and the experience is a bit nervous-making for the reader, as suits the material well. I quite liked it, but I [...]

    18. One thing that detracted from this book was that it was not well written. I found out in the lengthy "Afterword" that the author had used someone's letters and notes to write this story -- and perhaps she could never make it quite her own.However, it was an interesting sociological account (fiction) about women volunteer ambulance drivers during World War 1. Times were a'changing for women (at least, upper class women) with the suffragette movement before the war opening women's eyes to the poss [...]

    19. So, I liked this more when I thought it was based on a true story. Instead, it's a work of fiction based on the experiences of a female ambulance driver. Knowing that the author didn't experience what happened definitely changed my view on the book, since instead I think it's definitely written with an agenda in mind rather than to convey wartime experiences. However, I did really like the style it was written in. The author didn't need to use a million words to convey what she meant, but it als [...]

    20. Not So Quiet is an eloquent, moving, and graphic counterpart to Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front. Based largely on the diaries of ambulance drivers in World War I, Smith's novel is part fiction and part autobiography, describing the horrors of life as an ambulance driver, ferrying crippled men, wounded at the front, to field hospitals, traversing dangerous roads and risking death from enemy artillery fire and aerial bombardment. In addition, Smith excoriates the ignorance an [...]

    21. Thus ended my review for All Quiet on the Western Front:"The Silver Tassie. Johnny got his gun. Blackadder Goes Forth. All Quiet on The Western Front. These are [so far] my preferred Great War narratives. We can squabble about their merit, you can call me a fool, but that won't change the effect they've had on me."I can now add Not So Quiet to the list. The story of a World War I female ambulance driver.The final paragraph informs us that (view spoiler)[ "Her soul died under a radiant silver moo [...]

    22. Helen Zenna Smith (a pseudonym) offers a fantastic "memoir" (not actually autobiographical) about women during the First World War. The novel is very anti-war - in the spirit of All Quiet on the Western Front. Helen, an Englishwomen from a rather well-to-do family, volunteers as an ambulance driver and tells of her experiences in France. The book addresses class issues and how different classes viewed the war and how their experiences differed. She also is quite scathing toward the older generat [...]

    23. From the first page I could tell this was a book that would get into my head. Smithy's story seems so like a historical fiction that it's hard at times to remember that events like the ones in book really happened. But every time you do, you feel for her and the other ambulance drivers all the more. There are moments when I'm waiting to learn what Tosh said to Skinny to upset her so, but I along with everyone else can only speculate as Smithy doesn't tell us. And more than once I wanted to shove [...]

    24. Just got to the end of this 1930 novel and thought that it was amazing. 'Helen Zenna Smith ' was really the journalist /playwright/ author Evadne Price ; after reading 'All Quiet on the Western Front' , Evadne Price wrote this novel based on a young woman's wartime diary . The novel is centred around a 21 year old women ambulance driver . About two thirds of the novel concerns a specific group of female drivers at the 'Front and how the Great War is changing so much of their lives. The subjects [...]

    25. Initially commissioned as a parody of All Quiet on the Western Front, this was instead written as a harrowing, first person, present tense account of life close to the front line through much of the First World War. Particularly of note were the contrasts between the parents back home, those who were out there (not just those stationed with the narrator but also the friends she corresponded with or met when their leaves coincided) and, of course, those who were soon to go out for the first time; [...]

    26. A really interesting novel giving a woman's perspective of World War 1 and all the horrors and how the people back home were ignorant. It shows how focussed civilians were on their families fighting for Britain, without understanding what that really meant and mocks the behaviour of parents desperate to outshine each other through their children's so-called achievements. Ignoring the trenches, Smith shows the conditions women worked in and the dangers they faced and ultimately, how victimised th [...]

    27. Published in 1930, this eye-opening novel places you in the passenger seat of one of the ambulances driven by women at the front lines in France during World War I. The horrifying nightmares these women face are a far cry from what the “Doing Our Bit!” propaganda at the time would have had you believe.I’ll admit that this book might not be for everyone. The details get a bit gory at times, and the book is full of heavy political undertones. However I do think it’s a worthwhile read for a [...]

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