Not so quiet summary

Helen Zenna Smith has written a novel based upon her war service in the ambulance corp which vividly portrays the lives of a certain number of woman who signed up to "do their bit".

It is dialogue driven and shows all the horrors of war from the point of view of a group of female ambulance drivers. Pretty strong stuff, eh? I got Number Thirteen Hospital at the station gate — not only the farthest out of camp, but the one on top of the hill with a rough, detestable, badly-winding road, dotted with irregular heaps of snow-covered stones hard enough to negotiate by daylight, but hell to drive up at the crawl with a load of wounded on a pitch black night in a hurricane of wind, … when the slightest jar may mean death to a man inside.

They work long hours, with poor food and very little sleep. That was not the kind of language a nicely brought up young lady from Wimbledon Common uses. At least the drivers are there to care about getting the wounded soldiers to the hospitals no matter how much mud or snow they have to drive through to get them there.


Families proud of what their daughters are doing for the war effort and the country and the feelings of the narrator and her comrades: The bulk of the book features the experiences of these young women. It is an effective and powerful war novel written from a different perspective, but still underlining the horror and futility of war and the bonds it binds between those involved.

Gently, gently, stretcher-bearers… he is about done. But looking deep into those emotionless eyes one wondered if they had suffered much before the soul had left them. There are many things the sitters tell me on our long night rides that could have done this.

The drivers get very little sleep. And yet I ask myself, how can one love a book which is at times torturous to read?

The attitudes to sexual relations were shocking at the time, but there is a sense of little mattering. She turned her hand to romantic novels and writing a column on Astrology, to burlesque befo We are all aware of the Great War novels: After which the women had to get to cleaning and maintaining their own vehicles to an enormously high standard, before heading back out to do it all again.

Evans-Mawnington, lest their groans and heartrending cries linger as long in your memory as in the memory of the daughter you sent out to help win the war. Their leader is quite the bitch and they are punished for the smallest of infractions.

Not So Quiet...

It burns and shrivels the lungs to… to the mess you see on the ambulance floor there. They are not singing now, you will observe. This will be something original to tell your committees, while they knit their endless miles of khaki scarves.A summary of the book Quiet The power of introverts in a world that can´t stop talking By Susan Cain In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose and honorable.

What counted was not so much the impression one. Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War was published in by Evadne Price, using the pseudonym Helen Zenna Smith. The semi-biographical account of an ambulance driver provides female insight to the horrors of World War Helen Zenna Smith (Evadne Price).

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NOT SO QUIET By. GET WEEKLY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: Email Address Subscribe. Tweet. KIRKUS REVIEW. Shocking, bitter look at war and flag-waving patriotism--as seen through the eyes of a volunteer woman ambulance-driver at the French frontlines during WW I;.

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