[The Chalet School in Exile] EBOOK / PDF
Another wonderful Chalet School book this really intrigued me especially as I have recently been studying that eriod of time in History in which the book was set For me I was really uite saddened when the School leaves the Tiernsee for G Absolutely my favourite Will need to read it again very soon So much happens it s hard to take it all in I m surprised to realise that I ve not formally reviewed The Chalet School in Exile I ve mentioned it repeatedly across my blog and made no bones of my admiration for it So now it s time to redress the balance and let you know why and how this book is outstandingPublished in 1940 it became The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 part of the narrative of the Second World War Authors working in this time had roughly two choices she says generalising massively They could either acknowledge the war address it or ignore it Some of Brent Dyer s contemporaries sailed gloriously into a lavender scented future that made no reference to the tumultuous events occurring in the world outside their books Brent Dyer however did things a little differentlyExile is arovocative and brave book and one that reaches beyond its nature as a simple girls school story This book is dense with ideology and makes no bone in what it is Just take a moment to think about that a book being The National Debt: A Short History published right when we re in the middle of fighting the war against Nazism that deliberately and boldlyoints out that not all Germans are Nazis That nuanced ideology doesn t end there even after the Gestapo Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific persecute the Chalet School community and lead to a group of the girls Miss Wilson Jack Maynard and Gottfreid Mensch escaping through the mountains to freedom Wrapped up in all of that is some impressive notions on how women can fight war There s a deliberate and conscious separation of the women of the Chalet School from the men s war and even that most assimilated man into the community Jack Maynard very clearly refers to the Chalet School Peace League as yours and not his Words and language are how these women fight and survive and theower of these words is otent when the Peace League itself faces discoverySo we ve got all that which to be faces discoverySo we ve got all that which to be is a book and a half by itself But what we also have is a owerful journey of growth by these girl characters a cipher if you will for the adolescent WW2 reader and we have a society that we ve come to love surviving against all odds The Chalet School and therefore you will and does endure I m not a Chalet School aficionado but was tempted to read this one by a number of favourable comments on a Facebook group I follow The only other Chalet book I have read was the first one so I was somewhat confused by the many characters who floated in and left without contributing much to the story However this book feels as if it is a significant connecting art of the overall Chalet story many new characters are introduced who may be important in later books and the stories of many old characters come to an end in this Chalet book I am glad to have read it but it did not tempt me to read other Chalet books This was one of my favourite books as a child it combines two of what I thought as a child were the best settings for girl s stories boarding
schools and the second world war The that the second world war and the second world war The fact that the world war a really good setting is robably just due to growing up with children s literature in the 1970s and 1980s when it was a fairly major sub genre robably because many of the eople writing children s books at the time had been children themselves in the war This book is different to others I read because it is actually of 1940 vintageBrent Dyer began the Chalet School series in 1925 and kept adding books to the series through to her death in about 1970 For the most Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde part you can t much tell when the books are set or I couldn t as a child They are in some earlierart of the 20th century than I lived in but I couldn t have aced them any closer to their time if it wasn t for this book in the series The original Chalet School was set in the Austrian Tyrol and by the late It s only when I read the GGBP editions of Chalet Scho. When Madge Bettany decides to start a school in the Austrian Alps little does she realize how such a small idea will so completely change her life. Ol books that I realise just how much the Armada editions could cut out without ruining the books The version of this I originally read had a whole chapter cut It didn t really make much differenceThere are really good really interesting bits of this book but mostly it meanders on about inconseuential nonsense and then has the really big stuff Joey s wedding the triplets birth happen off screenJoey is at her bizarre best laughing at letters that aren t even remotely funny and being strange and inappropriate She treats her babies as dolls and seems attached to her dog than the tripletsThis is a strange book and one that does not stand up well to re reading as an adult This is a book that grows deeper and impressive with age and by age I mean the age of the reader That s not often the case in boarding school fiction or in literature aimed at a younger readership But The Chalet School In Exile is that rare exception a brilliant bold blend of history and fiction that s really uite exceptional for its time In a way Elinor M Brent Dyer s lot for this entire book was a necessary one her fictional boarding school was located in the magnificent idyll of the Tiernsee based on the real life Achensee in Austria But as World War II loomed large over Europe in the late 1930s it became increasingly difficult to believe that a multi national school of girls from all over the world could credibly remain in a country about to be overrun by Hitler s Third Reich The series would either have to end or to continue in a wildly different fashionBrent Dyer chose the latter and executed it with impeccable style and rofound depth The Chalet School In Exile follows the characters we have come to love as they discover that the world and eople they have come to love are threatened by the onset of war Erstwhile friends become enemies swept up in the bloodthirsty blindness of Nazism and schoolgirls must flee from the oncoming storm The first half of the book is an absolutely stunning accomplishment There was no need for Brent Dyer to tell this articular story at this The Elephants Journey particular time she could have relocated the school off stage so to speak but instead she chose to delve into the horrors of the early years of the great war with remarkable insight andrescience The fact that this book must have been written sometime in 1939 it was Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' published in 1940 makes Brent Dyer s observations on the Third Reich and the insidious sinister way in which it operated even spectacular To readers today much of it is accepted fact incontrovertible truth In her time history was happening every day The fact that she grasped it with such clarity is astounding in and of itselfAll the impressive is the message she sends in her writing one of acceptance toleranceeace and love one that doesn t simply demonise the entire German opulace as was no doubt the trend at the time and in the many years thereafter instead teasing out the differences between the German eople and the Nazis in Changing Face of the Hero power She finds a range of ordinaryeople in her characters all operating in extraordinary times power She finds a range of ordinary The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry people in her characters all operating in extraordinary times of themeople well known to her main
Characters Are Infected With The are infected with the spirit of anti Semitism others are conscientious objectors who are watching their country die every minute It s startlingly realistic for its occasional flights of fancyThere are of course StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story plenty of such flights of fancy in the novel It s hard to believe so much happens in it escape from a frenzied mob an arduous journey through Switzerland aossible spy in the ranks of students a It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life plane crash any one incident could form the backbone of its own novel It can get a biteculiar in the telling of it all articularly when the novel settles down into a traditional school story againNonetheless Brent Dyer keeps it all chugging along uite well with her undeniable knack for characterisation She s spent uite a few of the last few books wondering if the character of Joey Bettany will ever really grow up it s the War that gives her the impetus to effect that journey at last It s in this book that Joey weathers great trauma and finds great love Now in this classic series of books first ublished in the 1920s join the Chalet School's first upil Joey Bettany as she forges strong bonds of fr. S wellIn later years Brent Dyer s books grow ever insulated from the Real World Subsisting In world subsisting in leasant cocoon of the The Lady and the Lionheart past and tradition But at thisoint in the long running series her books have never been alive This acceptance of the real world in the lives of her characters lends her stories an emotional weight and truth that is usually uite elusive in this most escapist of genres Elinor Brent Dyer was an extraordinarily rolific author who wrote than 100 books in total many of them in the famous Chalet School series about a 1930s girls school set
In The Austrian Tyrol the Austrian Tyrol ve been collecting them for years and had been searching for this one in articular the rare The Chalet School in Exile set during the Nazis Anschluss of Austria The girls of the school fall foul of the Gestapo after trying to save an old Jewish man from being beaten to death and have to escape Austria on foot through the Alps It s an extraordinarily vivid snapshot of a time and a lace and one of the few children s books of the era to deal directly with the terror of the Nazis I read it when I was about 10 and it made a deep impression on me at the time An original first edition hardback with the original dust jacket showing a SS officer confronting the girls is worth over 1000 though this is cheap compared to the almost 4000 you need to fork out for a first edition copy of the first book in the series The School at the Chalet I however bought my copy from Girls Gone By ublishers which re issue the rarer editions at a much affordable Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church price and feature the famous dustjacket as well Setting a boarding school in Austria was such a great idea until World War II came along And obviously not even a fictional school could stayut Loved this one one of my favourites of the series Very much of the times and all the better for it I m glad EM Brent Dyer didn t just retend away the War and keep her girls in a glad EM Brent Dyer didn t just retend away the War and keep her girls in a little AU April 2020 I got my hands on a Girls Gone By unedited version and I m fascinated by what Armada chose to cut in the 90s Politics mostly aragraphs of discussion on Austria have been cut in half or omitted entirely I don t know enough about internal Austrian olitics circa 1938 to know if that s because Brent Dyer s depiction turned out to be inaccurate or if Dr Jen was considered verbose to the oint of boring readers Also cut a bunch of mentions of concentration camps lost jobs imprisoned Jews an entire chapter set in Switzerland and a lot of discussion about the Chalet School Peace League as originally written there s a coherence which lends the book a through line missing in the choppy Armada version This book boggles the mind It s very very distinctively Brent Dyer and fabulous and brave ReallyFebruary 2017 Five stars on the strength of this book s year of ublication 1940It takes real foresight to depict the Nazis as accurately as Brent Dyer does here doing that barely into the start of World War II because surely this must have been written National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 pre 1940sublication is astoundingThis is still a school story so almost everyone survives and Jo gets engaged and married and has triplets but even the usual shenanigans are tempered a little in a surprisingly mature way by the menace of the warI ll need to reread this to really respond to the story but that s my main impression there s a sort of heroic foresight to this not just in its awareness of the viciousness of the Nazi regime but in its willingness to acknowledge that not all Germans were sympathetic to the Nazis while some ordinary citizens bought in fully and were spies from the start though I will note that the casual response to Germany in the beginning when Madge is shocked at the idea of war means that the girls careful behavior in the train compartment doesn t uite jiveAnd I d like to know how hair can go white overnight Isn t hair dead How can it respond to shock like that It feels weird to end on such a ersnickety unimportant note so I want to reiterate how brave this book must have been when it was ublished and that it still feels Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism powerful now is a testament to its honesty and strengt. Iendship with girls from Europe and America Independent intelligent resourceful and bold the girls of Chalet School make each new term and adventur.