[E–pub Download] The Chalet School in Exile
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 part 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 Elinor Brent Dyer was an extraordinarily prolific 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 I ve been collecting them for years and had been searching for this one in particular 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 place 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 acket 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 publishers which re issue the rarer editions at a much affordable price and feature the famous dustjacket as well Absolutely my favourite Will need to read it again very soon So much happens it s hard to take it all in It s only when I read the GGBP editions of Chalet School books that I realise If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India 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 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 paragraphs of discussion on Austria have been cut in half or omitted entirely I don t know enough about internal Austrian politics 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 point of boring readers Also cut a bunch of mentions of concentration camps lostobs 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 c Another wonderful Chalet School book this really intrigued me especially as I have recently been studying that "Period Of Time In History In Which "of time in History in which book was set For me I was really uite saddened when the School leaves the Tiernsee for Guernsey I found it to be a pivotal moment in the book and although Guernsey was probably a nice place it could never take the place of Tyrol Robin surprised me a lot in this book I was still expecting her to be the clingy angelic little girl that EBD has always portrayed her to be however she seems to have matured a lot and this is such a relief I thought she was never going to grow upAll in all I would recommend this book to anyone 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 fact that the second world war is a really good setting is probably ust due to growing up with children s literature in the 1970s and 1980s when it was a fairly major sub genre probably because many of the people 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 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.
Characters · PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Elinor M. Brent-DyerRation 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 languagevery clearly refers to the Chalet School Peace League as yours and not his Words and language how these women fight and survive and the power of these words is potent when the Peace League itself faces discoverySo we ve got all that which to be honest is a book and a half by itself But what we also have is a powerful ourney 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 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 plot 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 profound depth The Chalet School In Exile follows the characters we have come to love as they discover that the world and people 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 particular story at this 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 and prescience The fact that this book must have been written sometime in 1939 it was 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 tolerance peace and love one that doesn t simply demonise the entire German populace as was no doubt the trend at the time and in the many years thereafter instead teasing out the differences between the German people and the Nazis in power She finds a range of ordinary people in her characters all operating in extraordinary times some of them people well known to her main characters are infected with the new 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 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 The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda journey through Switzerland a possible spy in the ranks of students a plane crash any one incident could form the backbone of its own novel It can get a bit peculiar in the telling of it all particularly 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 thatourney at last It s in this book that Joey "Weathers Great Trauma And "great trauma and great love as wellIn later years Brent Dyer s books grow ever insulated from the real world subsisting in a pleasant cocoon of the past and tradition But at this point 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. Iendship with girls from Europe and America Independent intelligent resourceful and bold the girls of Chalet School make each new term and adventur. 940 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 part "YOU CAN T MUCH TELL WHEN "can t much tell when books are set or I couldn t as a child They are in some earlier part of the 20th century than I lived in but I couldn t have paced them any closer to their time if it wasn t for this book in
THE SERIES THE ORIGINAL CHALET SCHOOL WAS SET INseries The original Chalet School was set in Austrian Tyrol and by the late 1930s it was untenable for Brent Dyer to continue setting contemporary books in Austria because of the Nazi invasion And so this story of the school leaving Austria and heading to safer climes was written Unfortunately Brent Dyer picked Guernsey as the new home of the Chalet School and had to move the school on again when the Nazi s invaded the Channel IslandsThe reason I was rereading this book is not The Tomb of Iuchiban just because it was a childhood favourite but because I read an Armada paperback version produced in the 1970s which I later found out were heavily edited versions of the original stories and this episode was one of the most heavily edited There s a full summary of the changes on the Friends of the Chalet School website The book has recently been reprinted in it s original form and I wanted to see what I d missed for myselfI d always felt that the middle of the story was missing something and I m pleased to find an entire chapter had been cut where I felt that there had been a gap After the main characters make a madcap escape from Austria to Switzerland in the paperback we are suddenly plunged into ten months later in Guernsey There is still this ten month gap in the hardback but the expunged chapter covers the short period spent in Switzerland and I agree with the FOCS article that this doesn t half fill some gapsOn the whole it was enjoyable rereading the book even if I did find some of it a bit cringeworthy and not all of the things that offend me as a 21st century adult are things that weren t in my paperbacks Everybody seems so much richer and posher than I saw them to be as a child and it s stated several times in the book that they school has mostly cured Biddy Ryan of her Kerry brogue which winds me up no end Also the way that Jem Russell could buy up a nearly new 150 room luxury hotel on the off chance of relocating the school to it had me in hoots of laughter Especially since he didn t ask his wife who sort of runs the place about it until afterwards The general attitude of men towards women in the book is pretty condescending for the most partI don t think I ll be running off to reread the whole series but I did enjoy the time I spend with these old friends and I will be keeping an eye on what else Girls Gone By are reprinting 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 stay put 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 tust pretend away the War and keep her girls in a cosy little AU 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 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 a provocative 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 published right when we re in the middle of fighting the war against Nazism that deliberately and boldly points out that not all Germans are Nazis That nuanced ideology doesn t end there even after the Gestapo 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 sepa. Now in this classic series of books first published in the 1920s oin the Chalet School's first pupil Joey Bettany as she forges strong bonds of fr.