I found this book alternately grueling and tedious, but hugely compelling in spite of that. It's a first-hand description of WWI by a young, sheltered, brilliant woman who goes into nursing and is savagely broken upon the rack of war. After the war, she becomes more fiercely feminist than before, and she takes the reader on a very detailed journey through the times and events which formed her. As a historical document it's first-rate. As a memoir, it's in need of an editor. I didn't particularly like Brittain, she struck me as prissy and snobby and self-centered. But that hardly matters in this context.