The Day Christ Was Born eOnd 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 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set enjoy the time I spend with these old friends and I will be keeping anye on what lse Gone By Are Reprinting Gone By are reprinting my *Will Need To Read It *need to read it very soon So much happens it s hard to take it all in Setting a boarding school in Austria was such a great idea until World War II came along And obviously not ven 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 t just pretend away the War and keep her girls in a cosy little AU It s only when I read the GGBP And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake editions of Chalet School books that I realise just how much the Armadaditions 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 Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America 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 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 couldither 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 The Pocket Wife 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 tnd there The Color of Our Sky even after the Gestapo persecute the Chalet School community and lead to a group of the girls Miss Wilson Jack Maynard and Gottfreid Menschscaping 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 ven 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 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 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 ndure 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 Obsession entirely I don t knownough 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 lost jobs imprisoned Jews an ntire 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 publication 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 pre 1940s publication is astounding. Now in this classic series of books first published in the 1920s join the Chalet School's first pupil Joey Bettany as she forges strong bonds of fr. .
I m not a Chalet School aficionado but was tempted to read this one by a number of favourable comments on a Facebook group was tempted to read this one by a number of favourable comments on a Facebook group 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 nd in this
Chalet book I am glad to have read it but it did not tempt me book I am glad to have read it but it did not tempt me read other Chalet books Another wonderful Chalet School book this really intrigued me specially as I have recently been studying that period of time in History in which the 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 " found it to be a pivotal moment in the book although Guernsey was probably a nice place it could never take the pl Elinor Brent Dyer was an xtraordinarily 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 scape Austria on foot through the Alps It s an xtraordinarily vivid snapshot of a time and a place and one of the few children s books of the All Roads Lead Home 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 firstdition 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 dition 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 ditions at a much affordable price and feature the famous dustjacket as well 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 just 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 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 part you can t much tell when the books are set or I couldn t as a child They are in some arlier 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 in the 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 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 dited versions of the original stories and this The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis episode was one of the most heavilydited 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 ntire chapter had been cut where I felt that there had been a gap After the main characters make a madcap scape 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 xpunged 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 njoyable rereading the book ven 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 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 The Chalet School in Exile.
This is still a school story so "almost veryone survives and Jo gets ngaged and married and has triplets but ven the usual shenanigans " everyone survives and Jo gets ngaged and married and has triplets but ven the usual shenanigans 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 somethat not all Germans were sympathetic to the Nazis while some citizens bought in fully and were spies from the start though I will note THAT THE CASUAL RESPONSE TO GERMANY IN THE BEGINNING the casual response to Germany in the beginning 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 nd on such a persnickety unimportant note so I want to reiterate how brave this book must have been when it was published and that it still feels powerful now is a testament to its honesty and strength 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 xception a brilliant bold blend of history and fiction that s really uite xceptional for its time In a way Elinor M Brent Dyer s plot for this ntire 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 ither have to nd or to continue in a wildly different fashionBrent Dyer chose the latter and Fiesta Moon 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 becomenemies 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 arly 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 ven spectacular To readers today much of it is accepted fact incontrovertible truth In her time history was happening The Taste of Night 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 thentire 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 xtraordinary 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 very 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 The Trust escape from a frenzied mob an arduous 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 willver really grow up it s the War that gives her the impetus to A Scandalous Regency Christmas effect that journey at last It s in this book that Joey weathers great trauma and finds great love as wellIn later years Brent Dyer s books growver 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 The Return emotional weight and truth that is usually uitelusive in this most scapist of genres. Iendship with girls from Europe and America Independent intelligent resourceful and bold the girls of Chalet School make ach new term and adventur.