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Fortunes of War - Volume II : The Levant Trilogy (edició 1982)

de Olivia Manning (Autor)

Sèrie: The Levant trilogy (1-3), Fortunes of War (4-6)

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"It's the spring of 1941 and the German army's eastward march appears unstoppable. In the Egyptian desert, the young officer Simon Boulderstone, twenty years old and wet behind the ears, waits in dreadful anticipation of his first experience of combat. The people of Cairo are waiting, too. In crowded apartments, refugees from Europe wait; in palm-shaded mansions, Anglo-Egyptians wait. At night they are joined in the city's bars and cabarets by soldiers on leave, looking for a last dance before going off to the front lines. Into this mix enter Guy and Harriet Pringle, whose story began in Olivia Manning's magisterial Balkan Trilogy. They have successfully escaped Nazi-occupied Greece but are dogged by uncertainties about their marriage. And, as Simon discovers that the realities of war are both more prosaic and more terrible than he had imagined, Harriet is forced to confront her precarious health and her place beside her husband"--… (més)
Membre:JA_Russell
Títol:Fortunes of War - Volume II : The Levant Trilogy
Autors:Olivia Manning (Autor)
Informació:Penguin Books (1982)
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The Levant trilogy de Olivia Manning

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Set at almost exactly the same time and place as the Alexandria Quartet, by an author who also lived in Egypt at the time, but providing a more realistic, down-to-earth representation of the lives of migrant Brits and local Levant elites in the war years. Also contains some of the best front-lines literature about the second world war I've read. ( )
  Clare_L | Sep 20, 2021 |
This trilogy is the second of two trilogies comprising "The Fortunes of War" by Olivia Manning. As was true of "The Balkan Trilogy ", "The Levant Trilogy" is absolutely outstanding reading. These semi-autobiographical novels pick up where the first trilogy ended. Guy and Harriet Pringle have barely escaped Greece as the Nazis invaded. They find themselves in the Middle East with old and new compatriots, social class gone askew, the ever present threat of the advance of the German armed forces, and marital tension complicating every aspect of their lives. Manning's storytelling is excellent, using crisp prose with vibrant descriptive passages bringing the landscape and antiquities to life on the page. Quirky characters abound as well. I definitely connected with Harriet's quest for selfhood and was rooting for her all along. A quietly fantastic read! ( )
  hemlokgang | Sep 3, 2021 |
Great writing like the first Balkan trilogy. Couldn't put it down.
  ivanfranko | May 23, 2021 |
Realistic portrayal of diplomatic life in wartime Cairo ( )
  Kakania | Dec 21, 2019 |
Second part of Manning's Fortuness of War, and in many ways a step up from the first part, the Balkan trilogy. Her renowned ability to capture place comes to the fore here and Cairo is a character in its own right, much more so than Bucharest or Athens. She also portrays more of the war itself. Her psychological portrait of the Pringles continues and the characters develop well. Guy is driven into even further distance from Harriet by his need to justify his existence as a civilian, whereas Harriet starts to break free from her reliance on Guy and becomes more accepting of others. The minor characters are well drawn. What lets the book down in my view is the ending. Guy's behaviour when Harriet returns to Cairo seems quite bizarre and at odds with his earlier (albeit brief) increased self awareness. And that Harriet lets him away with it is even more bizarre. The ending does seem somewhat rushed - there has been speculation that Manning was planning a further volume, which would make sense. Overall though, an absorbing and well crafted work. 16 October 2018 ( )
  alanca | Oct 24, 2018 |
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"It's the spring of 1941 and the German army's eastward march appears unstoppable. In the Egyptian desert, the young officer Simon Boulderstone, twenty years old and wet behind the ears, waits in dreadful anticipation of his first experience of combat. The people of Cairo are waiting, too. In crowded apartments, refugees from Europe wait; in palm-shaded mansions, Anglo-Egyptians wait. At night they are joined in the city's bars and cabarets by soldiers on leave, looking for a last dance before going off to the front lines. Into this mix enter Guy and Harriet Pringle, whose story began in Olivia Manning's magisterial Balkan Trilogy. They have successfully escaped Nazi-occupied Greece but are dogged by uncertainties about their marriage. And, as Simon discovers that the realities of war are both more prosaic and more terrible than he had imagined, Harriet is forced to confront her precarious health and her place beside her husband"--

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