The Levant Trilogy (Anglais) Broché – 1 août 2003
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The classic World War II trilogy: 'The finest fictional record of the war produced by a British writer' Anthony Burgess
As Rommel advances in wartorn Egypt, the lives of the civilian population come under threat. One such couple are Guy and Harriet Pringle, who have escaped the war in Europe only to find the conflict once more on their doorstep, providing a volatile backdrop to their own personal battles.
The civilian world meets the military through the figure of Simon Boulderstone, a young army officer who will witness the tragedy and tension of war on the frontier at first hand.
An outstanding author of wartime fiction, Olivia Manning brilliantly evokes here the world of the Levant - Egypt, Jerusalem and Syria - with perception and subtlety, humour and humanity.
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The Levant Trilogy moves the action to Greece and the Middle East and completes the story of the principal characters struggle in an uneven marriage. The last three books are less than the Balkan Trilogy but buy both trilogies together as the six novels are un-put-down-able.
PS The story has been made into a very creditable miniseries "Fortunes of War" but read the books first as the detail is exceptional.
Superbly researched and written, it illuminates World War II's impact on Eqypt and the Middle East as experienced by an odd cast of English bit players, most of them intent on staying well clear of danger.
One main character, though, is a young soldier whose exploits are woven into the story and into the lives of the others.
The random nature of wartime death is overbearing as the other main character, outwardly frail but inwardly tough Harriet Pringle is forced to confront the challenges of marriage while caught up in extraordinary events set just out of reach of the flash and roar of the guns.
The beauty and degradation of desert-shaped civilisations longing to be free of British colonial power is described in exquisite detail by the author, whose every page is a lesson in ancient history and its ruined relics.
Manning has a soldier character and chapters focused on his time in the desert, mostly behind the lines. While Manning does a creditable job in these chapters, the reader could actually skip them without loss of narrative flow. In writing of the soldier's loss of infatuation with a woman, Manning says: "he saw the glow had faded. .....it was as though a film of dust had settled on the image."