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Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy - Rachel Cusk, Olivia Manning
Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy
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The Balkan Trilogy is the story of a marriage and of a war, a vast, teeming, and complex masterpiece in which Olivia Manning brings the uncertainty and adventure of civilian existence under political and military siege to vibrant life. Manning’s focus is not the battlefield but the café and... show more
The Balkan Trilogy is the story of a marriage and of a war, a vast, teeming, and complex masterpiece in which Olivia Manning brings the uncertainty and adventure of civilian existence under political and military siege to vibrant life. Manning’s focus is not the battlefield but the café and kitchen, the bedroom and street, the fabric of the everyday world that has been irrevocably changed by war, yet remains unchanged.At the heart of the trilogy are newlyweds Guy and Harriet Pringle, who arrive in Bucharest—the so-called Paris of the East—in the fall of 1939, just weeks after the German invasion of Poland. Guy, an Englishman teaching at the university, is as wantonly gregarious as his wife is introverted, and Harriet is shocked to discover that she must share her adored husband with a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Other surprises follow: Romania joins the Axis, and before long German soldiers overrun the capital. The Pringles flee south to Greece, part of a group of refugees made up of White Russians, journalists, con artists, and dignitaries. In Athens, however, the couple will face a new challenge of their own, as great in its way as the still-expanding theater of war.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590173312 (1590173317)
ASIN: 1590173317
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 944
Edition language: English
Series: Fortunes of War -3 (#1)
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Moonlight Reader
Moonlight Reader rated it
4.0 Reading progress update: I've read 283 out of 917 pages.
I've finished The Great Fortune, the first of the three books that make up this trilogy. ‘Such a war! An unexploded squib of a war! What folly ever to start it. The great nations think only of power. They do not think of the ones who suffer for such a war.’ War has well-and-truly broken out, an...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0 Fortunes of War
bookshelves: re-read, spring-2011, play-dramatisation, published-1981, wwii, war Read from April 04 to 11, 2011 ** spoiler alert ** A re-read via Stars Joanna Lumley.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/... " Young newlywed Harriet Pringle arrives in Bucharest in 1939, just as Europe is ab...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0
A re-read via Stars Joanna Lumley.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0101gl8/Fortunes_of_War_Episode_1/
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous rated it
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Been dying to read this ever since I flipped through a large portion of this http://amzn.to/cho2B0 for a paper in college. The NYRB table at the Brooklyn Book Festival was, overall, the most tantalizing and hard to resist... I got away with only buying two books there, this included, and I consider ...
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