The Levant Trilogy

The Levant Trilogy

‘Fantastically tart and readable’ Sarah Waters

‘These books are clearly among the very best fiction about the Second World War. They are written with the English poise and understatement that Jane Austen raised to its highest art form’ Chris Patten, The Sunday Times


‘The finest fictional record of the war produced by a British writer’ Anthony Burgess


In the spring of 1941, a young English couple, Guy and Harriet Pringle, arrive in Egypt as Rommel’s forces slowly but surely approach Cairo across the Sahara from the west. Will the city fall? In the streets the people contemplate welcoming a new set of occupiers, while European refugees and well-heeled Anglo-Egyptians prepare to pack their bags. And at night, everyone who is anyone flocks to the city’s famed hotels and seedy cabarets, seeking one last dance before the tanks roll in.

Manning describes the Pringles’ ever complicated marriage and their motley group of friends and foes with a sharp eye. And 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.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items

On Sale: 31st January 2013

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781780225821

Reviews

How many Americans who have read Barbara Pym, Beryl Bainbridge, or Iris Murdoch have ever heard of Olivia Manning? Yet she is one of the most gifted English writers of her generation.... Nobody has written better about World War II-the feel of fighting it and its dislocating effects on ordinary, undistinguished lives.
New York Times
Olivia Manning's greatest achievements are the Balkan and Levant novels. In these she handles her daunting wealth of material with great artistic dexterity and an admirable sense of proportion that at the same time never reduces. Nor does her concern to understand public events impair her analytical comprehension of the private lives of her people.... Olivia Manning wrote as courageously about death and the fear of death-in combat, in accident, through disease, through age-as any novelist in our language this century.
New Statesman
One of the "Five Best of World War II Fiction"
Antony Beevor, The Wall Street Journal
Books not nearly as good are touted as definitive portraits of the war; very little on a best-seller list is more readable. Manning's giant six-volume effort is one of those combinations of soap opera and literature that are so rare you'd think it would meet the conditions of two kinds of audiences: those after what the trade calls 'a good read,' and those who want something more.
The New York Review of Books
The only English woman novelist to have painted a broad, compassionate and witty canvas of men and women at war that invites comparison with Anthony Powell and Evelyn Waugh
New York Times