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Olivia Manning

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jun 20, 2013, 4:47am

I just finished the Balkan Trilogy and in the first few pages of the succeeding Levant Trilogy, she does something lovely: a Brit soldier in Cairo finds that the Brit soldiers all look alike to him...

jun 20, 2013, 7:53am

Dear RickHarsch, may I rave a little about The balkan trilogy by Olivia Manning and its successor
The Levant trilogy

I 'read' WWII history, and when I find fiction on that topic, which is to mind great, I am chuffed.

And when I remember my 'Late Mum - 23 years ago now', saying she liked this story and loved and disliked a character at at the same time, I might be onto something great. She didn't read much, but when I gave it to her, she finished it very quickly.

I recon. the 2 trilogies are great. I read them a long time ago and you have inspired me to re-read at least the "Balkan Trilogy".

Sorry if I'm not making too much sense, but you have triggered a memory meme :-)

Thanks, RickHarsch.


jun 20, 2013, 11:18am

The thanks have to be traced back through various skeins, I think TC Murr being the final 'vote' before I obtained the books.

After a few pages of the Levant, I have the impression that her writing is better there (not that it wasn't fine in the first--she really was great at lodging a character in the mind).

Anyway, based on the title BT and the number of times I saw it, the reason I hadn't yet got to it was only the rather banal descriptions I found, so that I couldn't finally decide yes, I will try it. I'm glad I did. Beyond other factors, that it is all delivered through the lens of a woman was refreshing.

jun 20, 2013, 6:24pm

There's a succeeding Levant trilogy????? Good news.

jun 20, 2013, 7:20pm

Cairo, Jerusalem, Somewhere in Syria

jun 22, 2013, 10:38am

Loved The Balkan Trilogy; I enjoyed The Levant Trilogy but not as much as the Balkan.

jun 22, 2013, 5:37pm

Hey R in NYC, I am already fashioning a view of the Levant that makes it better than the Balkan, don't ruin it...

jun 23, 2013, 8:24am

Many people like it better, Rick,so it may just be me, but don't read my review if you want me to not "ruin" it!

Redigeret: jun 23, 2013, 9:51am

Dear rebeccanyc,

I did indeed read Your review of the Levant Trilogy" but didn't notice 'much' of a preferance for one T over the other.

Please explain? (Sorry, that phrase in Australia does have a few rotten connotations re. politics, not intended here at all! This note was only for any Aussies reading this post)

jun 23, 2013, 10:44am

Guido, I don't want to go into detail because I don't want to spoil Rick's reading of it. When he finishes, I'll be happy to say more!