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So Much Life Left Over A sweeping, heartbreaking novel following Daniel in his troubled marriage with Rosie as they navigate the unsettled time between the World WarsRosie and Daniel have moved to Ceylon with their little daughter to start a new life at the dawn of the s, attempting to put the trauma of the First World War behind them, and to rekindle a marriage that gets colder every day However, even in the lush plantation hills it is hard for them to escape the ties of home and the yearning for fulfilment that threatens their marriageBack in England, Rosie s three sisters are dealing with different challenges in their searches for family, purpose and happiness These are precarious times, and they find themselves using unconventional means to achieve their desires Around them the world is changing, and when Daniel finds himself in Germany he witnesses events taking a dark and forbidding turnBy turns humorous and tragic, gripping and touching, So Much Life Left Over follows a cast of unique and captivating characters as they navigate the extraordinary interwar years both in England and abroad Prepare for infatuation and heartbreak In SO MUCH LIFE LEFT OVER, the reader holds in her hands an entire world where she will become intimates of the men and women on the pages These characters are both traumatized and cause trauma They make awful decisions from the small and foolish to the epically cataclysmic and yet they are profoundly endearing because of their enormous capacities for love De Bernieres titles each chapter, making little stories of them Narrators and points of view ch Prepare for infatuation and heartbreak In SO MUCH LIFE LEFT OVER, the reader holds in her hands an entire world where she will become intimates of the men and women on the pages These characters are both traumatized and cause trauma They make awful decisions from the small and foolish to the epically cataclysmic and yet they are profoundly endearing because of their enormous capacities for love De Bernieres titles each chapter, making little stories of them Narrators and points of view change, style and structure shift, settings and times switch, threads left open are later picked up, hearts are broken, mended, and broken again, and yet the reader is never left confused or unmoored because of the assured storytelling I was left a sobbing mess by SO MUCH LIFE LEFT OVER If you love stories that consume you and leave you a little broken, I highly recommend it This novel will win awards Louis de Bernieres writes a beautiful, emotionally heart tugging, often humorous, epic look at the lives that survived the horrors and losses of WW1, focusing on the inter war years and the human costs incurred at the beginning of WW2 In what is a relatively short novel, a large cast of characters, their lives, decisions and behaviour are portrayed as times change Half French Captain Daniel Pitt, well known ace fighter pilot, had never expected to survive the war, and has to resolve the quandr Louis de Bernieres writes a beautiful, emotionally heart tugging, often humorous, epic look at the lives that survived the horrors and losses of WW1, focusing on the inter war years and the human costs incurred at the beginning of WW2 In what is a relatively short novel, a large cast of characters, their lives, decisions and behaviour are portrayed as times change Half French Captain Daniel Pitt, well known ace fighter pilot, had never expected to survive the war, and has to resolve the quandry of what do with so much life left over The author presents the lives of the families of Daniel, who had lost two brothers, and his wife, Rosie, who lost her love, Ash, in the war, as they marry, and those with connections to them through these historically turbulent times, whilst pondering over the myriad of roads not taken Daniel and Rosie move to Ceylon, under British colonial rule, running a tea plantation Initially the couple are happy, they have a daughter, Esther, but things begin to disintegrate when Rosie gives birth to a dead son, despite going on to have another son, Bertie Using religion as an excuse, Rosie withdraws from sexual relations with Daniel and refuses to let him have contact with Bertie A frustrated and unhappy Daniel finds himself in a relationship with native girl, Samadara whom he grows to love, only to have his life shattered by Rosie insisting they return to Britain Full of rage and anger, understanding that women are now expected to keep their children in this age, he feels he has no choice but to acquiesce to Rosie s demands Through the years, Rosie does all that she can to keep the children from Daniel, lying and deceiving to ensure this whilst refusing him a divorce that would allow him to marry another woman She has sufficient self awareness of her abhorrent actions, but is unable to change course She has three sisters, Ottilia, who had wasted her life loving Daniel s self destructive brother, Archie, a lost and haunted man brimming with self hatred, finally reaches the point where she is finally able to move on Sophie marries a clergyman but they are a childless couple The bohemian Cristabel settles into a relationship with Gaskell, making remarkably unconventional decisions Daniel finds himself loving women but unable to marry given Rosie s intransigence, he moves to Germany to see up close the rise of Nazism with Oily Wragge, a man tortured and enslaved by the Ottoman Empire in WW1 The onset of WW2 has the characters doing their part in the war effort and inevitably faced with the tragedies that ensue I loved reading this historical novel, I was deeply engaged with the narrative and the characters de Bernieres creates and develops However, there are flaws, for instance in the poor characterisation of Samadara, the young woman Daniel loves in Ceylon, and in the working class Edward The author is transparentlycomfortable with writing about white, upper and middle class people and it is their lives that are the ones that undeniably matter in the story Nevertheless, I did enjoy reading this historical novel with its humour, such as the reading of the will of Mr McCosh, and the joy to be found in his batty and bonkers royalty obsessed wife Of course, there is much tragedy and loss, emotionally affecting, particularly in the last part of the book After the cliffhanger ending, I look forward to reading the final part of this trilogy Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC I may well have enjoyed this bookhad I realised it was book two of a series with the Novel The Dust That Falls from Dreams being the first in the Series by Louis de Bernieres I picked this one up in hard copy and it didn t state that it was part of a series on the jacket or in the premise which seemed a shame I found the book very difficult to get into and could not keep track of the characters until half ways through the novel I was confused by who was who and I didn t find the charac I may well have enjoyed this bookhad I realised it was book two of a series with the Novel The Dust That Falls from Dreams being the first in the Series by Louis de Bernieres I picked this one up in hard copy and it didn t state that it was part of a series on the jacket or in the premise which seemed a shame I found the book very difficult to get into and could not keep track of the characters until half ways through the novel I was confused by who was who and I didn t find the characters vivid or realistic but this may be down to the fact that I hadn t read the first book in the series and therefore missed crucial insights in to the characters personalities It was only on completion of the novel that I realised it was part of a series and therefore may be the reason I had difficulty connecting with this story The book did slightly redeem itself in the second half although the plot remained quite far fetched and improbable I had a sense of relief on completing the novel and don t think I will miss the characters very much A warm hearted saga of two families recovering from World War 1 and catching up with the modernism of the age Daniel is a half Brit, half French man who was an aviator in the war and now runs a tea plantation and factory in Ceylon Sri Lanka after independence in 1947 His wife Rosie, who met him as a nurse, tries to be happy as a mother to their daughter, managing the household, and promoting better conditions for the poor native workers, such as sanitation projects and volunteering at a clin A warm hearted saga of two families recovering from World War 1 and catching up with the modernism of the age Daniel is a half Brit, half French man who was an aviator in the war and now runs a tea plantation and factory in Ceylon Sri Lanka after independence in 1947 His wife Rosie, who met him as a nurse, tries to be happy as a mother to their daughter, managing the household, and promoting better conditions for the poor native workers, such as sanitation projects and volunteering at a clinic But ever since giving birth to a stillborn child, she has retreated inward to her Anglican faith Daniel is thereby doubly adrift Daniel Pitt and Hugh Bassett suffered from the accident of not being at war Even in a land as beautiful and surprising as Ceylon, they missed the extremes of experience that had made them feel intensely alive during the Great War, in spite of its penumbra of death There is a kind of man who, having been at war, finds peacetime intolerable, because he cannot develop the civilian s talent for becoming obsessed with irrelevant details and procedures and, above all, he hates the feeling that what he is doing is not important.SPOILERISH AHEADDaniel seeks solace in an affair with a Tamil tea worker, Samadara, which blossoms into mutual love Delightfully told from both sides Even recognizing the affinity with colonial exploitation, it s hard not to root for Daniel to harvest some loving from the oven Meanwhile, Rosie soldiers on, but despite the birth of another child, she can t abide Ceylon any She precipitates a crisis for Daniel when she insists on moving back to England, ostensibly to care for her dying father and be closer to her three sisters Not only does Daniel suffer at the prospect of leaving Samadara, but also he finds himself dreading the loss of connection to the place, its wild beauty, weather, food, and people And the prospects of initiating a flying venture with Hugh He also feels fulfilled and useful working with the factory machines as an escape from human concerns Daniel loved the huge and beautiful machinery in the factory, and could not resist rolling up his sleeves and helping the Singhalese engineers when it broke down Machinery was so much easier to deal with than people People were slippery and elusive, changeable and moody You thought you understood them and then found out you did not You thought they loved you, and then they suddenly turned spiritual or indifferent.BACK TO NON SPOILERISHSo that is basically the setup at the beginning Soon we step off intovenues, first England and immersion in Rosie s colorful family and then Germany and a business venture ill timed for their poor economy and early growth of the Nazis These interludes seemed a bit diffusing and less coherent than the first part of setting the stage, but it was a great opportunity for de Bernieres to treat us to his usual panoply for colorful minor characters For example, the lowly family gardener, Oily Wragge, provides us a sardonic perspective on the aristocratic pretensions of Rosie s parents, the McCoshes and vivid reflections on his WW1 experience in the Middle East and sense of relief over surviving a brutal time as a POW at the hands of the Ottoman Turks One of Rosie s sister is married to a minister who writes novels that feature necromancy communication with the dead and shocks his superior in the church that the Old Testament God actually is the Devil, pretending to be God Another sister, Christobel, is attuned to the avante garde of the Bloomsbury circle, lives in lesbian relationship, and schemes for some way to raise children of her own As part of a trilogy, one can see the obvious arc of World War 1 in the first phase The Dust That Falls from Dreams , at hand for me but unread , the interwar period with this, and then World War 2 for the finale With that framework, one can imagine that some of the apparent diversions here serve to interface the eras as well as to sow seeds for characters who will becomeimportant in the volume to come Compared to the drama of the author s wonderful Corelli s Madolin and Bird Without Wings , this volume has a satisfying lightness and play about the bounty of life left over after our characters experience world events such as war and the waning of good ship Britannia s empire The humor moves the needletoward his earlier satirical trilogy about a wacky ensemble of characters in South America of which I ve only enjoyed The War of Don Emanuel s Nether Parts , but it isof the charming type and doesn t go over the top or break into magical realism.This book was provided for review by Penguin Random House through their First to Read program

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