Living and working in Rumania, Guy and Harriet Pringle are forced to evacuate to Greece before the advance of the German army. This classic work of post-war fiction was made into a magnificent BBC television series starring Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh.
|Publisher:||Random House of Canada, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Olivia Manning, OBE, was born in Portsmouth, England and spent much of her youth in Ireland. She married just before World War II and went to live in Bucharest with her husband. Her experience there formed the basis of the work that makes up The Balkan Trilogy. As the Germans approached Athens, she and her husband evacuated to Egypt and ended up in Jeruslam where her husband worked at the Palestine Broadcasting Station. They returned to London in 1946 and lived there until her death in 1980.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Similar to some other readers, I particularly enjoyed the first book but the story progressively deteriorated through the next two novels. The characters became more repetitive and unpleasant throughout the triology, as well as more sanctimonious. I'm glad I've read it but don't feel inclined to seek out any more of Olivia Manning's writings.
I read this in the 1980s and fell in love with the story and characters. Thoroughly engaging as a young wife tries to make her own life in a foreign land.
I was quickly drawn into this trilogy by the first novel 'The Great Fortune'. Without long descriptive passages Olivia Manning brilliantly and economically conveys both the city of Bucharest in the first few months of the Second World War and its community of ex-pats. I found myself alternately admiring and being annoyed with Guy Pringle, just like his wife Harriet. And who could forget Prince Yakimov! What a creation, and quite Dickensian I felt, part Mr Jingle and part Mr Micawber. Our own historical knowledge of the events in Europe makes one shudder for the fate of the Jewish residents and emigres described making you feel you want to shout at those characters 'quick, get away if you can'. That's how involved I felt. But it was good to end with Guy's production of 'Troilus and Cressida', a necessary 'up' towards the end of this first part of the trilogy.I couldn't wait to start on the second novel.