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The Levant Trilogy: "Danger Tree", "Battle Lost and Won" and "Sum of Things" [Kindle Edition]

Olivia Manning
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As Rommel advances in wartorn Egypt, the lives of the civilian population come under threat. One such couple are Guy and Harriet Pringle, who have escaped the war in Europe only to find the conflict once more on their doorstep, providing a volatile backdrop to their own personal battles.

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.

An outstanding author of wartime fiction, Olivia Manning brilliantly evokes here the world of the Levant - Egypt, Jerusalem and Syria - with perception and subtlety, humour and humanity.

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The classic World War II trilogy: 'The finest fictional record of the war produced by a British writer' Anthony Burgess

About the Author

Olivia Manning was the author of more than twelve novels including The Balkan Trilogy, The Doves of Venus, The Playroom and the Remarkable Expedition. She was awarded the CBE in 1976 and died in 1980.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 935 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; New Ed edition (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.Just as good as The Balkan Trilogy 25 Mar. 2005
By Snail
If you loved Olivia Manning`s The Balkan Trilogy,then you will equally love The Levant Trilogy which takes place in Egypt.
Most of the characters from The Balkan are gone,but don`t panic cause Guy and Harriet are still here(wouldn`t be the same without)and we are also introduced to a whole new group of characters who are equally interesting and likeable.
I agree with another reviewer on here.Mrs Mannings descriptions and observations of war are staggering and beautifull and you really feel like you are climbing up the pyramids with Guy and Harriet or driving along the Sphinx.It is funnier than the Balkan Trilogy and is moving without being sentimental.
Recommended to all fans of The Balkan Trilogy.You will be sorry to finish it,i was.
Fantastic stuff
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most irritating protagonist ever ! 17 Feb. 2012
My mother gave me "The Balkan Trilogy" more than thirty years ago: I have read and enjoyed it many times since then. I just puchased the sequel, "The Levant Trilogy" on amazon and since receiving it I have read it non-stop and enthralled. Finally, finally I know what happened to Guy and Harriet Pringle after the Germans invaded firstly Rumania and secondly Greece, and they were forced to flee across the Mediterranian. Although this book can be read by people interested in different aspects of life during World War II and in the Middle East it is basically the story of a marriage. Set in a fascinating and beautifully-crafted story, it leads me to the title of this review: can there be anywhere else in literature a more self-centered and egotistical husband than Guy Pringle ? And his wife Harriet: she has the excuse of being young, but why doesn't she do something to rectify the sad situations in which she finds herself over and over again ? However: read this book. Once started, especially if you have read "The Balkan Trilogy" first, you won't be able to put it down. And some of the twists and turns of the plot will have you gasping. Excellent !
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As great a masterpiece as the Balkan Trilogy 26 Aug. 2001
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One of Olivia Manning's greatest achievements was to produce a second trilogy after the Balkan Trilogy that matches it in every way. She did not, as it were, go off the boil - something readers might have feared after the sheer triumph of the first threesome. Few authors have written better about war and its fallout. Her description of the war in the north African desert is staggeringly good, and if one did not know that she'd spent that time in Cairo, it would be hard not to conclude that she'd been out there herself with the SAS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story 4 Jun. 2012
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Having just read the Balkan Trilogy I couldn't wait to continue with this book. I wasn't disappointed the only regret is that I devoured them too quickly and in fairness must let a little time elapse before I read them again.
Now familiar with some of the characters seeing how things develop was engrossing and the reports of the war rang sadly true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Notes by Charlie 9 Mar. 2013
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Although they were first published in the nineteen seventies these three novels really stand the test of time. They portray the lives of a group of British characters marooned in Egypt during the second world war. Their lives on a personal level are explored in detail against the ever-changing background of the war in the desert. Olivia Manning is a past master at creating believable characters and one of the pleasures of this trilogy is coping with one's own exasperation at the behaviour of Guy Pringle, one of the most irritating yet ultimately decent characters in fiction.

The Middle East locations are exotic, the cast list is enormous, the personalities are totally believable, the events are historically accurate and the story lines are gripping. Everything is so skilfully woven together that you won't want to stop until you get to the end of Book Three.
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Haven't quite finished this yet, but am nearing the end. What has struck me about reading these books and also the Balkan trilogy is how "unpackaged" they are. Reading novels written within the last 20 years or so one very quickly realises that they have often been penned with an eye to the film rights auction should the book prove to be a success. You can sometimes almost discern the author working out who they would like to play their characters in the desriptions. However with these books, there is none of that. They are very slow moving but that enables you to be drawn into them. Nothing much happens for several pages, but that doesn't matter as it is all being played against the backdrop of an extraordinary world war. When something does happen, it is usually sudden and very human in its consequences. I can't say I warm to any of the characters particulary as they are all deeply flawed. But that makes them human and eaiser to relate to. As a depiction of the effect of the war on a disparate group of British ex-pats it is hugely informative but not to the point of dullness. I will miss Harriet, Guy and my favourite character, Dobbie, when I finish the last of the sextet. I know that the books were serialised for TV starring Branagh and Thompson, but I haven't yet watched these. Interesting that one of our finest modern screen writers, Alan Plater, wrote the screen play. I'd love to know how he managed to condense such a rich tapestry of life in the Balkans and the Levant into 7 hours worth of viewing. My Christmas holiday viewing sorted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. More background on an important place
Great read. More background on an important place.
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy R. Bushell
5.0 out of 5 stars levant trilogy
An excellent story , book was in good condition clean second hand. I was very pleaeed .
Published 2 months ago by Wendy Bourn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A superb story
Published 2 months ago by Bizi
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
When you return to a classic you realize what is missing from the contemporary novel. Like luxuriating in a warm bath. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. T. Hartill
2.0 out of 5 stars This was disappointing as I had enjoyed the serial of the Balkan...
This was disappointing as I had enjoyed the serial of the Balkan Trilogy, but found this very dated in stele and approach, much preferred "Moon Tiger" about the desert War.
Published 5 months ago by antmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by James Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fortunes of War - part 2
This trilogy completes the wonderful Fortunes of War.
It was made into a great BBC series and is available on DVD. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gill H
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Successor to her Balkan Trilogy
The travails of the earlier trilogy go up a notch here, both personally and in its depiction of the war. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JohnBishop55
3.0 out of 5 stars The Levant Trilogy - sequel to the Balkan trilogy
As a big fan of the Balkan Trilogy I expected more from this in terms of 3D characters. It would still appeal to those interested how those in reserved occupations outside the UK... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lesley Gubbins
5.0 out of 5 stars the levant trilogy
Bought for my wife who hadn't read it for many years and thoroughly enjoyed it again. I have yet to find time to read it.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Llewellyn Williams
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