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As great a masterpiece as the Balkan Trilogy,
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This review is from: The Levant Trilogy: "Danger Tree", "Battle Lost and Won" and "Sum of Things" (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
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.