- Paperback: 1040 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (19 Nov. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099427486
- ISBN-13: 978-0099427483
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Balkan Trilogy: "Great Fortune", "Spoilt City" and "Friends and Heroes" Paperback – 19 Nov 1992
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"So glittering is the overall parade- and so entertaining the surface that the trilogy remains excitingly vivid; it amuses, it diverts and it informs, and to do these things so elegantly is no small achievement" (Sunday Times)
"One of the finest fictional productions that Britain has seen since the war" (Anthony Burgess)
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This is the first in a book which introduces us to the characters and places that populate the trilogy. From ‘poor old Yaki’ who yearns constantly for a life now gone, to Guy’s boss, Professor Inchcape, to Guy’s colleague Clarence Lawson, whose company Harriet accepts when her own husband is too busy, to the scheming Sophie, who attempted to marry Guy for a British passport, to the journalists who cluster round the bars and cafes listening to rumours. For it is the phoney war and rumours abound about the possibility of the Germans invading.Read more ›
Hugely enjoyable. Fluent style, great characterisation, vivid descriptions of cities and countryside and a wonderful account of the downward spiral they find themselves in.
I do enjoy books sent in this time and with these characters - over-educated enthusiastic British communists, failed academics and artists, people with aristocratic pretensions, and above all British uselessness when confronted by the rigour and might of the 3rd Reich.
If like me you like Anthony Powell, Evelyn Waugh, Julian MacLaren-Ross, George Orwell (all different writers, I know) this is right up your street.
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The Balkan Trilogy (and the following Levant Trilogy) are the greatest series of novels I've yet read on how life is at the fringes, and deeper in, of war. Read morePublished 8 months ago by RachelWalker
It is a very much a classic and indeed very atmospheric. It is a 'good read' and a book which brings to life the early war years for the English in the Balkans. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2015 by Melvyn Butcher