- Hardcover: 570 pages
- Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; New edition edition (10 Sept. 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0297792539
- ISBN-13: 978-0297792536
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.4 x 4.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Levant Trilogy: "Danger Tree", "Battle Lost and Won" and "Sum of Things" Hardcover – 10 Sep 1987
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One of the "Five Best of World War II Fiction" -- Antony Beevor, "The Wall Street Journal" "Books not nearly as good are touted as definitive portraits of the war; very little on a best-seller list is more readable. Manning's giant six-volume effort is one of those combinations of soap opera and literature that are so rare you'd think it would meet the conditions of two kinds of audiences: those after what the trade calls 'a good read, ' and those who want something more." --Howard Moss, "The New York Review of Books" ""The Balkan Trilogy" A fantastically tart and readable account of life in eastern Europe at the start of the war. The follow-up "Levant Trilogy" is just as good, too." --Sarah Waters "Dramatic, comic and entirely absorbing." --Carmen Callil "I shall be surprised, and, I must admit, dismayed if the whole work is not recognized as a major achievement in the English novel since the war. Certainly it is an astonishing recreation." --Walter Allen, T"he New York Times" ""The Great Fortune, The Spoilt City," and" Friends and Heroes "comprise a remarkable impression of traumatic world events as they impinged on the daily lives of (mostly) British permanent or temporary expatriates, encountered...[Manning] writes with blessed economy, evoking the sights and smells of the Middle East, the spring-green deserts and a mosque at dawn, with beautiful precision rather than purple passages...She has been compared with Graham Greene and Anthony Powell. Anthony Burgess, who thinks the two trilogies may prove to be the 'finest fictional record of the war produced by a British writer, ' finds in her a kinship with Tolstoy." --Charles Champlin, "Los Angeles Times" "Her gallery of personages is huge, her scene painting superb, her pathos controlled, her humour quiet and civilized." --Anthony Burgess "Miss Manning is one of the very best of our novelists. She has a voice of her own." --Pamela Hansford Johnson, "The New York Times" "So glittering is the overall parade...and so entertaining the surface that the trilogy remains excitingly vivid: it amuses, it diverts and it informs'." --Frederick Raphael "Neither eye nor ear nor memory has failed the author. She has reproduced, in the atmosphere of wartime Rumania, exactly that miasma compounded of bravado and fear, extravagance and hunger, pretense and anguish, chicanery and stoicism, which hung over all the little, rumor-ridden capitals before their doom."--V. Peterson, "The New York Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The classic World War II trilogy: 'The finest fictional record of the war produced by a British writer' Anthony Burgess --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
“The Danger Tree,” sees the Pringles now in Egypt; having fled Greece at the end of the “Balkan Trilogy,” As before, the move has not seen them any more settled – there are constant rumours of the planned evacuation of Cairo and the city seems to have become the, “clearing house of Eastern Europe.” Guy, so trusting and naïve, is hurt when Gracey appears to have no use for him in the organisation and finds himself shunted off to Alexandria, where Harriet worries he will be cut off by the approaching Germans. Unwilling to accept he is not wanted by Gracey, and always giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, Guy attempts to bury himself in work.
As always, Harriet is in the unenviable position of seeing Guy always admired, and used, by his many friends; while he gives his attentions to his students, his friends and his acquaintances, but never to her. She feels ill-used, neglected and at a loss of how to help, making excuses for her husband, while the war continues to cause chaos around her.Read more ›
Now familiar with some of the characters seeing how things develop was engrossing and the reports of the war rang sadly true.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic end to a duo of trilogies. The Levant Trilogy is perhaps even better than The Balkan Trilogy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RachelWalker
Excellent the book arrived after a few days. I think there had been a train strike so it took a bit longer than usual to arrive but when it did it was fine. Thanks. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mair Gruffydd Marzin
This trilogy forms the second part of a fictionalised account of the Second World War from the perspective of non-combatants in Eastern Europe and Egypt, based evidently on the... Read morePublished on 23 May 2015 by Richard Byrne
I decided to purchase a pre-loved copy, which I loved immediately from the first page. The story is complex, but I did end up stomping around at certain parts of the story, and I... Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2015 by rueyclem
An excellent story , book was in good condition clean second hand. I was very pleaeed .Published on 21 Dec. 2014 by Wendy Bourn