School For Love Paperback – 1 Aug 1991
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"Here is a woman of unfathomable depths of meanness and cunning -- a triumph of portraiture, compassionate, witty and assured." (Time and Tide)
"Distinctly out of the ordinary, School for Love shows remarkable qualities of force and originality." (Times Literary Supplement)
""Deep, sharp and narrow." That is a phrase which has been applied to some of the finest mathematical analysts: I should like to borrow it to describe Olivia Manning -- This is a remarkable book." (C. P. Snow)
"In common with the best writers, Olivia Manning has, besides wit, a sympathetic heart and a barometer-like sensitivity to the vagaries of human behaviour" (Birmingham Post)
From the most considerable of our women novelists a compelling portrait of a relationship between a young man and a matriarch.See all Product Description
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This book is a small masterpiece. Nothing much happens in itself, just a glimpse of a handful of lonely people whose lives have become divorced from reality because of the war. Against the background of wartime Palestine, we see a portrait of the flotsam and jetsam of lost, aimless lives -the young, orphaned boy, and his coming of age. Mrs Ellis, the young pregnant widow, little more than a child herself. Nikky and his mother Mrs Lazlo, Jewish refugees noone really cares about. Miss Bohun, a lonely spinster. All of these and more are drawn with an intricate hand which reveal a small portrait of life itself. This book is highly recommended.
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Olivia Manning has a terrific ability to portray characters and this book is no exceptionPublished 21 months ago by Christine Hughes
A beautiful novel, full of intricate observations of people who become three dimensional to your inner eye. The book definitely makes me want to read more of Mannings work.Published on 31 Oct. 2012 by hilla neske