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Means to achieve their desires Around them the world is changing and when Daniel finds himself in Germany he witnesses events taking a dark and forbidding turnBy turns humorous and tragic gripping and touching So Much Life Left Over follows a cast of uniue and captivating characters as they navigate the extraordinary interwar years both in England and abroad. So much book left overWhen authors come to the second volume in a trilogy they sometimes manage a subtly interwoven catch up which is much appreciated by those of us with less than stellar memories Unfortunately this is not the case here But no matter because a desperately sad and really rather gruesome event early on in the book prevented me from going any further Apologies therefore for not being able to provide a substantial review and my thanks to Harvill Secker for the ARC via NetGalley How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal to achieve Me So Pretty! (Pretty Freekin Scary, them The Witchs Coven the world is changing and when Daniel finds himself in Germany he witnesses events The Color of Night turns humorous and What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings tragic gripping and Pulse (Frank Quinn, touching So Much Life Left Over follows a cast of uniue and captivating characters as The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico the extraordinary interwar years both in England and abroad. So much book left overWhen authors come Simply Napkins to The Unconscious Civilization the second volume in a The Complete Tightwad Gazette trilogy The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years they sometimes manage a subtly interwoven catch up which is much appreciated by الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية those of us with less Writing and Selling Magazine Articles than stellar memories Unfortunately The Strange Bird this is not Cleopatras Daughter therefore for not being able Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, to Harvill Secker for

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So Much Life Left Over

Every day However even in the lush plantation hills it is hard for them to escape the ties of home and the yearning for fulfilment that threatens their marriageBack in England Rosie's three sisters are dealing with different challenges in their searches for family purpose and happiness These are precarious times and they find themselves using unconventional. Daniel was a legendary WWI Flying Ace a survivor of the war now facing an immensity of endless days filled with trivialities As a tea manufacturer in Ceylon he has the company of Hugh who was also a pilot in the war and a bright future in an exotic land Daniel s wife Rosie is pregnant with their second child After the war Daniel s brother Archie went to India He is a risk taker and a drunk in love with Rosie who married Daniel after her fiance died in the war Rosie s sister Otillie in England is in love with Archie but he distrusts anyone who could love him He prefers his hopeless and unreuited love for Rosie He writes to OtillieYou could not have have been my salvation because no one ever will be I am one of the damnedreconciled to my fate here in this most godforsaken and lunatic corner of the EmpireDaniel and Archie also lost two brothers in South Africa I used to have three brothers he said fiercely and now I only have one Two brothers lost to the Empire Both killed in South Africa My father is dead Archie is the only brother I have left Rosie s sister Sophie married a clergyman who writes novels they have been unable to have children And then there is sister Christabel a Bloomsbury Bohemian living with Gaskell two women artists who long for a child Gaskell tells Daniel We are looking for a new way to liveThere must be a better way of doing things They later involve Daniel in their new way The war haunts Daniel and Rosie For the moment they are living on the tea plantation like kings in paradise expecting a second child But happiness is elusive and their marriage is imperiled by tragedy Rosie retreats into religion leaving Daniel to find love elsewhere Daniel dearly loves his children especially his eldest Esther But as the marriage falls apart the children become pawnsTheir generation fought to save civilization Louis de Bernieres writes that returning to civilian life some men became drunks while others turned inward some embraced the new world while others returned to their old life repressing the war into distant memory Each character has been scared and altered by the warMr Wragge was content in his modest paradise After the death marches and the months of tunneling in the mountains with a pick this English garden was indeed a dream of EdenOily Wragge was determined to salvage his sanity out of the purgatorial experience of captivitySo Much Life Left Over was a wonderful read with gorgeous writing and interesting conflicted characters Daniel and Rosie and their families were wonderfully drawn There are moments of humor and scenes of great sorrow Even the minor characters like Rosie s mother Mrs McCosh and Oily Wragge are memorableDaniel and Mr Wragge go to Germany to start a motorcycle business with former POWs Daniel had captured and befriended Daniel witnesses firsthand the rising anti Semitism that fuels the rise of Hitler The dynamics are eerily familiar and disturbing Nearly 100 years later and we seem to be repeating historyThe novel continues the story in The Dust that Falls From Dreams which I had not read and which one does not need to have read to enjoy this book So Much Life Left Over has an open ending with Daniel making a momentous decision I felt I knew what he decides but I am sure there is going to be another volume to continue his story In the meantime I do want to read by de Bernieres who also wrote Corelli s Violin I received a free ebook from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review The Ascent of Rum Doodle the lush plantation hills it is hard for A Bachelors Baby them The Carpenters Daughter to escape A Talent for Surrender the Stepbrother Dearest the yearning for fulfilment Mystery in Spiderville that Spring threatens Unknown (Anders Knutas, their marriageBack in England Rosie's A time for being human three sisters are dealing with different challenges in Stanley and the Women their searches for family purpose and happiness These are precarious The Gene times and The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, they find Seasons of Splendour themselves using unconventional. 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A sweeping heartbreaking novel following Daniel in his troubled marriage with Rosie as they navigate the unsettled time between the World WarsRosie and Daniel have moved to Ceylon with their little daughter to start a new life at the dawn of the 1920s attempting to put the trauma of the First World War behind them and to rekindle a marriage that gets colder. Louis de Bernieres writes a beautiful emotionally heart tugging often humorous epic look at the lives that survived the horrors and losses of WW1 focusing on the inter war years and the human costs incurred at the beginning of WW2 In what is a relatively short novel a large cast of characters their lives decisions and behaviour are portrayed as times change Half French Captain Daniel Pitt well known ace fighter pilot had never expected to survive the war and has to resolve the uandry of what do with so much life left over The author presents the lives of the families of Daniel who had lost two brothers and his wife Rosie who lost her love Ash in the war as they marry and those with connections to them through these historically turbulent times whilst pondering over the myriad of roads not taken Daniel and Rosie move to Ceylon under British colonial rule running a tea plantation Initially the couple are happy they have a daughter Esther but things begin to disintegrate when Rosie gives birth to a dead son despite going on to have another son Bertie Using religion as an excuse Rosie withdraws from sexual relations with Daniel and refuses to let him have contact with Bertie A frustrated and unhappy Daniel finds himself in a relationship with native girl Samadara whom he grows to love only to have his life shattered by Rosie insisting they return to Britain Full of rage and anger understanding that women are now expected to keep their children in this age he feels he has no choice but to acuiesce to Rosie s demands Through the years Rosie does all that she can to keep the children from Daniel lying and deceiving to ensure this whilst refusing him a divorce that would allow him to marry another woman She has sufficient self awareness of her abhorrent actions but is unable to change course She has three sisters Ottilia who had wasted her life loving Daniel s self destructive brother Archie a lost and haunted man brimming with self hatred finally reaches the point where she is finally able to move on Sophie marries a clergyman but they are a childless couple The bohemian Cristabel settles into a relationship with Gaskell making remarkably unconventional decisions Daniel finds himself loving women but unable to marry given Rosie s intransigence he moves to Germany to see up close the rise of Nazism with Oily Wragge a man tortured and enslaved by the Ottoman Empire in WW1 The onset of WW2 has the characters doing their part in the war effort and inevitably faced with the tragedies that ensue I loved reading this historical novel I was deeply engaged with the narrative and the characters de Bernieres creates and develops However there are flaws for instance in the poor characterisation of Samadara the young woman Daniel loves in Ceylon and in the working class Edward The author is transparently comfortable with writing about white upper and middle class people and it is their lives that are the ones that undeniably matter in the story Nevertheless I did enjoy reading this historical novel with its humour such as the reading of the will of Mr McCosh and the joy to be found in his batty and bonkers royalty obsessed wife Of course there is much tragedy and loss emotionally affecting particularly in the last part of the book After the cliffhanger ending I look forward to reading the final part of this trilogy Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC


10 thoughts on “So Much Life Left Over

  1. says:

    Louis de Bernieres writes a beautiful emotionally heart tugging often humorous epic look at the lives that survived the horrors and losses of WW1 focusing on the inter war years and the human costs incurred at the beginning of WW2 I

  2. says:

    I may well have enjoyed this book had I realised it was book two of a series with the Novel The Dust That Falls from Dreams being the first in the Series by Louis de Bernieres I picked this one up in hard copy and it didn't state that it was part of a series on the jacket or in the premise which seemed a shame I found th

  3. says:

    A warm hearted saga of two families recovering from World War 1 and catching up with the modernism of the age Daniel is a half Brit half French man who was an aviator in the war and now runs a tea plantation and factory in Ceylon Sr

  4. says:

    Daniel was a legendary WWI Flying Ace a survivor of the war now facing an immensity of endless days filled with trivialities As a tea manufacturer in Ceylon he has the company of Hugh who was also a pilot in the war and a bright future in an exotic land Daniel's wife Rosie is pregnant with their second child After the war Daniel's

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    If you have been embroiled in a war in which you confidently expected to die what were you supposed to do with so much life unexpectedly left over?That's the uestion Louis de Bernières seeks to answer in SO MUCH LIFE LEFT OVER his second novel about the McCosh and Pitt families and their extended circle of friends neighbors servants comrades and others The preceding novel THE DUST THAT FALLS FROM DREAMS followed his large and varied cas

  6. says:

    This story sneaked up on me and its full impact didn't hit me until the final chapters Throughout the reading of than two

  7. says:

    This is a book with a complex storyline and many different characters Upon reading it I didn't realise it's actually a seu

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    So much book left overWhen authors come to the second volume in a trilogy they sometimes manage a subtly interwoven catch up which is

  9. says:

    After I finished reading The Dust That Falls from Dreams I expressed my hope that Louis de Bernieres would follow it with a seuel as I wasn't ready to let those marvelous characters go Well de Bernieres' latest nov

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    Prepare for infatuation and heartbreak In SO MUCH LIFE LEFT OVER the reader holds in her hands an entire world where she will become intimates of the men and women on the pages These characters are both traumatized and cause trauma They make awful decisions from the small and foolish to the epically cataclysmi

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