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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

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So Much Life Left Over

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. 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 Sri Lanka after independence in 1947 His wife Rosie who met him as a nurse tries to be happy as a mother to their daughter managing the household and promoting better conditions for the poor native workers such as sanitation projects and volunteering at a clinic But ever since giving birth to a stillborn child she has retreated inward to her Anglican faith Daniel is thereby doubly adrift Daniel Pitt and Hugh Bassett suffered from the accident of not being at war Even in a land as beautiful and surprising as Ceylon they missed the extremes of experience that had made them feel intensely alive during the Great War in spite of its penumbra of deathThere is a kind of man who having been at war finds peacetime intolerable because he cannot develop the civilian s talent for becoming obsessed with irrelevant details and procedures and above all he hates the feeling that what he is doing is not importantSPOILERISH AHEADDaniel seeks solace in an affair with a Tamil tea worker Samadara which blossoms into mutual love Delightfully told from both sides Even recognizing the affinity with colonial exploitation it s hard not to root for Daniel to harvest some loving from the oven Meanwhile Rosie soldiers on but despite the birth of another child she can t abide Ceylon any She precipitates a crisis for Daniel when she insists on moving back to England ostensibly to care for her dying father and be closer to her three sisters Not only does Daniel suffer at the prospect of leaving Samadara but also he finds himself dreading the loss of connection to the place its wild beauty weather food and people And the prospects of initiating a flying venture with Hugh He also feels fulfilled and useful working with the factory machines as an escape from human concerns Daniel loved the huge and beautiful machinery in the factory and could not resist rolling up his sleeves and helping the Singhalese engineers when it broke down Machinery was so much easier to deal with than people People were slippery and elusive changeable and moody You thought you understood them and then found out you did not You thought they loved you and then they suddenly turned spiritual or indifferentBACK TO NON SPOILERISHSo that is basically the setup at the beginning Soon we step off into venues first England and immersion in Rosie s colorful family and then Germany and a business venture ill timed for their poor economy and early growth of the Nazis These interludes seemed a bit diffusing and less coherent than the first part of setting the stage but it was a great opportunity for de Bernieres to treat us to his usual panoply for colorful minor characters For example the lowly family gardener Oily Wragge provides us a sardonic perspective on the aristocratic pretensions of Rosie s parents the McCoshes and vivid reflections on his WW1 experience in the Middle East and sense of relief over surviving a brutal time as a POW at the hands of the Ottoman Turks One of Rosie s sister is married to a minister who writes novels that feature necromancy communication with the dead and shocks his superior in the church that the Old Testament God actually is the Devil pretending to be God Another sister Christobel is attuned to the avante garde of the Bloomsbury circle lives in lesbian relationship and schemes for some way to raise children of her own As part of a trilogy one can see the obvious arc of World War 1 in the first phase The Dust That Falls from Dreams at hand for me but unread the interwar period with this and then World War 2 for the finale With that framework one can imagine that some of the apparent diversions here serve to interface the eras as well as to sow seeds for characters who will become important in the volume to come Compared to the drama of the author s wonderful Corelli s Madolin and Bird Without Wings this volume has a satisfying lightness and play about the bounty of life left over after our characters experience world events such as war and the waning of good ship Britannia s empire The humor moves the needle toward his earlier satirical trilogy about a wacky ensemble of characters in South America of which I ve only enjoyed The War of Don Emanuel s Nether Parts but it is of the charming type and doesn t go over the top or break into magical realismThis book was provided for review by Penguin Random House through their First to Read program

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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


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 ho

  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 the book very difficult to get into and could not keep track of the characters until half ways throug

  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 Sri Lanka after independence in 1947 His wife Rosie who met him as a nurse tries to be happy as a mother to their daughter managing the household and promoting better conditions for

  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

  5. says:

    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 fr

  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 th

  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 seuel to another book The Dust That Falls From Dreams I don't feel like I missed anything by not having

  8. says:

    So much book left overWhen authors come to the second volume in a trilogy they sometimes manage a subtly interwo

  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 novel So Much Life Left Over is indeed a seuel and I'm ecstatic It follows the form of its predecessor beautifully; a sumptuous cast of characters well researched and compelling historical back ground exotic local

  10. says:

    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 cataclysm