This sequel to Manning’s Balkan Trilogy follows British nationals Guy and Harriet Pringle as they flee east from the German army’s advance and settle in Egypt. Once again Manning introduces the reader to an unforgettable cast of characters—swindlers, actors, soldiers, and diplomats—and brings to life WWII as it was lived in a grippingly specific place and time.
Olivia Manning’s great subject is the lives of ordinary people caught up in history. In both School for Love and The Balkan Trilogy, she offers a rich and psychologically nuanced story of life on the precipice.
A multi-stranded and engrossing novel of civilian life during World War II. “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
A sadly sweet, yet peculiarly uplifting story about displaced people attempting to repair their broken lives at the end of the Second World War. At the center of the book is Felix, an orphan, who arrives at the Jerusalem home of his horrible holy-rolling aunt and is forced to grow up fast.