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So much life left over : a novel, Louis de Bernières

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So much life left over : a novel
Title
So much life left over
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a novel
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Louis de Bernières
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eng
Summary
They were inseparable childhood friends. Some were lost to the war; now, postwar, they've scattered: to Ceylon and India, France and Germany, back to Britain. What are they supposed to do with so much life unexpectedly left over? Their paths re-cross or their ties fray, as they test loyalties and love, face survivor's grief and guilt, adjusting to this modern world. At their center: RAF flying ace Daniel, and war-time nurse Rosie, their marriage slowly revealed to be built on lies. As peace once more gives way to war, it reshapes once more Daniel and Rosie, their families, and their friends. -- adapted from publisher info
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  • De Bernières’ (Notwithstanding, 2016) latest sweeps across continents as it provides intimate glimpses into the lives of WWI survivors who never expected to have, as the title states provocatively, “so much life left over.” Searching for meaning and direction after massive destruction and loss, some irrevocably drift, while others grasp for purpose. In Ceylon, war-hero Daniel and his wife, Rosie, halfheartedly attempt to prop up their doomed marriage. While Rosie concentrates on religion and the children, Daniel embarks upon a series of affairs to fill the void left by his emotionally absent wife. As the scene shifts back to London, Rosie’s three sisters are forging a series of unusual paths as they brave seriously altered futures. Interweaving their individual stories, de Bernières creates a vivid tapestry of the challenges and frustrations faced by the Lost Generation. -- Margaret Flanagan (Reviewed 7/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 21, p29)
  • /* Starred Review */ England between the two world wars is revisited in this witty and heartfelt novel. Daniel Pitt, a former RFC pilot, is married to Rosie McCosh and runs a tea factory in Ceylon. His brother, Archie, a solider on the North-West Frontier (what is present-day Pakistan), is secretly in love with Rosie—just as Rosie’s spinster sister, Ottilie, back at home in England, is secretly in love with Archie. Readers also meet Rosie’s other sister, Christabel, a bohemian who has a special relationship with Gaskell, a barnstorming artist; Oily Wragge, the gardener on the McCosh family estate, who suffers from nightmares about his war experiences; and various and sundry mistresses of unhappily married Daniel, who bear him several illegitimate children over the years. Through a variety of points of view, de Bernières (Corelli’s Mandolin) creates an impressionistic depiction of Britain recovering from one world war and slipping inexorably into another as motion pictures begin to talk, land and air records are set, and Daniel and his friends and family heroically try to adjust to changing times. The novel is light on plot, but the characters are such excellent company that it makes for an irresistible reading experience, especially for fans of Downton Abbey. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed 06/25/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 26, p)
  • Best known for the award-winning Corelli's Mandolin but the author of multiple good books (my favorite: Birds Without Wings), Granta Best of Young British Novelists de Bernières limns childhood friends shattered and scattered by World War I. But their paths keep crisscrossing, with the center held by RAF flying ace Daniel and his wife, Rosie, a wartime nurse, whose marriage is foundering. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 04/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 6, p44)
  • The destinies of the four McCosh sisters and their childhood friends in the aftermath of World War I form the foundation of a multiperspective saga embracing fidelity and fertility, empire, belief, and parental love. This new hymn to a bygone British era of heroism, engineering skills, and middle-class quirks by de Bernières (Notwithstanding, 2016, etc.) opens in colonial Ceylon (renamed Sri Lanka) in 1925, where handsome war hero and flying ace Daniel Pitt has settled with his wife, Rosie, now pregnant with their second child. But this happy marriage is doomed, leaving Daniel eternally questing for love and access to his children. Back in London, Rosie's sisters, the McCoshes, are forming their futures, too. Ottilie decides to set aside an unrequited passion; Sophie marries her chaplain and opens a school; and Christabel strikes up "an unconventional friendship with a green-eyed artist who comported herself like a man." These figures are but the core characters in a sprawling cast which also includes two of Daniel's mistresses (one Ceylonese who bears him a son and one Irish), neither of whom he can marry since Rosie will never divorce him. And there's more. The McCosh family gardener, Oily Wragge (yes), offers a working-class perspective as both soldier and engineer, and Daniel ends up fathering additional illegitimate children, although that's nothing compared to the laundry list of mistresses and offspring revealed in Mr. McCosh's will. Class, punitive marriages (and wives), war—the themes are many and sometimes debatable in this economical yet ambitious narrative that stretches from the scarred setting of the interwar phase to a resumption of conflict and loss in World War II. De Bernières unsettlingly alternates a light comic tone with more serious material and also often slips into clichéd, sentimental characterization. As a result, only the last of the story's heartaches penetrates deeply. A readable if off-balance slice of history in which breadth comes at the expense of depth. (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2018)
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10685152
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De Bernières, Louis
Dewey number
823/.914
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illustrations
Index
no index present
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fiction
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  • War and society
  • Friendship
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / War & Military
Target audience
adult
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So much life left over : a novel, Louis de Bernières
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
1967686
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9781524747886
Lccn
2018010018
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9781524747886
  • (OCoLC)1023055298
Label
So much life left over : a novel, Louis de Bernières
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1967686
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9781524747886
Lccn
2018010018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781524747886
  • (OCoLC)1023055298

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