So Much Life Left Over

So Much Life Left Over

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"From the acclaimed author of Corelli's Mandolin: a powerfully evocative and emotional novel, set in the years between the two World Wars, about a closely-knit group of British men and women struggling to cope with the world--and the selves--left to them in the wake of World War I. They were inseparable childhood friends. Some were lost to the war. The others' lives were unimaginably upended, and now, postwar, they've scattered: to Ceylon and India, France and Germany (and, inevitably, back to Britain)--each of them trying to answer the question that fuels this sweeping novel: "If you have been embroiled in a war... what were you supposed to do with so much life unexpectedly left over?" As the narrative unfolds in brief, dramatic chapters we follow the old friends as their paths re-cross or their ties fray, as they test loyalties and love, face survivor's grief and guilt, adjust in profound and quotidian ways to this newest modern world. And at their center: Daniel (an RAF flying ace) and Rosie (a war-time nurse), their marriage slowly revealed to be built on lies, Daniel finding solace--and, sometimes, family--with other women, Rosie drawing her religion around herself like a carapace. Here too are Rosie's sisters--a "bohemian," a minister's wife, and a spinster; Daniel's despairing brother; Rosie's "increasingly peculiar" mother and her genial, secretive father. And as peace once more gives way to war, we see it begin to reshape, yet again, the lives of these beautifully drawn women and men"-- Provided by publisher.
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
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2018]
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781524747886
1524747882
Branch Call Number: F DEB
Characteristics: 277 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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EmilyEm
Sep 26, 2018

We return to the lives of ‘The Pals’ in this second of the author’s trilogy. These are the British interwar years, for many a time of existential angst.

Written with the same short chapters as the first and told with different points of view, we experience moments of humor and pathos as these young friends marry and have families, find careers and keep looking for love. Love them all.

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