The Balkan Trilogy Series of three novels by Olivia Manning first published together posthumously in Consisting of The Great Fortune The Spoilt City and Friends and Heroes the trilogy is a sem

  • Title: The Balkan Trilogy
  • Author: Olivia Manning
  • ISBN: 9780140109962
  • Page: 376
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  • Series of three novels by Olivia Manning, first published together posthumously in 1981 Consisting of The Great Fortune 1960 , The Spoilt City 1962 , and Friends and Heroes 1965 , the trilogy is a semiautobiographical account of a British couple living in the Balkans during World War II The complex narrative, composed of several different voices, is noted for its viviSeries of three novels by Olivia Manning, first published together posthumously in 1981 Consisting of The Great Fortune 1960 , The Spoilt City 1962 , and Friends and Heroes 1965 , the trilogy is a semiautobiographical account of a British couple living in the Balkans during World War II The complex narrative, composed of several different voices, is noted for its vivid historicity In The Great Fortune, newlyweds Guy and Harriet Pringle encounter an increasingly fascist environment in Bucharest, Romania, in 1939 Guy is a gregarious university lecturer whose liberal views contrast with those of his reserved wife Clarence Lawson is a colleague of Guy who worships him and finds Harriet attractive In The Spoilt City, Harriet faces marital problems and befriends Sasha Drucker, a Romanian army deserter, and Prince Yakimov, a Russian emigre Just before the arrival of German troops in Bucharest, Guy sends Harriet to Greece, where they are reunited in Friends and Heroes Guy acquires a teaching post and becomes involved in communist politics By the end of the novel, the Pringles repair their marriage and flee to Cairo, where their story is continued in The Levant Trilogy

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    1. Olivia Manning

      Olivia Manning CBE was a British novelist, poet, writer and reviewer Her fiction and non fiction, frequently detailing journeys and personal odysseys, were principally set in England, Ireland, Europe and the Middle East She often wrote from her personal experience, though her books also demonstrate strengths in imaginative writing Her books are widely admired for her artistic eye and vivid descriptions of place.In August 1939 she married R.D Smith Reggie , a British Council lecturer posted in Bucharest, Romania, and subsequently in Greece, Egypt and Palestine as the Nazis over ran Eastern Europe Her experiences formed the basis for her best known work, the six novels making up The Balkan Trilogy and The Levant Trilogy, known collectively as Fortunes of War As she had feared, real fame only came after her death in 1980, when an adaptation of Fortunes of War was televised in 1987.

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    1. 4.5-starsIn 1939 author Olivia Manning boarded the Orient Express to travel to Bucharest. She had just married Reggie Smith, whom she had known for all of three weeks. Olivia was slim, dark haired and had a beautiful olive complexion. Reggie was a bear of a man, big and tall. He had been on leave, and during this time he met and married Olivia. He was employed by the British Council as a lecturer.In 1939 the heroine of this trilogy, Harriet, slim and dark, newly married to Guy Pringle (big and t [...]

    2. Olivia Manning’s Balkan Trilogy consists of the novels: The Great Fortune, The Spoilt City and Friends and Heroes. The trilogy is a semi-autobiographical work based loosely around her own experiences as a newlywed in war torn Europe. The first book, “The Great Fortune,” begins in 1939, with Harriet Pringle going to Bucharest with her new husband, Guy. Guy Pringle has been working the English department of the University for a year and met, and married, Harriet during his summer holiday. As [...]

    3. Yes, but first a few words about how I'm an idiot:Since you're here reading this you probably understand that it's no problem to wait."Yes, we can do your car service on Friday. Do you want to leave your car or would you like to wait?""Oh, I can wait."I can wait, because I have a book. And, I not only have a book, I have a 924-page book which I have been fairly enjoying and have a mere 100 pages left. So, yes, I can wait. I can grab a coffee, decline biscotti, and find a leather seat as far away [...]

    4. Addictive, compulsively readable, often savagely funny, Olivia Manning’s trilogy turns Rumania and Greece and the advent of World War Two into a stage for a vast array of characters from displaced European royalty, to members of the British ex-pat community, to Rumanian antifascists. They are described with such meticulous photographic detail and I sat through so many meals listening to them pontificating, joking, gossiping, arguing that I was convinced I really had met them before, perhaps at [...]

    5. Manning's Balkan Trilogy is a very interesting look at a side of World War Two that I don't often encounter, that fought in eastern Europe. It mirrors some of her life experiences and is followed by The Levant Trilogy which I definitely plan to read also.As the story begins, Guy and Harriet Pringle are arriving in Romania after a sudden romance and marriage during his leave in England. Now he resumes his lecturing duties in the university and Helen tries to fit in. But the turmoil of Western Eur [...]

    6. The first book in this trilogy, set in Bucharest, is nearly perfect. Manning paints the odd ramshackle world of British citizens who have washed up in this (as they think of it) last vestige of Europe, as World War II tightens it grip on what has to that point between a backwater of delicious food, outdoor cafes, colorful gypsies, pre-modern peasants, degraded nobility and Jews (both wealthy/assimilated and desperately poor/religious). We see this fascinating world through the eyes of Harriet Pr [...]

    7. There is but one word which can describe this work, and it is as British as it gets: superb. I don’t know where to start, but I guess a little background information on Manning is necessary. Olivia Manning was a British writer who married an English teacher posted with the British Council at the University of Bucharest in 1939, a few weeks after Germany invaded Poland. Due to the movement of Germany’s army and the escalation of conflict in Romania, they escaped to Athens, and from there on t [...]

    8. Partly based on Olivia Manning's own experiences during World War II, The Balkan Trilogy is the first part of a set of trilogies (the second being The Levant Trilogy). Harriet Pringle and her husband, Guy, (recently and hurriedly married due to the war) live in Bucharest as King Carol II tries to keep Romania free of the war. The first two volumes of the trilogy follow their lives as British expatriates trying to belong in an foreign land. The third volume follows the Pringles to Greece after th [...]

    9. “Better a ship at sea, or an Irish wife, than a house in Macedonia.”Semi-sprawling novelized memoir of Brits circulating through the occupations and evacuations of the world war in Rumania and Greece. Author Manning deftly takes the reader along for an unpredictable and dangerous ride through the distant outposts of the Balkans, as Europe swarms with turmoil. Atmosphere and character are well crafted here, with portraits of people that could only exist in that time and place. Manning has a w [...]

    10. Olivia Manning opens up a world that is completely outside my experience - the settings are Rumania and Greece during World War II - and yet is excruciatingly (in the cringe-worthy sense) familiar because many of its characters are British ex-pat, post-colonial slackers and pretenders of the worst sort. All the men who scrounge around these not- yet- at- war countries have some lame excuse for not actually joining in the fight against Hitler's armies. They're doing "important work supporting the [...]

    11. "Full of Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing"What I took away from this 1000 page book is:"The Germans are coming! The Germans are coming!""Let's go to a restaurant" "Let's go get a drink""The Germans are coming! The Germans are coming!""We can't leave because we are such good people and can't leave the little Jew boy behind, even though he's ungrateful and super rich, like all Jews""The Germans are coming! The Germans are coming!""We can't leave the Russian/Irish prince behind, from the goodness [...]

    12. This is now the third time I'm reading The Balkan Trilogy, and will then read the Levant Trilogy as well. I absolutely love this work - its myriad of characters, always complex, as we all are. Manning has really captured what it's like, I think, to be human - with love and fear and hope, each doing their best to be whatever it is that any of us need to be, and never quite sure what that is. She takes me to their world; a world that has long fascinated me - before the war and then during - and wi [...]

    13. Loved it! Feeling like I lived through WWII in Rumania and Greece. This book works on three levels--you're seeing world history unfold, you're also getting to know the friends and colleagues of this young, newly married couple, and you're watching how their marriage plays out. It really doesn't get better than this. The book felt to me like it must be highly autobiographical, it felt very real. If Olivia Manning had been a man and this book had been written about a male protagonist, it would hav [...]

    14. "Marry in haste, repent at leisure." I forget the origin of that quote, (was it Shakespeare?), but it's an apt description of the three books that make up "The Balkan Trilogy". I reviewed the first 2 books separately when I read them, so this is more of an overview of the three parts."Friends and Allies" finds Guy and Harriet in Athens, where they fled after the fall of Rumania into Nazi hands. The two were married after a very brief wartime courtship, and at first Harriet adores Guy and finds h [...]

    15. Somewhere near Venice, Guy began talking wit a heavy, elderly man, a refugee from Germany on this way to Trieste. Guy asked questions. The refugee eagerly replied. Neither seemed aware when the train stopped. page 81:"Today Rumania with broken heart announces the tragic loss of her much loved son and Premier A. Calinescu, assassinated by six students who failed to pass their baccalaureate. While attempting to forgive this mad act of disappointed youth, the nation is prostrate with grief."page 83 [...]

    16. Parfait livre de longue haleine pour un voyage rempli de trajets en autobus, de cafés de fin d'après-midi & de bières de début de soirée. J'essaierai d'en parler un peu plus quand je serai de retour à Montréal. Deux-trois semaines plus tard :Ce livre m'a littéralement pété entre les mains en cours de lecture : après deux cents pages, la vieille reliure a abdiqué & les feuilles se sont mises à tomber, le plus souvent en petits paquets compacts, encore enduits de colle sèche. [...]

    17. Oh Harriet.Just have the affair already.Leave your husband.Forget about the damn cat.And spare me from all these unpleasant characters.

    18. Why am I giving only 3 stars to a book I enjoyed so much? Probably because it verges on being a fantastic read but doesn't quite make it. Harriet! I could have throttled her many times. Newly married and initially happy to settle for the few crumbs of attention her self-absorbed husband cares to throw her way, she seems to spend her time with men who are as equally self-absorbed as her husband in their own way. There were no characters with whom I could feel any empathy but the main characters b [...]

    19. I'm really enjoying this trilogy but wow is it long (900+ pages altogether). It's safe to say I knew practically nothing about Romania and Greece during WWII, and now I know quite a bit more! The first 2 books, set in Bucharest, moved a little slowly, which I didn't mind much since the setting was novel to me, and the third book, set in Athens, has a quicker pace. I am nearly done (thanks to a rainy Sunday).The descriptions of places and situations are revealing, and the writing is confident and [...]

    20. I heard so much about this book, i couldn't wait to read it. I got the Kindle trilogy and started. The only thing that kept me going was the fact this is the first book I have ever read that was set in Romania, and which even weaved a few of my parents' language which i speak (badly) into the story. So, there was a very personal angle - as the events take place in Bucharest, and at eve and then in - the Second World War, a time when my parents were there.However, I just couldn't really connect w [...]

    21. I put this book on my 'abandoned' shelf a year ago with the comment that I didn't have the patience but THIS year I am sitting in Venice with lovely time to just get lost in books and had time to thoroughly appreciate the characters and time and the 'drama' of the small British ex-pat group who populate this novel.Add to this my favorite aspect of a very good read - wonderful narrative of place and mood - and I was wrapped up in this for many days of good reads.HIGHLY recommended!! to all my fri [...]

    22. Olivia Manning can really writeher characters are so realistic that I found them extremely easy to dislike. I gather that she lived through the period in which this book is set, and I was fascinated by the detail, which kept me reading, about war torn Europe. But oh what a wet lettuce of a central figure is Guy Pringleh ugh ugh. Many of the characters were beautifully drawn but profoundly irritating and tedious. Perhaps rather too lifelike.

    23. Very interesting trilogy. I wouldn't be surprised if it is banned in Romania, given the pretty much uniformly hostile treatment of Romanians in the story! Nevertheless, interesting storylines that push the novels forward, first-rate painterly writing, and writing that conveys a tremendous sense of what must have been the atmosphere of that time and those places. Bravo, Olivia Manning!

    24. I simply loved this book. A whole range of characters. Feelings and emotions without relying on silly humour. I wasn't alive, but I'm sure it captured the times. A must read. I look forward to The Levant Trilogy now.

    25. This is written much more like a memoir than novels. They are rich in detail of local color but thin on plot. It has good description of the Balkans in about 1940.

    26. This trilogy of novels transported me to a world that became a real part of my life. The characters were charming, obnoxious, and everything in between. It seems odd to say I couldn't put it down, because obviously I had to put down this 900+ page book at times, but it did not leave my mind. I have immediately moved on to the next installments of the Pringle couple, the levant trilogy. With the wars in the world today and the many refugees, this book is very relevant. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Ma [...]

    27. The 1000 page first half of the Fortunes of War sequence. Harriet and Guy Pringle are a young newly-married couple being batted around by WWII. For the first two books they’re in Romania, for the third they’re in Greece. The real appeal of the trilogy is the sense of being offered a vantage point on the historical events unfolding. I found it easy to get swept up in the sense of panic and doom and inevitable disintegration. The Pringles stay put in both Romania and Greece until pretty much t [...]

    28. The progression of a new marriage as seen through the prism of war. We watch Harriet, trapped by the circumstances of war and the strictures of a marriage entered precipitously with someone as emotionally crippled as she, proceed from infatuation and exhilaration to realization, disillusion, and loneliness to end up at a sort of grim resignation. But the progression isn't always linear. There are times when Harriet feels both resentment and pride, longing and love, or bitterness and committment [...]

    29. I enjoyed this trilogy, not least because I learnt so much about the geographical and political tensions of living in small European nations caught up in the territorial ambitions of its neighbouring (or not so near) superpowers. It brought home to me how the island nation of Britain influences our very psyche. I have to say it took me a while to warm the characters and I still think Prince Yakimov needed a slap. The trilogy brought to mind Dance to the Music of time although the tone and writin [...]

    30. Veteran foreign correspondent Richard Beeston has chosen to discuss Olivia Manning's The Balkan Trilogy on FiveBooks on his list of five books on Spies, Lies and Foreign correspondents, saying that:"I think she was one of the very best novelists of the 20th century. These books were her best pieces. What I found fascinating was all the drama of the Second World War in rather peripheral places. But the drama and the feeling of the war was written against a background of a young couple who just go [...]

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