So Much Life Left Over review: Louis de Bernieres' complicated tale of love
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So Much Life Left Over review: Louis de Bernieres' complicated tale of love

So Much Life Left Over

Louis de Bernières

So Much Life Left Over. By Louis de Bernieres.

So Much Life Left Over. By Louis de Bernieres.

Harvill Secker, $32.99

In this sequel to Louis de Bernieres' 2015 historical novel, The Dust That Falls From Dreams, the war is finally over. Rosie McCosh has married one of her neighbouring "pals" from her idyllic Edwardian childhood, the Anglo-French Daniel Pitt, who has been in love with Rosie from their childhood. Daniel has miraculously survived the First World War while covering himself in glory as a flying ace. They have a small daughter and are managing a tea factory in Ceylon. But all is not well. This sad and complicated tale of love in the uneasy space between the two world wars and the fading days of the British Empire is told with the usual warmth, subtlety, and emotional intelligence that de Bernières brings to his fiction. The dozen or so connected characters struggle with the forces of history, but also with each other and with themselves.