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The Great Fortune (Balkan Trilogy #1) Guy And Harriet Pringle, Newly Married, Arrive In Bucharest In The Autumn Of 1939 The City They Find Is One Of Contrasts And Rumours, On The Edge With Wavering Loyalties And The Tension Of War, Peopled With An International Cast Of Characters, Including The Inimitable And Eccentric Russian Migr Prince Yakimov.


10 thoughts on “The Great Fortune (Balkan Trilogy #1)

  1. says:

    The area was primitive, bug ridden and brutal It s streets, unlike the fashionable streets, were as crowded in winter as in summer The gas lit windows threw out a greenish glow The stalls dripped with gas flares Harriet pushed her way between men and women who, wrapped to the eyes in woolen scarves, were bulk...


  2. says:

    Odli na trilogija pred i za vreme Drugog svetskog rata ura ena je i sjajna ekranizacija s Kenetom Branom pre mnogo mnogo godina


  3. says:

    Well, I cannot stop after only reading the first book, i.e The Great Fortune, of the The Balkan Trilogy Now I continue with the second The Spoilt City Very good characterizations and an interesting perspective WW2 through the eyes of ex patriots living in Bucharest, Romania, from the fall of 1939 through June 1940 This is the setting of the first book The writing captures the fear, the confusion and the uncertainty of the times I love how Bucharest, its caf s, bars, streets and inhabit Well, I cannot stop after only reading the first book, i.e The Great Fortune, of the The Balkan Trilogy Now I continue with the second The Spoilt City Very good characterizations and an interesting perspective WW2 through the eyes of ex patriots living in Bucharest, Romania, from the fall of 1939 through June 1940 This is the setting of the first book The writing captures the fear, the confusion and the uncertainty of the times I love how Bucharest, its caf s, bars, streets and inhabitants are picturesquely and minutiously drawn Also wonderfully described are each character s emotional respo...


  4. says:

    This is the first in Oliva Manning s Balkan trilogy a semi autobiographical work based loosely around her own experiences as a newlywed in war torn Europe It is 1939 and Harriet Pringle is 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 they travel through a Europe newly at war, one of the other characters on the train is Prince Yakimov, a once wealthy man This is the first in Oliva Manning s Balkan trilogy a semi autobiographical work based loosely around her own experiences as a newlywed in war torn Europe It is 1939 and Harriet Pringle is 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 they travel through a Europe newly at war, one of the other characters on the train is Prince Yakimov, a once wealthy man who is now without influence or protection and who feels he is being unjustly hounded out of one capital city after another Harriet herself has virtually no family her parents divorced when she was young and she was brought up by an aunt In personality she is much less extrovert than Guy, who befriends everyone and expects to be befriended in turn Throughout this novel I shared Harriet s exasperation wit...


  5. says:

    Set in Bucharest on the eve of WW2, the novel revolves around a newly married couple Guy and Harriet Pringle Events are played out through the eyes of a group of ex pats from all walks of life.This is a bit of a slow burner,character based then action plot driven I enjoyed the atmosphere o...


  6. says:

    I had higher expectations from a book that speaks about pre WWII Romania and I was both curious and eager to read it I guess I was rather disappointed I can t like a book that so disdainfully presents my country and its inhabitants, be they men or women, peasants and servers or students and officials The British characters whose perspective we see are no better, yet they pass rude judgments on anyone and anything It s painful enough that our reputation as a country is not one of the best to I had higher expectations from a book that speaks about pre WWII Romania and I was both curious and eager to read it I guess I was rather disappointed I can t like a book that so disdainfully presents my country and its inhabitants, be th...


  7. says:

    A book that is both fascinating and frustrating.I was interested in the semi autobiographical evocation of a British expat community in pre WW2 Romania as the war looms The story is narrated by Harriet who has recently married Guy Pringle, an English teacher She knows little about him or Romania before their marriage, a...


  8. says:

    No plot in this character driven, historical novel This was a surprise and a disappointment and made for a slow read However, Manning is very adept at writing character portraits and describing life in Bucharest society during the beginning of WW11.


  9. says:

    Very meh, white people abroad as world goes to hell Local color abounds Eccentrics buzz about like radicalized moths Should we trust the natives Amen.


  10. says:

    I m giving 3 stars to this first part of the trilogy, but it may change as I read books 2 and 3 and get further into the story This felt like an introduction to the characters, some of them quite unlikeable, as the English community in Ro...


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