So Much Life Left OverLouis de BernièresHarvill Secker, Penguin Random House Only accomplished novelists can merge soap opera with dramatic and panoramic historical chronicle, superimpose the chronic drip of life’s constraints with sudden catastrophe and alternate in style and tone from light to the majestic and eye-welling. Louis de Bernières grew up with stories. “All my life I’ve been a bit of a storyteller. I think I got it from my parents, he says in an interview. His latest book, So Much Life Left Over — the second in a planned trilogy — continues the saga of the extended McCosh family featured in The Dust That Falls From Dreams (2015). The sequel picks up in the 1920s. The protagonist, Daniel Pitt, was a World War l air ace; he is reassembling the less-thrilling remnants of civilian life and has emigrated to Ceylon to manage a tea plantation. Pitt appreciates the exotic environment and the challenge, but his wife, Rosie, is less smitten with life in the colonies. Their marria...

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