The Dust That Falls From Dreams by Bernieres Louis DeThe Dust That Falls From Dreams by Bernieres Louis De

The Dust That Falls From Dreams

byBernieres Louis De

Hardcover | September 30, 2017

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A sweeping, immersive epic story of love and war set in England in the first half of the twentieth century.
     In the brief golden years of King Edward VII's reign, Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up in an idyllic, eccentric household in the countryside, with their "pals" the Pitts boys on one side of the fence and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of childhood innocence and adventure are destined to be followed by the apocalypse of the First World War that will overwhelm them as they come to adulthood. For Rosie, the path ahead will be full of challenges. Torn between her love for two young men--one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace--she has to navigate her way through extraordinary times. Can she and her sisters build new lives out of both the egalitarian opportunities and devastations that follow the war? This magnificent novel follows an unforgettable cast of characters as they strike out for what happiness can be salvaged from the ruins of the old world.
LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter, a collection of stories, Notwithstanding, and a collection of poetry, Imagining Alexandria.
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Title:The Dust That Falls From DreamsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:528 pages, 9.55 × 6.46 × 1.62 inShipping dimensions:9.55 × 6.46 × 1.62 inPublished:September 30, 2017Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345810392

ISBN - 13:9780345810397

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“[The Dust That Falls From Dreams] delivers a feast of period detail and twilight melancholy to minister to our insatiable appetite for Edwardian and World War I family drama.” —The Washington Post “There is honour, love and loyalty among soldiers, especially in a war that breaks down class barriers. The book reminds me of Birdsong, Sebastian Faulk’s powerful novel about British soldiers digging and dying in the trenches of World War I France. These are the hopeful stories about war, and they should be told.” —Linda Diebel, Toronto Star “British novelist Louis de Bernières returns to his forte of sweeping tales of war and romance in The Dust That Falls From Dreams, a potent story that captures the horrors of ‘the war to end all wars,’ the social changes it wrought and the joy and despair of love.” —Chris Smith, Winnipeg Free Press“A world filled with grief and uncertainty is vividly brought to life in this epic tale of love and war.” —Mark Lawson, The Guardian“[A]s a meditation on the interesting nonsenses of war, de Bernières is as on target as a novelist can be. . . . The Dust That Falls from Dreams is a feast of a novel with an odd taste to it, which is peculiarly de Bernières’. It’s a taste worth acquiring. . . . This book is very much a hit.” —John Sutherland, The Times “We are sadly used to reading about the carnage of the western front, but it is well described here. . . . There is no time to be bored. . . .  Enjoyable. . . . Genuinely thrilling.” —Sue Gaisford, Financial Times “Epically telling a story of love against a background of war, this ninth work of fiction from Louis de Bernières most resembles, in form and effect, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. . . . The best historical novelists research widely but use the findings sparingly and de Bernières selects small but powerful time references both at home . . . and abroad. . . . Efficiently told in a variety of voices. . . . The Dust That Falls from Dreams . . . deserves a large following.” —The Guardian “I was quickly sucked into the story. . . . What it is like to be a fighter ace is thrillingly evoked. . . . It’s the heroic stuff of Boys’ Own adventures. The nasty, smelly, distressing consequences of war . . . are not shied from. . . . The inner life of de Bernières’ lively roll of characters is as vivid as the external realities.” —Louise Jury, The Independent “A must-read. . . . [I]ncredibly beautiful prose. . . . The Dust That Falls from Dreams is a great book, and a possibly life-changing one at that. . . . [A]n unforgettable book.” —The State Journal Register   “[A] moving saga of a family transformed by World War I. . . . De Bernières is an astute observer of the human heart, and his account of an idealistic young woman learning to live in the real world is beautifully observed.” —Mail on Sunday  “Louis De Bernières captivated readers with his epic sweeping love story, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin . . . but now he’s turning his gaze nearer to home with new novel, The Dust that Falls from Dreams. . . . [A] stunning, tear-jerkingly moving tale of love and war, which looks all set to be one of the year’s must-read novels.” —Cambridge News   “De Bernières’s first novel in seven years, The Dust That Falls from Dreams, sees him fully exploiting [his] talent. Another sumptuous and sweeping epic of war and peace, life and love. . . . [I]t easily rivals [Captain Corelli’s Mandolin] in terms of scope, characterisation and emotional clout. . . . Just as impressive is de Bernières’s period detail.” —Malcolm Forbes, The Australian  “A richly rewarding read.” —Daily Express