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Olivia Manning
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The great fortune Paperback – Import, 1994. by Olivia MANNING (Author). Book 1 of 1 in the Balkan Trilogy Series.

The great fortune Paperback – Import, 1994.

The Great Fortune is a novel by English writer Olivia Manning first published in 1960. It forms the opening part of a six-part novel series called Fortunes Of War. The Fortunes Of War series itself is split into two trilogies, The Balkan Trilogy and The Levant Trilogy. The novels tell an unfolding story of how the Second World War impacts on the lives of a group of British expatriates.

The Great Fortune book. Rumanian off The Great Fortune is the first book in Olivia Manning’s autobiographical Balkan trilogy – which I first read many moons ago and have been wanting to re-read for ages

The Great Fortune book. Rumanian off The Great Fortune is the first book in Olivia Manning’s autobiographical Balkan trilogy – which I first read many moons ago and have been wanting to re-read for ages. Naturally I had forgotten a lot of the details of the novel, and so it was like coming to it afresh. What Manning captures perfectly is the ex-pat community clustered together in city beset by rumour and the ever-present threat of invasion.

The Great Fortune is the first in Olivia Manning's Balkan Trilogy. Olivia Manning vividly depicts pre-war Bucharest. The book ends with the realisation that Rumania will also fall and that the Pringles’ survival depends upon their leaving: We’ll get away because we must. It tells the story of Guy and Harriet Pringle's marriage set against the background of Bucharest during the 'Phoney War' period of 1939/40. The great fortune is life.

Fortunes of War. The levant trilogy. First published in Great Britain as The Levant Trilogy in 1982 by Penguin Books, Ltd; published in Great Britain in paperback in 2003 by Phoenix. Introduction by. ANTHONY SATTIN.

This is book one of Manning's highly acclaimed and often dramatised Fortunes of War trilogy, which follows the fortunes of Guy and Harriet Pringle's marriage as they flee from Bucharest to Athens to Alexandria ahead of the Nazis.

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Olivia Manning, OBE, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, spent much of her youth in Ireland and, as she put it, had ‘the usual Anglo-Irish sense of belonging nowhere’. The daughter of a naval officer, she produced her first novel; The Wind Changes, in 1937. She married just before the War and went abroad with her husband, . Smith, a British Council Lecturer in Bucharest.

The Great Fortune is the first book in Olivia Manning’s autobiographical Balkan trilogy – which I first read many moons ago and have been wanting to re-read for ages. It is clear she knew just how it felt to live in such circumstances. Rumanian officials, poverty stricken aristocrats, University teachers and tetchy landladies – are portrayed with realistic.

Set under the gathering storm that is the Second World War in Romania, "The Great Fortune" is the first action-packed, romantic and fascinating book of "The Balkan Trilogy". Guy and Harriet Pringle marry after a six month courtship. Still getting to know each other, they arrive in Bucharest, where Guy is employed in the English Department of the University of Bucharest. Over the following years Guy builds an eclectic network of friends and acquaintances. These charismatic contacts include his work colleague Clarence, his boss Lord Inchcape, the eccentric Prince Yakimov and Sophie, a local Romanian beauty. Harriet appears tough, but is also vulnerable and lonely, nuances that Guy often misses as he plunges wholeheartedly into one project after another. Reader, Emilia Fox is a versatile and charismatic actress who has enjoyed popular stage and screen success both in the UK and in the USA.
  • While most casual followers of the last world war are familiar with what happened in its main theatres, little thought is given to events in the margins.
    Rumania was in the margins, caught between all the heavyweights and largely forgotten as the war raged elsewhere.
    That sense of limbo is captured magnificently by this novel, which recounts the uncertainties faced by a motley range of English people - diplomats to part-time teachers to professional scroungers - who found themselves trapped on the sideline as Hitler raged across neighbouring nations.
    It is a vivid picture of a nation that when all is said and done mirrored the same iniquities that beset all of Europe.
    From memory, it was saved from a severe ravaging for the same reasons as Switzerland, except its usefulness to Germany was not money but oil.
    A wonderful story that records a history most of us wouldn't have otherwise much bothered with.

  • One of the things I like about reading Alan Furst is his picture of what regular life became as it was interrupted by the advance of World War II across Europe and the Balkans. Fortunes of War is an Alan Furst story (minus espionage) written by a woman who was in Rumania from the beginning of the war until the Germans took over and later in Greece until it fell to the Germans. Fascinating! Next on my reading list -- Manning's Levant trilogy. Stories based on her war years in Egypt.

  • This is the beginning of the Balkan trilogy, the protagonist is Harriet Pringle newly wed after knowing her husband two weeks. She leaves England for Roumania where her husband is an English teacher. She learns her husband charms everyone he meets, and she feels neglected. The Nazis are conquering the Balkans and in the third book, sail to Greece. She is similar to Anthony Powell and Lawrence Durrell, but much less known. I strongly recommend this book, and the second trilogy, the Levant trilogy.

  • Boring..

  • It's an ok read. I am not sure I care enough to go onto the other two volumes in this trilogy. Maybe next time at the beach....

  • I do not know much about Olivia Manning, but The Great Fortune - first volume in her "Balkan trilogy" - is both a fine historical document (on the order of Graham Greene) and a profound *domestic* meditation. Harriet and Guy Pringle are just married, you see, and settled in - gosh - Nazi era Rumania. And, oh yes, there is comic relief in the person of the Russo-Irish "Prince Yakimov," a sort of Cosmo Kramer reconfigured as a spongy down-at-the-heel exiled Royal (he's convinced that his own fortunes would turn around if only he could get his prized Hispano-Suiza out of hock). The novel's every page brings some sparkling insight or perfect description: of the transit of seasons, or viccissitudes in *mood*, whether in the Pringles' flat, the English Bar, or on the streets of Bucharest. Much recommended.

  • 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 with her new husband, who constantly seems to care about everyone’s feelings, but ignores his new wife’s plight of being isolated in a new city, where she feels friendless and lonely.

    This is the first in a book which introduces us to the characters and places that populate the trilogy. From ‘poor old Yaki’ who yearns constantly for a life now gone, to Guy’s boss, Professor Inchcape, to Guy’s colleague Clarence Lawson, whose company Harriet accepts when her own husband is too busy, to the scheming Sophie, who attempted to marry Guy for a British passport, to the journalists who cluster round the bars and cafes listening to rumours. For it is the phoney war and rumours abound about the possibility of the Germans invading. The English expats reassure themselves that the weather is too bad, that the Germans have other priorities, that the war will be soon be over. Meanwhile, the British Information Bureau (run by Inchcape) and the German Information Bureau delight in attempting to outdo each other with maps and window displays to create the illusion that they are winning. At this time, though, the Germans are certainly looking much stronger. As Guy throws all his time and energy into organising a play, Harriet is unable to refuse reality. At the end of this volume, Paris falls and England stands alone. The next book in the trilogy is, “The Spoilt City” and I look forward to reading on and finding out what happens to Harriet and Guy.