The Dust That Falls From Dreams

The Dust That Falls From Dreams

A Novel

Book - 2015
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In the brief golden years of the Edwardian era the McCosh sisters--Christabel, Ottilie, Rosie and Sophie--grow up in an idyllic household in the countryside south of London. On one side, their neighbors are the proper Pendennis family, recently arrived from Baltimore, whose close-in-age boys--Sidney, Albert and Ashbridge--shake their father's hand at breakfast and address him as "sir." On the other side is the Pitt family: a "resolutely French" mother, a former navy captain father, and two brothers, Archie and Daniel, who are clearly "going to grow up into a pair of daredevils and adventurers." In childhood this band is inseparable, but the days of careless camaraderie are brought to an abrupt halt by the outbreak of The Great War, in which everyone will play a part.
Publisher: ©2015
New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781101946480
1101946482
9781101946497
Characteristics: 513 pages ; 25 cm

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Bunny_Watson716 Nov 24, 2016

Recommended if you like Louis de Bernieres' style, and notable for the way that the grief that must have hung over many people during WW 1 and its aftermath influences the characters on so many levels as they move into the post-WW 1 era. De Bernieres is good at giving unique voices to the different characters.

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IanMass
Jun 14, 2016

Disappointing given Louis De Bernières previous profound and complex stories. English aristocrats living through war and peace - quite a snoozer.

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haileyj
May 12, 2016

The novel begins at the death of Queen Victoria and follows the lives of members of three families through WW1 and into the 1920's. I thought the descriptions of different aeroplanes, their characteristics, handling ability etc. was repetitive and I skimmed those sections. Likewise the repetitive descriptions of the horrors the men and women endured during the war could have been shortened. The lives, loves and tragedies of the individual characters were well written.

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1_Great_Book
Oct 20, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed. Very talented writer. I like how he can enter the personality of the different characters, as the narratives shifts point of view throughout the novel. Effective technique.

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rachelbard
Oct 09, 2015

Didn't read, fearful of unfavorable comparison with "Corelli's Mandolin."

Sep 19, 2015

The best part of the book concerns the derivation and meaning of the title. Otherwise, it suffers in comparison with other books by this author, particularly Corelli's Mandolin and Birds Without Wings.

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