Saggy, indulgent writing weakens latest de Bernières blockbuster

Saggy, indulgent writing weakens latest de Bernières blockbuster

Fiction: The Dust that Falls From Dreams. By Louis de Bernières. Harvill Secker, €19. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden

Louis de Bernières’s ninth novel has plenty in common with his 1994 bestseller, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Like Corelli, The Dust That Falls From Dreams is an epic – 500 pages long and set over several years. Like Corelli, it’s both a war story and a love story; the lives of its characters are profoundly affected by the key events of their time. But unlike Corelli – as well as most of de Bernières’s other books...

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