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

13th September, 2015
Louis de Bernières’s latest novel is an over-long disappointment

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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