Louis de Bernières

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Louis de Bernières


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in London, England, The United Kingdom
December 08, 1954

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Novelist Louis de Bernières was born in London in 1954. He joined the army at 18 but left after spending four months at Sandhurst. After graduating from the Victoria University of Manchester, he took a postgraduate certificate in Education at Leicester Polytechnic and obtained his MA at the University of London.

Before writing full-time, he held many varied jobs including landscape gardener, motorcycle messenger and car mechanic. He also taught English in Colombia, an experience which determined the style and setting of his first three novels, The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts (1990), Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord (1991) and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman (1992), each of which was heavily influenced by South American liter
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August 2015, Louis de Bernières
"In The Dust that Falls from Dreams, the latest novel from the author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, a British family with four daughters weathers World War I." ...More

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“Women only nag when they feel unappreciated.”
Louis de Bernières, Corelli's Mandolin

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”
Louis de Bernières, Corelli's Mandolin

“Did you know that childhood is the only time in our lives when insanity is not only permitted to us, but expected?”
Louis de Bernières, Corelli's Mandolin

Polls

August 2017 New School Classic Poll

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 1982, 295 pgs
 
  47 votes, 14.3%

The Trial by Franz Kafka, 1925, 255 pgs
 
  33 votes, 10.1%

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  32 votes, 9.8%

 
  30 votes, 9.1%

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 1906, 335 pgs
 
  27 votes, 8.2%

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 1939, 231 pgs
 
  24 votes, 7.3%

Light in August by William Faulkner, 1932, 381 pgs
 
  22 votes, 6.7%

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, 1995, 216 pgs
 
  21 votes, 6.4%

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 1956, 384 pgs
 
  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  19 votes, 5.8%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 1923, 127 pgs
 
  14 votes, 4.3%

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, 1977, 337 pgs
 
  13 votes, 4.0%

 
  9 votes, 2.7%

 
  6 votes, 1.8%

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  4 votes, 1.2%

Soldiers' Pay by William Faulkner, 1926, 265 pgs
 
  3 votes, 0.9%

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  3 votes, 0.9%

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  2 votes, 0.6%

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