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** 1/2 The Dust That Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres

The Dust That Falls from Dreams is the story of three well-to-do families throughout WWI.  It is carefully arranged, with modern young women who want to free themselves from tradition (and find it much easier to do that under the peculiar circumstances of the war), brave young Americans, and a daredevil French pilot who loves his mother – and I found the combination of the tidily contrived plot and the sadly familiar WWI stories  a bit of a bore. That said, the author manages to create vivid characters, in particular a devoted father hiding under an apparently businesslike  entrepreneur, and supplies abundant witticisms served by the daughters to her mother about the changing times.

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