The Dust That Falls from Dreams is a story about the history of England leading into and out of the First World War and a story about “the Pals”. The Pals are a group of children who grow up together south of London: Daniel and Archie Pitt, Ashbridge; Sidney, and Albert Pendennis; and Sophie, Ottilie, Christabel and Rosie McCosh. The Pals are childhood chums who do everything together until life and war intercede.
Although beautifully written, it is difficult getting into The Dust That Falls from Dreams. Louis de Bernieres has a flowing narrative way of presenting history, but it wasn’t until the end of the third chapter or beginning of the fourth when I began to feel I was reading about characters and not just history.