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Readers who are entranced by sweeping historical sagas will devour Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks' drama set during the first world war. There's even a little high-toned erotica thrown into the mix to convince the doubtful. The book's hero, a 20-year-old Englishman named Stephen Wraysford, finds his true love on a trip to Amiens in 1910. Unfortunately, she's already married, the wife of a wealthy textile baron. Wrayford convinces her to leave a life of passionless comfort to be at his side, but things do not turn out according to plan. Wraysford is haunted by this doomed affair and carries it with him into the trenches of the war. Birdsong derives most of its power from its descriptions of mud and blood, and Wraysford's attempt to retain a scrap of humanity while surrounded by it. There is a simultaneous description of his present-day granddaughter's quest to read his diaries, which is designed to give some sense of perspective; this device is only somewhat successful. Nevertheless, Birdsong is a rewarding read, an unflinching war story and a touching romance.
"Magnificent - deeply moving" (Sunday Times)
"With Birdsong Faulks has produced a mesmerizing story of love and war... This book is so powerful that as I finished it I turned to the front to start again" (Sunday Express)
"Engrossing, moving, and unforgettable" (The Times)
"One of the finest novels of the last forty years" (Mail on Sunday)
"Amazing... I have read it and re-read it and can think of no other novel for many, many years that has so moved me or stimulated in me so much reflection on the human spirit" (Daily Mail)
Amazing story and characters. Couldn't put the book down. Learnt a lot about the First World War too.Published 4 days ago by Jenni newell
Traumatic account of the First WorldWar (the Great War) , of interest to me on account of my Granfather serving in the a Royal Engineers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Davies
Not being reader of war tales i was sceptical about reading this... its one of those texts that i will be thinking of for a long time. It's a deeply real and emotional journey. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ms. C. A. Worthy
First class from a great Author,THE FORGOTTEN WAR is portrayed wonderfully well ,disturbing yet poignant read.Published 1 month ago by KeithPybus
Well written and makes one realise how easy we have it these daysPublished 1 month ago by Tim Clarke
This is one amazing book to read... The story, the words, the work in all its glory is one of the best books I have ever read, Hands Down ! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Akhil Kallepalli
Bought it at a great price brand new to read again after many years. Every bit as good as I remembered it he first timePublished 1 month ago by Clive
Enjoyed this when it first came out as well as Charlotte Gray. You need to persevere withGirl At The Lion d'Orbut all three form a majestic trilogy covering both World Wars and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian