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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning....., 26 Sep 1999
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This review is from: Birdsong (Vintage War) (Paperback)
Without doubt, Birdsong is by far and away the best book that I have read all year and is up against some some stiff competition. I was recommended it by a close friend of mine whose taste in books is seldom wrong, and she was right once again. The book is simply stunning. The harrowing narrative about trench life is starkly drawn, and leaves little to the imagination. Faulks portrays the soldiers' lives as hellish because, well, they were. It takes books like this to bring it all home to you about what those millions of people did for us all those years ago and is a living testimony to why the world wars should never be forgotten.
Now I am no historian, and I know that this book has been criticised by some people for its accuracy. Well who cares? If you do, go and read a textbook! The fact of the matter is that this book is not about where and when it happened, but what it was like to live in the worst possible conditions imaginable in a hopeless and unreal existence. Moreover, it shows a true definition of determination and survival. It points out how completely abysmal war really was, and so does it really matter if the occasional date might be incorrect or if the author used the wrong spelling of a French town? I think not.
The book is a breathtaking read from start to finish. You feel the intensity of the love scenes between Stephen and Isabelle and you begin to appreciate really what love could be like. You feel claustrophobic when you read about Jack and the tunnelers, and you feel the anguish when you see various characters watching their comrades being torn apart by sniper fire.
The book is quite amazing and I strongly suggest that you read it. A work of literary brilliance.
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2010 12:31:21 GMT
Lauragais says:
Thank you for your comment. A suggestion: readers generally do not know the age of the person writing a review - so when you write that this is the best book you've read / ever read - it does not mean a lot - you might be in your teens, twenties or seventies ;-)
Two decades of reading will give a different perspective to your comment than two years - you know what I mean?
Although I have been a child during the last World War and that was enough war experience for me for a lifetime, based on your good review I will give this book a shot nevertheless!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2011 12:35:46 GMT
She did say it was the best book she has read "all year", not her whole life time. :-)
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