Not a patch on Birdsong,
This review is from: Charlotte Gray (Paperback)
Through this esteemed website, I learn that some people think that Charlotte Gray is better than the second part of Sebastian Faulks's trilogy Birdsong. Well, it's a free country, people can think what they like, there are no objective measures to measure quality in fiction and ... oh, hang it ... WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?
Birdsong is one of the most moving and harrowing pieces of fiction ever written on war. Charlotte Gray is a superior thriller written by an author who clearly lost interest as he went along. The characters are poorly drawn and implausible, the plot pacy but meandering here and there and it all ends in a bit of, well, nothing really.
Faulks has not completely lost his touch, nor does he shy away from the horror of it all. The description of two young Jewish boys' train ride all the way to what sounds like Auschwitz, though they would never have known its name, is intensely moving. The trouble is the central character is a completely uninteresting cipher and her romance doesn't arouse any interest at all. Faulks can do much better than this. And he knows it.