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One fo the greatest books I have read,
This review is from: Birdsong (Vintage War) (Paperback)
'Birdsong' could not be any more satisfying. Moving, harrowing and extrememly thought provoking, 'Birdsong' is one of the greatest books to have graced Literature for a long time. Following the lives of Stephen and Jack, Faulks simultaneously interconnects their stories and pas histories that all have a baring on how they view and act in their harrowing duties in the War. Faulk's range of description is vast- from a passionate and deeply emotional love scene in the first 50 pages, to a mind blowing description of the tragic episodes of the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. It is extrordinary to believe that such a fruitful and fullfilling love scene near the beginning could be contrasted by the scenes of the war- yet this is possible by Faulk's semeless account of Stephen's thoughts. By the end of the novel, it is not Stephen's attitude that has changed, it is his perception of the world that changes as a result of his experiences in the Trenches. Believe me when I say this- you will not be disappointed with this, it is a piece of History that is to be felt by everyone.