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"BIRDSONG is a novel about the tenderness and the limits of human flesh, it is about men and women living at the edge. Set mostly in France spanning the years before and during the First World War it captures the drama and destruction of that era as it tells the story of Stephen, a young Englishman who is impelled through a series of extreme experiences, from a traumatic clandestine love affair which rips apart the bourgeois French family he lives with, through grim insanity of the Great War. In the vast scenes of suffering and the tender depiction of human love, BIRDSONG is at times almost unbearably moving to read. Faulks has brought to it the same richness of writing and emotional intimacy that characterised THE GIRL AT LION D'OR, but has widened the scope to produce a novel of moving grandeur."
Publisher: London, Eng. : Hutchinson, 1993.
ISBN: 9780091773731
Characteristics: 407 p. ;,24 cm.


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Aug 27, 2019

A beautifully written book. Very difficult to get into as I didn't care for the protagonist in the beginning. But as things developed he became very sympathetic. An unflinching description of trench warfare -- amazing! That both the Germans & the Allies tunneled towards each other to listen to plans or to blow up portions close to the other's tunnels.

Jan 07, 2019

ERM books Feb 2019 selection. Not certain why, even in 1996, the author thought it necessary to write this book. Choppy, predictable, sad and awful (the war parts) and, in the end, all wrapped up in a bow for future generations. Skimmed second half and read ending. Kept waiting to it to improve.

Dec 29, 2018

Captivating and visceral writings of WWI. Unfortunately the "fast forward" segments with a female protagonist feel forced, diminutive, and pale.

Apr 08, 2018

Faulk's descriptions of WWI leave us wondering why another war was ever fought.

Apr 20, 2017

This book starts off really slowly and in my view is a bit too long. BUT the ending chapters are fantastic. So hang in there if you start to feel the story is going nowhere.

Feb 02, 2017

This book starts off with a romance and it almost lost me there because I thought the romantic scenes were cheesy. I am so glad I pushed through because it turned into a great novel of WWI with some of the best descriptions I have ever read of wartime conditions and experiences. It had its ups and downs but generally this was a very worthy read.

Dec 28, 2014

A well done narrative. Good characterization however the prose though good is not exceptional. Worth reading for anyone.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

A tale of love and war: the lingering love of a young man for a woman following a brief passionate affair, and the love of a simple soldier in France in 1916 for his dying son at home. At the centre is an enigmatic young British officer caught in the unbelievable horror of trench warfare on the Somme. One is reminded of All Quiet on the Western Front. Gripping and intensely moving.

Oct 15, 2013

One of the best books I have read about WWI. Was a little confused at first but, when the story got going, it was a great read about the personal lives of the people actually involved in the fighting. Would highly recommend this book!

Sep 12, 2013

It started slow with an illicit affair but then switched to the trenches of WW1. It is here that the book excels in describing the total depravity that men inflict on each other in the name of war.
It is very ugly and obscene but if that is what happened how could WW2 ever happened knowing what we knew of all the horrors.

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