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Published to international critical and popular acclaim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present. As the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford passes through a tempestuous love affair with Isabelle Azaire in France and enters the dark, surreal world beneath the trenches of No Man's Land, Sebastian Faulks creates a world of fiction that is as tragic as A Farewell to Arms and as sensuous as The English Patient . Crafted from the ruins of war and the indestructibility of love, Birdsong is a novel that will be read and marveled at for years to come.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1997.
Edition: First Vintage International edition.
ISBN: 9780679776819
Branch Call Number: F FAULKS
Characteristics: 483 pages ; 21 cm


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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.

May 04, 2013

Sebastian Faulks is one of my favourite authors.

Jun 21, 2012

Excellent book, the second story in Faulks' France Trilogy: The Girl at the Lion D'or, Birdsong, and Charlotte Gray

kbraunizer Jan 23, 2012

This story has been dramatised on BBC Drama on 22/1/2012 so hopefully it will be on Canadian TV before long. It is filled in 2 parts.

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