Birdsong

Birdsong

Book - 1993
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A tale of love and war early this century. The protagonists are Stephen Wraysford, a British businessman, and Isabelle Azaire, a married Frenchwoman. They meet in 1910, she elopes with him, gives birth to his child, then remorse sends her back to her husband. But World War I will bring them together when he returns to France as an officer in the British army.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1993.
Edition: 1st US ed.
ISBN: 9780679435457
067943545X
Characteristics: 402 p. ; 24 cm.

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MaryJoSchifsky
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.

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emmakesler
Dec 29, 2018

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

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Lotushead
Apr 08, 2018

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

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dbedn
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.

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becker
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.

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stewstealth
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.

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janiceday
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!

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nhoj
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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macierules
May 04, 2013

Sebastian Faulks is one of my favourite authors.

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Oct 22, 2011

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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