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Crafted from the damages of war and also the indestructibility of love, Birdsong is a novel that will be read and marveled at for years to come.

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Published to global instrumental and also well-known acinsurance claim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and also the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and also the current. As the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford passes through a tempestuous love affair with Isabelle Azaire in France and also enters the dark, suractual world beneath the trenches of No Man's Land also, Sebastian Faulks creates a people of fiction that is as tragic as A Farewell to Arms and as sensuous as The English Patient. Crafted from the damages of war and the indestructibility of love, Birdsong is a novel that will certainly be read and marveled at for years to come.

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Please be aware that this discussion guide might contain spoilers!The inquiries and also discussion topics that follow are intended to enhance your group's analysis and conversation of Sebastian Faulks'sBirdsong. We hope they will enaffluent your understanding of this overpowering and also harrowing novel, a Tolstoyan epic of love, battle, and also redemption.About This BookIn 1910 a young Englishmale, Stephen Wraysford, goes to Picardy, France, to learn the textile business. While tbelow he plunges right into a love affair with the young wife of his host, a passion so imperative and also consuming that it changes him forever before. Several years later, with the outbreak of World War I, he finds himself aobtain in the fields ofPicardy, this time as a soldier on the Western Front. A stvariety, periodically bitter male, Stephen is ...
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Media Reviews

New Yorker - Simon Schama

Ambitious, outrageous, touching, sleep-disturbing, Birdsong is not a prefect novel--simply a great one. The New York Times Publication Review - Michael Gorra
Birdsong appears to me superb. His prose is spare and specific.... Mr. Faulks"s elaborate structure simply demonstprices how quickly creation can be decreased to a formula. The present-day scenes in Birdsong are so lackluster that they seem a kind of injustice; I have the right to scarcely think they"re the occupational of the exact same writer who in this book"s best pages draws on Owen"s excellent poem to provide a genuinely cathartic description of the war"s last days. Los Angeles Times Book Recheck out - George Garrett
Worthy in eextremely means of its honors and also success..The accounts of combat, ringing via credibility and authenticity, are among the best that I have ever check out. Daily Mail - Quentin Crewe
An amazing book--among the most stirringly erotic I have read for years...I have read it and re-check out it and can think of no various other novel for many kind of, many kind of years that has actually so relocated me or stimulated in me so much reflection on the human spirit. Sunday Express - Anattracted James
This book is so powerful that as I finiburned it I turned to the front to start aobtain. Mail on Sunday - Brian Masters
One of the finest novels of the last 40 years. Time Out - Nigel Watts
This is literature at its extremely best: a book via the power to disclose the unimagined, so that one"s life is collection in a changed context. I urge you to review it.

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Booklist - Gilbert Taylor
As typical of the "shed generation" of Britain (wright here this novel was a best-seller), the Wraysford antihero realistically conveys what a waste--in stays and also psyches--the trench experience was. A well-crafted glimpse into gloom. Publishers Weekly
Enlivened with significant historic information connected via completed pincreased, his narrative flows via a pleasingly correct recklessness that brings his personalities to dynamic life.
Frank Conroy

Birdsong moved me even more profoundly than anything I"ve check out in years.... A deeply compassionate, utterly thrilling job-related by a understand of the form.

Reader Reviews

mike speake

Birdsong Quite sindicate the ideal book that I have actually ever check out. A feast of intense story-line, background, love, horror, emovement, description, frailty. I read it ten years ago and also am now re-analysis it. I simply cannot put it dvery own.
Emma Bambridge

The most emotional book I have ever before read Birdsong didn"t appeal to me at first once I review the blurb. But as I began analysis the initially chapter I couldn"t put it down! Stephen as the major character made my creative thinking involved life! I pictured every little thing that happened and also felt the pain ... Read More

Great war story, weak love story Not being a fan of war novels, I was a little bit leery to start this book had it not been so highly recommfinished. While the accounts of the war were truly horrific beyond understanding, it was composed in such a means that what you actually see and feel as a ... Read More
Emma McKay

One of the the majority of moving publications I have actually ever before read.. People recommend books all the time - and in reality "Birdsong" wasn"t recommfinished to me, I fortunately simply came throughout it - but a week after finishing the book the images and also personalities are so thoughtcompletely and also drastically developed that they remajor ... Read More
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