Birdsong : A Novel of Love and War

by Sebastian Faulks | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0679776818 Global Overview for this book
Registered by jamesmum of Richmond, British Columbia Canada on 5/7/2004
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by jamesmum from Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Friday, May 07, 2004
Duplicate copy, picked up at a library sale.

3/18/05: On its way to HoserLauren, as it was on her wish list. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Thursday, March 24, 2005
Received this today from jamesmum. It was on my wishlist. I had actually never heard of it before deciding to read all of the top BBC books (this is book #13 on the BBC top 100).
Thank you so much for sending this!!

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, December 16, 2007
This poor book got lost on my shelf for a while there :(

Stephen Wraysford starts off a young man in France, of British heritage, trying to learn more on the French textile industry in the early 1900s to bring back to his company in England. He falls in love with his boarder's wife and runs away with her. The novel then moves a few years into the future to World War One. Stephen is part of the British Army, on the front line in France, trying to stay alive. He becomes good friends with Michael Weir, an engineer that commands tunnelers to dig below the trenches and set bombs. The novel skips back and forth in time, even going as far as the late 70's, to Stephen's granddaughter.

The writing of this novel is incredible. The descriptions make you feel like you are there. The depiction of war is horrendous, and I was even starting to feel claustrophobic when Faulks talked about the tunnels that the miners created. The novel makes you realize how little we know about war and how little one could ever know about war if they do not experience it for themselves. That being said, Faulks makes it very clear that no one should ever have to experience. The men on the front lines see death every day and while they don't grow accustom to it, they no longer question it. Soon they begin to grasp for any sort of normalcy and pray that they can return to a real life. For those that were on the line longer, they know there is no turning back. They will never be the same, and they will never be able to discuss their experience with their loved ones.

I was a little put off by the switching in time. There was a lovely love and loss story building up in the first 150 pages or so, then there was a complete 180 to the horrors of war. Once I started to get used to that, Faulks then switched to the late 70s and Stephen's grand daughter.

Overall, I found this book to move a bit too slowly for my tastes. But I'm happy that I did get through it because it does have an overall message about war that I think everyone should read.

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 13, 2008
Sent today to Australia for my birthday partner! :)

Journal Entry 5 by luckaye from Crestmead, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Thank you! I am slowly reading my way through various lists that this book is on :)

Journal Entry 6 by luckaye at Logan City, Queensland Australia on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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