read Birdsong kindle Ê Paperback ô mbjuk ✓ 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 affaPublished 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 youn If I am fighting on behalf of anyone I think it is for those who have died Not for the living at home For the dead over hereWhat a beautiful and moving storyBirdsong is a powerful novel spanning generations and taking us through the horrors of World War 1 Split into mainly 3 sections we begin with Stephen a young man visiting Amiens in France staying with a wealthy man and his family the wife of whom he falls into an illicit love affair with I am driven by a greater force than I can resist I believe that force has its own reason and it's own morality even if they may never be clear to me while I am aliveFurther down the line we follow Stephen as he is enlisted into the war against Germany We see both the infantrymen and also the men who work underground risking being buried alive in order to further their cause Faulks' writing is truly outstanding the fear and hopelessness felt by the men is made vivid and terrifyingly portrayed He's frightened that it doesn't make sense that there is no purpose He's afraid that he has somehow strayed into the wrong lifeThe final section is two generations later Elizabeth is researching her family history looking into her ancestors in particular her grandfather who left behind notebooks of his experiences I saw the great void in your soul and you saw mineIf I could uote this entire book I would It was powerfully affecting emotional and profound 45 stars We will seal what we have seen in the silence of our hearts and no words will reach us Which human being out of all those you have met would you choose to hold your hand to hold close to you in the beginning of eternity?
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G 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 ficti I have uite mixed feelings about this book While I found the sections on the war proper uite devastating and very well done I also found the framing device of the pre war romance and present day life far less effective and also less well written My feelings may also be affected to some extent by other World War I literature that I have been reading as part of the Centennial over the past few monthsI found that the frame story actually a dual frame diminished the war story tremendously In fact I wondered prior to the war story beginning whether I would want to complete reading the bookI've read so many excellent books with the WWI group that did not bother with that kind of tacked on romance etc It's simply not necessary And Faulk certainly demonstrated the skill to write a full book without it This made me wonder whether he may not have trusted his audience to come to the book But then I see how many others give this book top ratings and realize that I am out of sync with the majority on this book But I have no problem with that I was simply uite surprised when I read the it as my expectations were much different
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BirdsongOn 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 com There's a love affair so passionate but yet illicit and at first I thought that this is what was going to get to me in this novel It did but the most powerful thought provoking thing about this book is what happened to the men in the trenches during WW I The gruesome gut wrenching realities for soldiers fighting this war are told in phrases so descriptive that you almost wish you hadn't read them about the smell of blood wounds and body parts the claustrophobic horrific conditions in the tunnels and ultimately what the men lose of themselvesThere are friendships and brotherhoods that grow making for some moving and very sad scenesThe novel moves across years 1910 the war years 1916 – 1918 1978 and 1979 Stephen and Isabelle’s story came to life in the early parts of the novel but I found it somewhat difficult to connect with Elizabeth's character as we meet her in 1978 I usually enjoy these past present stories that link but other than being family I just didn't feel a real emotional connection between the stories Having said that this novel is not one that I will soon forget 4 stars and highly recommended but not for the faint of heart