Birdsong

4.07 avg rating
( 56,295 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780091773731: Birdsong

A bestseller in Britain for nearly a year, this novel about the horror and passion of World War I is destined to be compared to classics such as All Quiet on the Western Front and A Farewell to Arms. "An extremely good novel, and a considerable addition to the fin-de-siecle flowering of first world war literature."--Penelope Lively, The Spectator (London).

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Readers who are entranced by the sweeping Anglo sagas of Masterpiece Theatre will devour Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks's historical drama. A bestseller in England, there's even a little high-toned erotica thrown into the mix to convince the doubtful. The book's hero, a 20-year-old Englishman named Stephen Wraysford, finds his true love on a trip to Amiens in 1910. Unfortunately, she's already married, the wife of a wealthy textile baron. Wrayford convinces her to leave a life of passionless comfort to be at his side, but things do not turn out according to plan. Wraysford is haunted by this doomed affair and carries it with him into the trenches of World War I. Birdsong derives most of its power from its descriptions of mud and blood, and Wraysford's attempt to retain a scrap of humanity while surrounded by it. There is a simultaneous description of his present-day granddaughter's quest to read his diaries, which is designed to give some sense of perspective; this device is only somewhat successful. Nevertheless, Birdsong is an unflinching war story that is bookended by romances and a rewarding read.

From the Publisher:

Birdsong was voted one of the best books of the century in a poll conducted by Waterstone's booksellers and Channel Four TV in the United Kingdom. Here's a selection of the praise that has been pouring in:

"Birdsong moved me more profoundly than anything I've read in years ... A deeply compassionate, utterly thrilling work by a master of the form."
-- Frank Conroy

"The accounts of combat are among the finest I have ever read ... so powerful as to be almost unbearable ... a tribute to the author's remarkable skill and tact and dazzling virtuosity."
-- Los Angeles Times

"An amazing book ... among the most stirringly erotic I have read."
-- The Daily Mail (London)

"Magnificent -- gorgeously written, deeply moving, rich in detail."
-- The Times (London)

"Superb storytelling and craftsmanship ... a tribute to the durability of the human soul."
-- People

"Vividly imagined ... this strenuous and poignant effort to shore up memory deserves our gratitude."
-- Newsday

"Superb ... a genuinely cathartic description of the war's last days."
-- New York Times Book Review

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Faulks, Sebastian
Published by Hutchinson (1993)
ISBN 10: 0091773733 ISBN 13: 9780091773731
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
Pearlydewdrops
(Streat, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000095132

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Sebastian Faulks
Published by Hutchinson (1993)
ISBN 10: 0091773733 ISBN 13: 9780091773731
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 320 pages. 9.49x6.30x1.30 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0091773733

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
33.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

FAULKS, Sebastian
Published by Hutchinson (1993)
ISBN 10: 0091773733 ISBN 13: 9780091773731
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110091773733

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
41.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.51
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Sebastian FAULKS
Published by Hutchinson (1993)
ISBN 10: 0091773733 ISBN 13: 9780091773731
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0091773733

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
47.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Sebastian Faulks
ISBN 10: 0091773733 ISBN 13: 9780091773731
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
AussieBookSeller
(SILVERWATER, NSW, Australia)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover. BIRDSONG is a novel about the tenderness and the limits of human flesh, it is about men and women living at the edge. Set mostly in France spanning the years before and during.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 416 pages. 0.694. Bookseller Inventory # 9780091773731

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
20.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 28.14
From Australia to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

FAULKS, Sebastian
Published by Hutchinson
ISBN 10: 0091773733 ISBN 13: 9780091773731
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hutchinson. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0091773733 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1892467

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
46.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.79
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds