Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
A Novel of Love and War

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The novelist painfully manipulates the reader's emotions. Among so many deaths, the possible death of this eight-year-old boy, whom we know only through the character's intense affection for him, is the one that affects us.
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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 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 fiction 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 come.
 

About Sebastian Faulks

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Sebastian Faulks's seven previous novels include the international bestseller Birdsong (1993), Charlotte Gray (2000), and most recently Engelby (2007). He lives in London, is married and has two sons and a daughter.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published March 21, 2012 by Vintage. 498 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, War, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Mullan on Jun 29 2012

The novelist painfully manipulates the reader's emotions. Among so many deaths, the possible death of this eight-year-old boy, whom we know only through the character's intense affection for him, is the one that affects us.

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Below average
Reviewed by John Mullan on Jun 22 2012

The novel's sheer accumulation of detail and the strange filtering mechanism of its minutely observant protagonist have compelled you to try to imagine what this slaughter might have been like.

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