Author: Sebastian Faulks
Pages: 518 Pages
Set before and during the Great War, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. Over the course of the novel he suffers a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experience of the war itself.
Birdsong had been recommended to me by a book loving friend and after putting off reading it for a very long while I decided to pick it up and give it a read.
To say that I loved Birdsong would be a lie. I liked it. I truly did but I did feel that it was very slow paced but equally I knew that it needed to be. It wasn’t a high octane thriller and times were simpler then so I shouldn’t have been shocked.
Whilst Birdsong is a bit of a slow burner there is no denying that it has a massive impact on the reader. The scenes between Raymond and Isabelle are sultry and you are completely engulfed in their love affair and absolutely torn apart by the events that unfold. Equally, Faulks’ descriptions of the trenches are heartbreaking, brutal and give you the reader the feeling of being on the front line with the soldiers. There were many times when I felt the breath leave my body and felt the crushing claustrophobia described in the novel.
I can honestly say that I am glad I read Birdsong. It isn’t ever going to be my favourite book but it definitely gave me a perspective of war that I hadn’t considered before and Faulks writing is captivating.
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks is available now.
For more information regarding Sebastian Faulks (@SebastianFaulks) please visit www.sebastianfaulks.com.
For more information regarding Vintage Books (@vintagebooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk/vintage.