Birdsong

By Sebastian Faulks
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780679776819, 496pp.)

Publication Date: June 1997

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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 the Author
Sebastian Faulks is the author of ten novels. They include the UK number one bestseller "A Week in December"; "Human Traces"; "On Green Dolphin Street"; "Charlotte Gray", which was made into a film starring Cate Blanchett; and the classic "Birdsong", which has sold more than three million copies and was recently adapted for television. In 2008, he was invited to write a James Bond novel, "Devil May Care", to mark the centenary of Ian Fleming. In between books he wrote and presented the four-part television series "Faulks on Fiction" for the BBC. He lives in London with his wife and their three children.


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  1. Stephen has visions of death within the lush beauty of pre-war Picardy. Do you believe that visions are simple premonitions, or is the predisposition to such images part of one’s character?

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