A Novel of Love and War

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

Publication Date: June 2, 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 best known for his trilogy of novels set in France: The Girl at the Lion d’Or, Birdsong, and Charlotte Gray, the latter two of which were bestsellers. After a period in France, he and his family now live in London.

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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?

Praise For Birdsong

   • "With Birdsong Faulks has produced a mesmerizing story of love and war... This book is so powerful that as I finished it I turned to the front to start again." --Sunday Express 

   • "Engrossing, moving, and unforgettable." --The Times

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