Claustrophobic and fascinating- learned a lot about the trenches on WWI
Very good. Love the powerful imagery used in all parts of this book especially the War parts as you feel immersed in the action. Also love the beautiful love story which lasts down the generations. Highly recommended as it stays with you for a long time.
@Birdsong28 finished last night but wanted to absorb my thoughts! What a wonderful book about a generally horrific subject. I think the author‘s introduction to this version is so spot on - did actions in this war change the benchmark for what was acceptable in depravity and humanity?
The little stories embedded in the main one were just as powerful as the main story.
@Birdsong28 100 pages in 😁 loving it so far. I‘m hoping for a couple of hours tonight to get really stuck into it.
Quick lunchtime read (at 2.45pm, meetings til now!).
Doing a #buddyread with @Birdsong28 😁 - you can probably tell she likes this book!
Gifted to me by the lovely @Cathythoughts
Won‘t get much more reading done today as off to see Liverpool match.
When do you want to start our #buddyread @TrishB ? 😘 I am free to start at any point just let me know and if you want to make it later in the year that is fine with me. Also if anyone else wants to join when we get going please feel free just let me know in the comments so I know who to tag when we talk about it. 😁📚📖
1. Birdsong is one of the worst books I've ever read. I've tried the times and have never managed to finish. Faulks days nothing about WWI that isn't done better 1000x better in other books.
3. Neil and Jean
4. The Princess Bride
Haunting. WW1 is dark subject matter and some parts of this were very difficult to read. Reading this satisfied my desire to learn more about this time period. Beautiful writing! This will stay with me for a long time! 😊
@Birdsong28 I can see why you love this book! 💕
When my son is playing his music at full blast and I‘ve got writing and reading to do! Slap this ambient sound on loop and imagine I‘m out in the countryside and not hemmed in by rap music!!
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This prompt made me think of the soldiers in WWI spending those harsh winters in the trenches.
I read Wilfred Owen‘s WWI poetry this year for a challenge (book you were assigned in school and hated!) and was so incredibly moved by it.
I added this Faulks novel to my #TBR soon after...
About a young man tasked with tunneling during the war, I‘ve heard great things about it...
May use this for #booked19 #soldiersstory
My first post here 😍 I picked this up in a second hand store, find it a bit slow to start... hoping it drawers me in soon! Excuse the photo I‘m traveling from Dublin to Cork in the train and my 1 year old just fell to sleep so I‘m currently single handed 🙈 taking this rare quiet opportunity to get some reading in!
Me with the tagged book as I have a copy I read, one that was for the 100 year anniversary of the start of the WW1 in 2014(different cover lol) , an ebook copy and on Audiobook copy.
Also I have seen the stage version 2 times and I have a copy of the script and both programmes even though they are exactly the same.
Can you tell its my favourite book?😂😂😂😂😂📚📖
I don‘t think I was prepared for the experience of reading this book. It took me much longer to read it than most books, but it wasn‘t because I was not interested.
Almost like 3 books in one: a love story, a WWI story, and the story of a woman‘s search for knowledge of her ancestors. Every single part of it it was deeply affecting, and so incredibly well-written. I‘m going to need a moment.
Having successfully completed Volume One Book One of Les Mis this morning, and being already stressed out in the second inning of the Cardinals game, I have resolved to spend the rest of today finishing this book. 😃
Thank you Cathy 😘 I nearly brought this in a charity shop this morning and then remembered you were sending and it was there when I got home!! I‘m looking forward to this one 💕
My daughter says one of the bars was lovely! The G & T has been saved for me!
I loved this from start to finish. I have no fault with it. To me , it was perfect. There are questions left unanswered... but that is true to life. Where did this one come from !?? Isn‘t it wonderful when a book surprises you like this .... ❤️💔 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 golden stars and I think that I will light a candle to remember Stephen & all the people 💫Sebastian Faulks says he wrote this novel as “
“an attempt to offer a belated gesture of love 👇🏻
Halfway point ... such an absorbing story .. I have to stop every now & then to cry. Jesus.
“ He found the word Jesus in his mouth. He said it again & again beneath his breath. It was part prayer , part profanity. Jesus , Jesus ... this was the worst ; nothing had been like this ... “
Starting this now ....
1. Birdsong. I've tried it twice and I just hate everything about it, even the things that are okay have been done better by other writers
2. I pretty versatile snackwise but probably crisps
3. Manuscripts Don't Burn - it's letters and and diaries rather than a biography but they're very well edited and annotated
4. @ferskner @CSeydel
AC/DC call it the ‘thunder of guns‘ in their song - so I thought this was appropriate. In Birdsong there is also the sound of tunnels being blasted on the front line of the Somme. This is a hard book to read but it really made me feel the horror of the trenches in WW1. I was truly #thunderstruck by it myself 😨
Is there a crib-sheet for writing LitFic love affairs (this one was formulaic enough)? I can't be flippant about the war chapters, though: they are harrowing, brutal and shocking but not gratuitously so. I'm glad I picked the audiobook for my cardio workout: I couldn't have sat calmly and turned the pages. It's a pity that the framing episodes - the romance and the abrupt cut to the late 70s - aren't up to the same standard as the main story. 4⭐
'This is not a war, this is a test of how far man can be degraded.'
I always feel sad after reading about WWI. It doesn't make sense, all those #brave men, all those victims. I loved the Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker on the subject but this one is still my favourite. Heartbreaking. #AugustGrrrl
#JubilantJuly #SetinFrance I've only ever been in the south of France, we've done a few city breaks in Nice. Just a few of my many books I have read set in France. I love books set around The Somme and Birdsong is one of my favourites 🇫🇷 thank you to my @TrishB my #Litsypenpal for the gorgeous cards and bookmarks from Shakespeare & Company in Paris and also the Louvre 💙❤️️