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Never to be forgotten

Advantages: Very informative, deeply moving narrative
Disadvantages: Quite disturbing, not for the faint-hearted

On my bedside table is a sepia-tinted photograph of my grandfather, aged about 17, in his British army uniform, prior to his stint in France towards the end of the First World War. He was lucky; he returned. Had he not done so I would not be writing thi ...

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Birdsong: A Modern Masterpiece

Advantages: Compelling, enlightening, and in places, shocking
Disadvantages: Could give you nightmares.

A history teacher friend of mine recommended Sebastian Faulk's 'Birdsong' to me a number of years ago, on the basis that it had two main ingredients that I would find irresistible: a World War I setting combined with a endearing romantic vein running thro ...

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No child or future generation will know what this was like

Advantages: Excellent prose, engaging, thought provoking
Disadvantages: An awkward futuristic plot line

Birdsong, for me, was one of those books that had been on my 'to read' list for years. Indeed, the copy I own is littered with praise from critics, which left little doubt in my mind that I was in for an absorbing read. Summary The plot primar ...

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They give donkeys a bad name

Advantages: A wonderful, beautifully written novel
Disadvantages: The detail is disturbing

...I have read several books and poetry on the First World War but Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks stimulated my interest and affected me the most in this terrible period of the twentieth century. Birdsong opens in France in 1910 with the arrival of twenty- ...

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Just History Repeating Itself

Advantages: An eye-opening, historical account
Disadvantages: The modern sub-plot

There are some books, where after I have read them, I am compelled to consult my bookshelves and re-read another book that echoes the plot or style of the one I have just read. After reading ‘Birdsong’, I re-read ‘All Quiet on the W ...

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