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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“I suffered with it.”

Written on: 18/05/2012

This is just unbelievable book. The only book, from books that I have read, that made me physically sick. This is just unbelievable storytelling. I feel physically sick and disturbed by the images of rats eating bloated and dead body's of solders. This is not some macho story about war, this is real human perspective about what and how do I feel in the field of battlefield of WW1. This is unbelievably personal and bright story. Although some of other reviews downplay significance of Love… Read Full Review

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“The Joys of Uni Work”

Written on: 09/01/2012

I have to read this book for uni and I think the character of Stephen is the most irrational and annoyingly boring and adds nothing to the book. The concept I agree is a good one but I believe it is poorly executed on the part of Faulk's himself. As for the parts set in the 70s they are to short to have any significance and therefore become void. The war parts of this novel are also far too detailed when most of the information is irrelevant or inconsequential and therefore could of been… Read Full Review

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“i loved this book and cant believe that it has had...”

Written on: 11/05/2011 by elleigh (2 reviews written)

i loved this book and cant believe that it has had some bad reviews, its was a real insight of how the men suffered at war, and what they went through and was so descriptive i felt as if i could pretty much see what was going on, i couldn't put it down till it was done and read it in about 3 days.some of it was gruesome, but not overly erotic at all, I'm sure anyone who has had a lover would not bat an eyelash.i brought this book second hand, and if i had to id buy another one just to have a… Read Full Review

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“This book is terrible. I would not reccomend it to...”

Written on: 04/03/2011

This book is terrible. I would not reccomend it to anyone. I feel it was a waste of time reading it and to those of you who study it in english literature, be prepared to be confused and bored!… Read Full Review

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Elleigh's Comment

Written on: 11/05/2011

its inconceivable to me that this person is doing english above high school level and cant follow this.

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“I can personally say, this was a terrible, atrocious...”

Written on: 04/11/2010

I can personally say, this was a terrible, atrocious book. I found it incredibly monotonous and tedious (especially the war section) and note to Faulk's "what were you thinking when you leaped like a frog through to the war section?" how uneartly random. In my opionion the book is only slightly enthrauling during the pages of sexual scenery. I also enjoyed the 'wet parted flesh' in which is still engrained on my memory… Read Full Review

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“well i have to say i was very disapointed in this...”

Written on: 23/09/2010

well i have to say i was very disapointed in this book! i am having to ready it for A level english and am beggining to get very bored, as the book is boring me non of it is going in to my head which is making it very difficult wright essays on.it maybe well written so in literature it might be interesting, but thats just the style of writting, but the story its self i hard to get in to. i wouldnt recomend this book but if you are also planning on taking A level english this book maybe on the… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 01/07/2011

i despair if you really are reading this for A level English. At "A" level, you should be far more competent.
Oh, how standards have slipped!!

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“An apallingly bad book. ”

Written on: 10/08/2010

An apallingly bad book.

Please don't read it.

I wouldn't recommend it.

I'll never read it again.

I can't believe I wasted those days of my life reading this rubbish… Read Full Review

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★★★★★
Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“An epic novel, flawlessly written. Engrossing...”

Written on: 08/01/2010

An epic novel, flawlessly written. Engrossing storyline and impossible to put down. Immensely thought provoking… Read Full Review

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“It is a magnificant book. the author writes with such...”

Written on: 19/12/2008

It is a magnificant book. the author writes with such enthusiasm and creativity… Read Full Review

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“Faulks has a filthy mind - i had to skip loads of this...”

Written on: 04/09/2008

Faulks has a filthy mind - i had to skip loads of this book! I don't like his style at all - he writes in an arrogant way, and even though he is very precise with his description, he does it very bluntly. I had to read this over the summer holidays - but every time i picked it up and read a page it was just *mind-numbing*. Maybe i dislike it so much because i was ordered to read it and i wanted something in a more 'flowery' 'flowing' style
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gore/gruesome-ness
lots of 'saucy'… Read Full Review

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Asstudent123's Comment

Written on: 30/12/2009

I found this review not helpful because...
<br/>When you wrote your review, you clearly did not look into the book in detail and take it in. Faulks does not have a "filthy" mind. All the sex scenes are there for a reason and you do not seem to be able to see they are there for a purpose. Many of them are metaphors for the horror of the war to come and show the how the war changes the mens reaction to women during the course of the novel. This is shown in the farm house scene, when stephen takes weir to be with a woman before the last push.
<br/>I suggest that you read the whole book carefully and analyse it as you go. This will give you a better view of the book and help you make a better review.

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Linzii2010's Comment

Written on: 15/03/2010

I found this review not helpful because it was very narrow minded, this book indeed can be seen as boring, but once the story begins is certainly is not unhappy, this is a book about love and how war effected the love. The main character Stephen is a verp deep character, who leads the book perfectly with the relationships he builds throughout.
<br/>Of course this book is about war, and there are going to be parts which are gruesome, but it is not even the main part, Sebastian Faulks is trying to portray what the soldiers would have seen while in the trenches and i think it is a deeply moving story. I was hesitant at first and didnt bother reading it, and then i went back to it and found it a rather compelling story. I think you should just give the book a chance, and open your mind to what this book is supposed to be about.

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“I haven't completed Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong yet but...”

Written on: 02/09/2008

I haven't completed Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong yet but at the moment i think that it is a great book. I'm reading this for my A level English coursework and i will recommend it to anyone… Read Full Review

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“Not a page turner for me. The whole grand-daughter...”

Written on: 24/06/2008 by St Bernard (1 review written)

Not a page turner for me. The whole grand-daughter part should not have been included as it added nothing except an invitation for hollywood to step in someday. On the whole, even though it should have been shorter I cannot ignore the fact that it is a moving book and shows aspects of what the soldiers had to deal with which were unexpected and I certainly hadn't previously thought of. I have never read a war book before as its not my bag but it was the war parts that gripped me the most. I… Read Full Review

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Charlotte1818's Response to St Bernard's Review

Written on: 06/09/2008

In response to St. Bernard's review- an interesting take. Do you not accept that Faulks has purposefully included Stephen's pre-war experiences so that we can see the huge effect that war had? We are able to see the effects on men, women and France through the pre-war section, particularly as it partially takes place on the River Somme, where thousands would die six years later. Similarly, I felt the modern narrative turned the experiences of war on us, the reader. How are we affected by war? Did our grandparents fight? Although cliched at times, I believe Elizabeth's account to be vital to the novel- she, like us, leads a frivolous life, which is thrown into stark contrast with the war sections.
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<br/>As you can probably tell, this novel is one of my favourites, although I do consent it has its faults, such as the cliched ending. I realise Faulks is making a point about redemption, but Robert as a character riled me!

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“This is the 503 page paperback with additional Author...”

Written on: 01/06/2008 by zoodemon (33 reviews written)

This is the 503 page paperback with additional Author Commentary and reading group guide.

I decided to read this book after seeing it in a listing of the top 50 fiction books of all time. We're introduced to the main character Stephen Wraysford as he arrives in France on work duties. The year is 1910 and he is a young man staying in the home of a textile factory boss. The book is basically about Stephen's first world war experiences, encompassing views from other ranks and tunnel diggers, all… Read Full Review

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“I found this book truly outstanding the writing was...”

Written on: 21/02/2008 by Lady G (34 reviews written)

I found this book truly outstanding the writing was superb, the graphic description of trench life is riveting and i find it amazing that it is written by someone who did not serve in the trenches it really is that believable. Interwoven with a love story and a main character you will not forget and will seriously become attached to i feel it is a must for any book lover… Read Full Review

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“I've read Birdsong twice. It totally consumed me both...”

Written on: 17/07/2007 by andybookman (1 review written)

I've read Birdsong twice. It totally consumed me both times… Read Full Review

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“The character of Stephen in Sebastian Faulks Birdsong...”

Written on: 24/01/2006 by rosealine (2 reviews written)

The character of Stephen in Sebastian Faulks Birdsong is one of the best characters written! I felt truly attached to him throughout the novel. The book grabs you and touches all of your senses, and you feel everything Stephen is going through. When he is trapped in the tunnel you feel as though you are there with him in the tiny space, and you feel his claustrophobia and his sense of what seems to be his impending death.

Birdsong is one of the few novels in which you are there living the… Read Full Review

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Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

“I tried, but I just couldn't love this novel. ...”

Written on: 05/03/2004 by TenTigers (16 reviews written)

I tried, but I just couldn't love this novel. Everytime I got really engrossed by the characters in Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong and the plot, there was a sudden shift in time and I had to start all over again working out what was going on. I was left feeling dissatisfied each time and it made for a very disjointed read… Read Full Review

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408012_Badgerskunk's Response to TenTigers's Review

Written on: 08/10/2008

I agree with that fact that it does indeed tend to jump around a lot throughout the novel. This made it relatively hard for me to get into in all honesty.

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