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A Novel of Love and War

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 02, 1997 – The British novelist "proves himself a grand storyteller" with this tale of WWI-era love and heartbreak, said PW.

Customer Reviews


A wonderfully strong depiction of the war, it really pictured much of the hard times, pain, fear, and anguish the soldiers went through for 4 long years. I was in tears many times as i read about the death and pain they saw and felt and how these brave men never recovered after the war. A great novel


I just finished the print version of this book and I am heartbroken that it has come to an end. Birdsong is the best book I've read in a long time. It's devastating, gruesome, and a beautiful picture of all types of love and life during wartime. This has moved me in a way I cannot explain. I would recommend this book to anyone.

A book you will never forget.

Haunting. Very well written. I'm not usually a history fan, but this book reads easily and the story is superbly told.

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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Jun 02, 1997
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 496 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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