**spoiler alert** Reading this book opened my eyes to the hardships and many trials that soldiers experienced during World War 1. Most especially the...more**spoiler alert** Reading this book opened my eyes to the hardships and many trials that soldiers experienced during World War 1. Most especially the Battle of the Somme. It's heart-wrenching to read the scenes where Stephen and the others are fighting against the enemy and seeing that the most of them didn't make it.
I enjoyed reading about Stephen and Isabelle's tumultuous affair. I even felt her heartache when she ran away from Stephen without telling him about the child that they'd created. For a moment, she made me hate her for doing so, but I can totally understand how things were back then and why she decided to do what she did.
Sebastian Faulks brings each scene/each character to life with such vivid descriptions that one can almost envision themselves there. He's created such an intense world, allowing us to experience things in ways that keep a reader glued to the book. Quite a few times while I reading I felt myself empathizing with Stephen and several other characters. Many times, I found myself in tears over the event that occurred as I read along.
The scene with Stephen and Jack near the end had me to tears. Seeing Stephen's strength in trying to keep them both alive, although Jack dies along the way, shows that any man is capable of compassion and determination when it comes to trying to stay alive. This made me like Stephen even more. Because although he portrayed himself to be cold and uncaring, he truly wasn't. He just didn't know how to show it properly.
The author was able to portray the horrors that was that war and I confess that this book has broadened my knowledge of it. I knew little of it, but nothing like what Sebastian has described within his book. Birdsong is definitely worth reading and I recommend it to anyone. (less)
I absolutely loved this book. While I'm not much of a classical music afficionado, I've always held a curiosity about Mozart's life.
Nancy Moser provid...moreI absolutely loved this book. While I'm not much of a classical music afficionado, I've always held a curiosity about Mozart's life.
Nancy Moser provided a very unique view into his world via the eyes of his sister, Nannerl. Their world comes alive as Nancy describes in vivid detail how they traveled all over Europe with their parents in hopes of making some kind of life for themselves. We can feel every triumph, every disappoint, as they grow up and grow apart as the years go by.
Nannerl's happiness is short lived when her brother rises above her to be come a great composer, spurred on by her father who fails to see that she is suffering deep inside. She's always wanted to be a part of the musical world only to be denied that chance so blatantly by her father. She's left feeling inadequate, at times.
Her loss of the one man that she has always loved is very heartfelt. It made me want so much for her to finally get her dream of being with Franz. In the end, I suppose she did, for she was buried beside him upon her death.
I've enjoyed immensely the world that Nancy has painted of Nannerl and her family's life. At times I felt as if I were truly there. It's worth reading. I highly recommend it.(less)