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Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières
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Mar 06, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction, literature-english
Read in March, 2011

This is a book that operates on a very large scale. In many ways, it could hardly be more different from my last read (Major Pettigrew's Last Stand) in its intensity, array of characters, and scale of activity. It starts out slow, but over time one becomes accustomed to the characters - not in love with, but certainly fond of them. This means that as you read on and get into the thick of the action (the Armenian marches, the Great War, the Turkish War of Independence) it becomes heart-wrenching to watch them scrambling to cope with forces beyond them, to stay above the mess. In this way, the title is eerily appropriate. BWW is not a cute book, nor is it an intimate character study. It is nonetheless a tragic, human story that cannot be undone.
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