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Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
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bookshelves: history-fiction, war
Read in April, 1997 — I own a copy



I saw this book on a top 10 best books list for England and I was interested
in the history so I gave it a try.

It's a good read and all, but I couldn't see what the fuss was about. The
contemporary narrator was particularly uninteresting, the story mixes
her current personal life with the WW1 story.

I've notice other good writers try the same thing, they do great
with the past, then the modern mixed in just doesn't do it,
such as in 'Angle of Repose' by Stegner & 'Texas' Michener.

Also the big revelation that a lot of people died in WW1 seems
rather obvious to me.



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