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Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières
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Dec 29, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, literature-english

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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Reading Progress

December 29, 2010 – Shelved
January 18, 2011 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
January 18, 2011 – Shelved as: literature-english
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March 6, 2011 – Finished Reading

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