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January 22, 2006

Twelfth Meeting - Birdsong

January's book was Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes.

Set in France before and during World War I, this is the story of a young Englishman who is impelled through a series of extreme experiences, including a traumatic love affair which tears apart the bourgeois French family with whom he lives. By the author of "The Girl at the Lion d'Or.


I think all of us found this a tough but rewarding read. Its relentless focus on the harrowing experiences of Stephen Wraysford lead to a startling juxtaposition of lost love, the horrors of the trenches and the uncaring sounds of nature.

Posted by nathan at January 22, 2006 01:00 PM


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