So for this weeks Book Review Wednesday’s I’m going to be talking about one of my all time favourite books! This book will suit you if you love romance, historical drama and hard hitting realism. It’s gritty, its fascinating and as well as highlighting the horrific experiences of soldiers on the western front, it also addresses the personal lives of those left behind.
Gritty, Fascinating and Hard Hitting
BirdSong by Sebastian Faulks was initially introduced to me through watching the 2012 BBC two-part adaptation featuring the amazing Eddie Redmayne. I loved, and still do, all things WW1 so decided to watch it. It really struck a cord with me. I fell in love with the story and went straight out and bought the book to read!
I soon learnt, after reading the book, that the adaptation leaves out the last section of the book, so make sure you read the book first! This book strike’s a cord with me for its psychological exploration of the human mind at war and in love. The novel deals with a very real event, a horrific one, and what happens when relationships are embroiled up in this. However, this is no normal war love affair, its deep and complicated and real. Happy endings do not always happen in real life.
War & all its Facets
It’s a relatively average length at 503 pages, but it’s such a page turner this does not matter. It keeps you gripped until the last page. I would recommend this to someone over the age of sixteen, as it contains quite graphic scenes of both a violent and sexual nature. However, I feel this does not overshadow the plot of the novel; we’re not dealing with Fifty Shades of Grey here!
I’ve read this book numerous times now! It is certainly a book to reread and one that is just as enjoyable, if not more on your 2nd, 3rd or 4th read! That is one thing I will say, I think I initially found the plot easier to understand as I’d watched the adaptation beforehand. It does change time and place so can be hard to follow at times, but it’s not overly difficult!
Finally, I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical, especially war novels. Also to anyone who loves a really deep, emotion driven plot and intricate characters! I challenge you to give this book a go even if you wouldn’t normally read this genre of book!
Ready to Give it a Read?
Let me know if you’ve read Birdsong, or indeed, any book by the brilliant Sebastian Faulks! Check out the book here:
Peace & Love ✌️