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Birdsong

Faulks, Sebastian

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ISBN 10: 067943545X / ISBN 13: 9780679435457
Published by Random House Inc, New York, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
From Daniel Montemarano (Newfield, NJ, U.S.A.)

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1st US Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED by author on a bookplate affixed to half-title page (signature only). $25.00 price present on DJ flap; mylar protected. remainder mark on top. Also includes laid-in a B&W photo (on bonded paper-folded twice) SIGNED and inscribed by EDDIE REDMAYNE (played 'Stephen Wraysford' in TV adaptation of novel). Nice copy of Faulks' wonderful WWI novel with movie tie-in. (Bonus: Comes with a unsigned 1st Printing hardcover copy of Faulks novel "A Possible Life"). Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 022832

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Title: Birdsong

Publisher: Random House Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

A bestseller in Britain for nearly a year, this novel about the horror and passion of World War I is destined to be compared to classics such as All Quiet on the Western Front and A Farewell to Arms. "An extremely good novel, and a considerable addition to the fin-de-siecle flowering of first world war literature."--Penelope Lively, The Spectator (London).

Review:

Readers who are entranced by the sweeping Anglo sagas of Masterpiece Theatre will devour Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks's historical drama. A bestseller in England, there's even a little high-toned erotica thrown into the mix to convince the doubtful. The book's hero, a 20-year-old Englishman named Stephen Wraysford, finds his true love on a trip to Amiens in 1910. Unfortunately, she's already married, the wife of a wealthy textile baron. Wrayford convinces her to leave a life of passionless comfort to be at his side, but things do not turn out according to plan. Wraysford is haunted by this doomed affair and carries it with him into the trenches of World War I. Birdsong derives most of its power from its descriptions of mud and blood, and Wraysford's attempt to retain a scrap of humanity while surrounded by it. There is a simultaneous description of his present-day granddaughter's quest to read his diaries, which is designed to give some sense of perspective; this device is only somewhat successful. Nevertheless, Birdsong is an unflinching war story that is bookended by romances and a rewarding read.

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