Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
“He saw a picture in his mind of a terrible piling up of the dead. It came from his contemplation of the church, but it had its own clarity: the row on row, the deep rotting earth hollowed out to hold them, while the efforts of the living, with all their works and wars and great buildings, were no more than the beat of a wing against the weight of time.”
Summary of Why:
This is a book for anyone who enjoys beautiful prose, believable character development and a dizzying look at history.
Birdsong is a fantasy example of contemporary war fiction. Although my repertoire in this area is limited, my belief is in Faulks himself.
This is how I wish I could write.
It’s about love, about war, about a changing world and about a dark, recent history. The Great War is a chilling subject matter and Faulks uses heart within his story to horrify his readers at the reality within his fiction.
If You Like:
Historical novels. War stories or poetry.