Review: BIRDSONG by Sebastian Faulks

Scrappy Cat recently read and reviewed Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012. Here’s an excerpt:

While this part of the story was not as interesting or compelling to me, there was one scene that I thought justified having this section in the book:  Elizabeth visits a veteran who had been a soldier with Stephen.  He’d had his left leg amputated and still suffered from shell shock and had lived in a veteran’s home for almost 60 years.

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Movie Review: Birdsong

One Great War recently watched and reviewed Birdsong, the television movie miniseries, for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a sample:

The cast are generally pretty solid. Redmayne has never been a favourite of mine, and the fact that he croaked out every line as if he were in that scene in The Princess Bride with Miracle Max cranking at his lungs didn’t help, but he was all right as Stephen. Poésy was radiant and limpid as Isabelle, which I suppose is all you’d really expect. The other casting was strong; Jeanne, Firebrace and Gray all held their own.

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Review: BIRDSONG by Sebastian Faulks

Page Plucker recently read and reviewed Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

As a romance, Birdsong didn’t quite hit the mark for me. Stephen and Isabelle’s relationship is all passion and no substance, and there were times I couldn’t understand Isabelle’s motivation for acting as she did. It’s impossible to say more without giving away much of the plot, but I did find these parts of the book a little unsatisfying. While we’re on the subject of romance, there are some very graphic sex scenes in the novel, but they’re done well and serve to illustrate how Stephen and Isabelle got so hopelessly wrapped up in each other.

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Review: BIRDSONG by Sabastian Faulks

One Great War recently read and reviewed Birdsong by Sabastian Faulks for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a sample:

However, despite this good start, I didn’t particularly enjoy Birdsong. Ultimately I think I enjoyed this book so little because it was fundamentally character-driven, with several wishy-washy plots that meandered around and ended when the novel ended, not because they’d found their natural conclusion. The plotline of Wraysford’s granddaughter discovering his diaries in 1978 was particularly weak (she read like a throwaway character, and the plot relied on melodrama).

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