This sweeping novel covers three generations, beginning with World War I, and is on my reading list for its favorable comparisons to Tolstoy, A Farewell to Arms, and The English Patient. Faulks weaves together romance and war story, focusing on a young man who's met the love of his life, and carries the love of this doomed relationship into the trenches of No Man's Land. Lovers of this book (and there are many) appreciate its beautiful and wrenching portrayal of the power of love and the horrors of war.
Published to international critical and popular acclaim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present. As the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford passes through a tempestuous love affair with Isabelle Azaire in France and enters the dark, surreal world beneath the trenches of No Man’s Land, Sebastian Faulks creates a world of fiction that is as tragic as A Farewell to Arms and as sensuous as The English Patient. Crafted from the ruins of war and the indestructibility of love, Birdsong is a novel that will be read and marveled at for years to come.