Novel Ideas

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 18th, 2013


While watching an episode of QI a while ago, English comedian Alan Davies mentioned a book by English author Sebastial Faulks called Birdsong. I got it for Christmas and recently started and finished reading it (I actually finished reading it on Vimy Ridge Day). This story is fantastically written, and has remained in my mind all week. With so many videogames centered on war, I thought that it would be only fitting to recommend this book to our readers.

I’m not going to say too much about it so as not to spoil anything. Suffice to say that it is masterfully written and the plot takes place across a number of different time periods (three, to be exact). A large part of the novel focuses on the war itself, and there are some very haunting passages written about what went on; trust me: no punches pulled. Some of the most interesting parts are about the sappers (the chaps that dug underground to establish listening posts and plant mines under the German trenches). Honestly, there were moments described in the book (specifically the mining bits) that were done so well that I felt as if I was there (I literally was holding my breath during certain points).

It would be a crime for me not to mention this book to everyone, so make sure you check it out if you’re interested in historical fiction based around World War I. Honestly, you won’t regret it.

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