Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks 1st / 1st 1993
London: Hutchinson (1993) This copy is in near fine condition. It is a first print copy. The jacket has very minor rubbing to the edges. It is not price clipped. The book is in very collectible condition. Overall a near fine copy.
The plot follows two main characters living at different times: the first is Stephen Wraysford, a British soldier on the front line in Amiens during the First World War, and the second is his granddaughter, Elizabeth Benson, whose 1970s plotline follows her attempts to recover an understanding of Stephen’s experience of the war.
Faulks developed the novel to bring more public awareness to the experience of war remembered by WWI veterans. Most critics found this effort successful, commenting on how the novel, like many other WWI novels, thematically focuses on the way in which the experience of trauma shapes individual psyches. Similarly, because of the parallel narratives WWI and 1970s Britain, the novel explores metahistorical questions about how to document and recover narratives about the past.
The novel was voted the nations 13th favourite book in the BBC’s ‘The big read’ in 2003.