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macrolit · 6 months ago
The function of music is to liberate in the soul those feelings which normally we keep locked up in the heart.
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
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bespokeredmayne · 2 months ago
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For Throwback Thursday, Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Wraysford in Birdsong, overwhelmed by loss in love + war.
The two-part drama, based on the Sebastian Faulks novel, aired on the BBC in 2012 + in the US through PBS Masterpiece Theater. It’s viewable on Amazon Prime Video.
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ultimate-007 · a month ago
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Art by Mark Stutzman for Devil May Care
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feynavaley · 4 days ago
It was not his death that mattered; it was the way the world had been dislocated. It was not all the tens of thousands of deaths that mattered; it was the way they had proved that you could be human yet act in a way that was beyond nature.
Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong
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oldshrewsburyian · a year ago
do you have any books you recommend or absolutely love?
Oh, I absolutely do! This round of recs is going to focus on hopeful books because, well, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic.
Kamila Shamsie, A God in Every Stone (I know I recommend this book a lot on here, but also I cried when I got to the end because it was just so perfect.)
Zadie Smith, White Teeth (this book is hilarious and vivid and angry and hopeful in all the best ways. I love it.)
Amitav Ghosh, The Calcutta Chromosome (I know several of his other novels are more famous, but I just really love this one, with its alternate anti-imperial histories.)
Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (this one also made me cry because it was so hopeful and so poignant.)
Sebastian Faulks, Charlotte Gray (anxious, depressed protagonist is portrayed as sexy while having love-handles, also becomes badass WWII espionage agent. I love her.)
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (look. LOOK. This book is arguably the ultimate hope-out-of-hopelessness narrative, fight me. Also the prose is heart-squeezingly gorgeous.)
Jane Austen, Persuasion (I love them so much.)
Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone (this is such a gracious, grace-filled novel; it’s really beautiful, and compassionate towards its landscapes and its characters, if that makes sense.)
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mxddyreads · 18 days ago
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finished reading: birdsong by sebastian faulks 
i don’t think i’ve ever been so conflicted about a book before. 
i’m not a big fan of military history and that transfers across to my taste in fiction. but, this book is on the 100 books scratch poster i’m trying to work through, so i thought i’d give it a go. it took me august, all of september, and now the last week of october to finish and i really don’t know how i feel about it. 
certainly, the long arduous descriptions of the conflicts themselves were incredibly dull: this i expected. faulks also took an almost lawrencian approach to describing the love scenes throughout the novel, focusing in on the human form in inaccurate and uncomfortable ways. this, too, i did not enjoy. 
however, despite all that, i think i might have enjoyed the book overall? i liked elizabeth and the mystery of her grandfather, and as a historian i also like faulks’ focus on how world war one was forgotten by so many (though the fact this is so overt was at times jarring). i cried over weir and stephens friendship, and speaking of friendship, i think camaraderie is something faulks established really well and believably. stephen’s ending made me actually genuinely emotional. 
i suppose i wish faulks had just focused on character rather than battle and war, but then that wasn’t the point of the book. 
if anyone else has read this i’d love to hear your thoughts! 
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jamesbondlexicon · 3 months ago
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007 Timeline . May 2008 sees the release of the continuation novel “Devil May Care” by Sebastian Faulks
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bespokeredmayne · 3 months ago
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Such a small world
The Daily Mail’s key to who’s who at Wimbledon’s Royal Box Wednesday provided some interesting links to Eddie Redmayne (#12) + his past.
#3 is #SebastianFaulks, author of the British WW1 novel Birdsong, in which Eddie played the lead in a 2012 BBC adaptation.
And #7 is Sam Mendes, who directed the 1994 London stage production of Oliver in which Eddie made his West End debut as a book boy in the chorus.
He tells a self-deprecating story of listing Mendes on his CV for years even though Mendes likely had no recollection of him in his minor role. (Hear it here on The Graham Norton Show:
Clearly, Sir Sam recognizes his former “workhouse boy” now.
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writerswritecompany · 11 months ago
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Quotable – Sebastian Faulks
Find out more about the author here
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biboocat · 5 months ago
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Birdsong is a gripping novel about a young Englishman’s affair with a Frenchwoman before ww1 and his experiences as an officer in the killing fields of the Somme. The graphic realism of the war scenes left me disturbed, sad, and incredulous. Every politician, diplomat, and soldier ought to read it.
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