Birds Without Wings (Paperback)
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Birds Without Wings (Paperback)

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Paperback 640 Pages
Published: 04/07/2005
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Set against the backdrop of the collapsing Ottoman Empire, Birds Without Wings traces the fortunes of one small community in south-west Anatolia - a town in which Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully for centuries.

When war is declared and the outside world intrudes, the twin scourges of religion and nationalism lead to forced marches and massacres, and the peaceful fabric of life is destroyed. Birds Without Wings is a novel about the personal and political costs of war, and about love: between men and women; between friends; between those who are driven to be enemies; and between Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty, and Ibrahim the Goatherd, who has courted her since infancy. Epic in sweep, intoxicating in its sensual detail, it is an enchanting masterpiece.

'A mesmerising patchwork of horror, humour and humanity' Independent

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099478980
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 461 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A more ambitious novel than Captain Corelli, and a better one - Financial Times

A mesmerising patchwork of horror, humour and humanity - Independent

A magnificent, poetic, colossal novel... Superbly written... It is, in every sense, a sublime book - Irish Times

His most serious and ambitious achievement to date - Times Literary Supplement

Pleasurable... Like Steinbeck, de Bernières deserves praise for his imaginative sympathy - Independent on Sunday

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“Incredibly moving”

This novel is beautifully written, heartbreaking but also uplifting a must read.

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“Frustrating: an extremely good book and a bad one mashed together”

This is a very frustrating book to read, and to review. The problem is that de Bèrnieres' ability is wonderful: he can turn the extraordinary and unfamiliar into an utterly believable backdrop for narration and... More

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“Uncertainties...”

I'm not sure whether L de B wanted to write a novel or a history of the break-up of the Ottoman Empire. In the event he tried, not altogether successfully, to combine both. The problem is that the village at... More

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