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Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres
  

Birds Without Wings

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I liked this. I didn’t expect another Captain Corelli’s Mandolin for, after all the hype and fuss, how could he write an equal? So I was pleasantly surprised this ambitious novel was so engrossing and intriguing. I found the world fascinating as the Ottoman Empire collapsed and I found the characters intriguing. You should read it; it’s good.

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Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres

Birds Without Wings tells of the inhabitants of a small coastal town in South West Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman empire: Iskander the Potter and fount of proverbial wisdom; Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty who is courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the Goatherd, their great love culminating in tragedy and madness; Karatavuk and Mehmet-ik, childhood friends who play in the hills above the town, Mehmet-ik teaching the illiterate Karatavuk how to write Turkish in Greek letters; the two holy men of different faiths, Father Kristoforos and Abdulhamid Hodja, who greet each other with the words 'infidel efendi'; the landlord Rustem Bey, his wife's adultery and stoning, and his journey to Istanbul in search of a Circassian mistress. It tells also of Mustafa Kemal, the man of destiny, who by virtue of military genius and sheer bloody-mindedness defeats the Franks and reshapes the whole region in his image.

When jihad is declared against the Allies the young men of the town are sent to war. Karatavuk soon finds himself at Gallipoli where he experiences the intimate brutality of trench warfare, the loss of many comrades and of his own innocence. As the great world intrudes, the twin scourges of religion and nationalism lead to forced marches and massacres, hunger grips the town and the peaceful fabric of life is destroyed. Epic, yet profoundly humane, Birds Without Wings is a glorious novel by one of our finest and best-loved novelists.


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'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 Bernieres deserves praise for his imaginative sympathy' Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Louis de Bernieres

Louis de Bernières is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are The Dust That Falls From Dreams, Birds Without Wings and A Partisan’s Daughter, a collection of stories, Notwithstanding, and two collections of poetry, Imagining Alexandria and Of Love and Desire. He wrote Red Dog in 2001 and was inspired by the upcoming film about his canine hero to write this prequel.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th July 2005

Author

Louis de Bernieres

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Author's Website

www.louisdebernieres.co.uk

Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback
640 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099478980

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