Birds Without Wings

Birds Without Wings

4.16 (13,878 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.16 (13,878 ratings by Goodreads)
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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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 33mm | 461g
  • Vintage
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099478986
  • 9780099478980
  • 28,917

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Pleasurable... Like Steinbeck, de Bernières deserves praise for his imaginative sympathy
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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 *
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About Louis de Bernières

Louis de Bernieres is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. His most recent novels are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter.
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13,878 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 45% (6,198)
4 34% (4,738)
3 15% (2,104)
2 4% (585)
1 2% (253)
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