An Introduction to Sebastian Faulks’ ‘Birdsong’

Sebastian Faulks’ ‘Birdsong’ was first published in 1993 and depicts essentially the life of a man named Stephen Wraysford who becomes involved in an affair with Isabelle who is unhappily married. The novel depicts the seemingly short lived affair between Isabelle and Stephen and when World War One begins there are many changes that occur due to the extreme destruction caused by War and the involvement and emotions of many characters around Stephen particularly the comradeship between himself and soldiers. The novel also significantly depicts the circumstances and somewhat hostility of France in 1910 and the struggles for many people. The novel specifies the time changes from a past of War and changing circumstances to a modern discovery of past revelations.

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