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Birds Without Wings | [Louis de Bernieres]

Birds Without Wings

Birds Without Wings is the story of a small town in Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire told in the richly varied voices of the men and women (Armenians, Christians, and Muslims) whose lives are intertwined and rooted there: Iskander, the potter and local fount of wisdom; Philotei, the Christian girl of legendary beauty, courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the goatherd, a great love that culminates in tragedy and madness; and many more.
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Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Hard to put into words the effect of this powerful historical novel. British author Louis de Bernieres has essentially created a world of vivid, finely drawn characters, whose simple lives will change irrevokably in the wake of World War I. Like the best novels based on real events, de Bernieres' Birds Without Wings enriches the listener's understanding of a period in history while revealing with great sensitivity the impact of terrible events on human lives.

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Birds Without Wings is the story of a small town in Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire told in the richly varied voices of the men and women (Armenians, Christians, and Muslims) whose lives are intertwined and rooted there: Iskander, the potter and local fount of wisdom; Philotei, the Christian girl of legendary beauty, courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the goatherd, a great love that culminates in tragedy and madness; and many more. When jihad is declared against the Franks and the young men of the town are conscripted, we follow Iskander's son, Karatavuk, to Gallipoli, where the intimate brutality of battle robs him of all innocence, just as the town he left behind is robbed of its centuries-old peace by the twin scourges of fanatical religion and nationalism that the war unleashed.

©2004 Louis de Bernieres; (P)2004 Books on Tape

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    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 01-31-07
    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 01-31-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A masterpiece"

    This haunting, stirring, frightening and sometimes hilarious epic is a perfect fit for Audible. The story is so intensely human, the period characters so vivid, I listened to it over a year ago and I'm listening to it again. The content of the novel provides a real education for ill-educated Americans in a manner that is provocative, exciting and endlessly entertaining.

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    Gail San Diego, CA, USA 04-24-06
    Gail San Diego, CA, USA 04-24-06
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    "Simply the best"

    This marvelous book kept me enthralled. The characters are fully developed - I felt as if I knew them, and I deeply cared about them. The narration is superb and adds greatly to the feeling of personal intimacy with each character. The historical sweep is grand, covering the period immediately before the first world war and continuing to well after, paralleling the rise of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, whose biography is interwined throughout. I am sorry that the story has come to an end. My only question: when will Audible offer another of Louis de Berniere's books to its listeners?

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    Elizabeth Kenosha, WI, United States 08-17-09
    Elizabeth Kenosha, WI, United States 08-17-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Please Just Shoot the Birds"

    This MAY be a profoundly good book.
    Frankly, the narrator alienated me with his snarky voice and horrible female impersonations.
    Also, the book seems heavily weighted towards the Turkish side, with a rather degrading view of the Greeks.
    Had expected a little more balance in such an observant writer. War description is detailed and fascinating, but the smug, nasal narration really lets it down.

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