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Birds Without Wings | [Louis De Bernieres]

Birds Without Wings

Birds Without Wings tells of the inhabitants of a small coastal town in South West Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman empire: the local Potter and fount of proverbial wisdom; a Christian girl of legendary beauty; childhood friends who play in the hills above the town, and the two holy men of different faiths, who greet each other with the words 'infidel efendi'.
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Birds Without Wings tells of the inhabitants of a small coastal town in South West Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman empire: the local Potter and fount of proverbial wisdom; a Christian girl of legendary beauty; childhood friends who play in the hills above the town, and the two holy men of different faiths, who greet each other with the words 'infidel efendi'.

©2004 Louis de Bernières (P)2005 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    11/20/14
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    "An awful lot of description"

    This is one of those books that I feel I should have enjoyed and that maybe I'm to blame for being bored by it. I listened to hours and hours of detailed descriptions of scenery, clothing and customs. I'm all for creating atmosphere, but as a background to a story and not an end in itself. Far too many characters are introduced with names I can't remember. I kept wondering is anything actually going to happen. The prospect of 28 hours of this was too daunting and I gave up. The book has some of the same ingredients as the excellent Captain Corelli's Mandolin by the same author, but none of the magic and narrative drive.
    I found the narration in put-on Turkish/Greek accents got irritating after a while.

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