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Set against the backdrop of the collapsing Ottoman EmpireBirds 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' IndependentSet against the backdrop of the collapsing Ottoman EmpireBirds 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' IndependentSet against the backdrop of the collapsing Ottoman EmpireBirds 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


3 thoughts on “Birds Without Wings. Louis de Bernires

  1. says:

    Louis de Berniere has long been a favorite and much admired author but I only recently discovered Birds Without Wings and downloaded it as an e book What a fortunate and revelatory choice that would prove to be I read it by myself then my husband and I read it aloud to one another I felt my mind ignited by its great sweep of research so meticulously done into the unraveling of the Ottoman Empire melded with the brilliant warp and weft of life in a small village Embroidered with the most curious and engaging characters and a command of the art of writing than can only be called masterful the book draws the reader deeper ever deeper into the blood brutality and tender beauty of a lost age a lost culture where Muslims and Christians Armenians and others lived together in harmonyThe territorial and political ambitions of the Great Powers the rise of nationalism the necrotising virus of fanatical religious movements insidiously ate away at the entire society Yet even in the darkest hours and most scarifying passages of this wonderful story there are threads of kindness mutual respect gentle nostalgia and blessedly benign humour shining through This is a book in the end about how we are doomed to repeat mistakes and atrocities again and again because we are birds without wings Yet the impulse to fly remains within us and our spirits ever unconuerable continue to rise to higher ideals and hopes of a better compassionate world If you read only one book this year make it this one It should be on the curriculum of every higher education institution in the world


  2. says:

    The pace of life in the village flows gently and the portrait of its inhabitants moves at a similar pace but they're honest portrayals of a diverse community of less than perfect people but they rub along together despite that knowing each other's strengths and weaknesses and you find yourself warming to each of them and they're way of lifeThis is strongly contrasted by the rapid pace of political change in the narratives centred on Mustafa Kemal of which the village inhabitants are blissfully unaware and become tragic victims of political machinations that ultimately leave them devastated and both socially and economically impoverishedI found the atrocities of war and its effect on those you had learned to care about particularly hard to read and I freuently had to take a break from this book to build up the strength to read of the horrors and sadness the really explicit sections I'm afraid I had to skim read as I found the images difficult to shake off The ravaged community ultimately learns to adapt to a new normal but this could only be seen as making the best of a bad situation and you mourn the loss of community they once sharedI found it very hard to follow the political developments the pace was so fast and involved such a huge cast of characters and my knowledge of geography is pretty poor I found it even harder to work out the relative timescales ie how the political developments related to the slow pace of life in the village but I decided to let this wash over me and took it at face value to no great ill effect The speed of these developments and total disregard for how it impacted on the civilian population maintained a deeply uncomfortable tension throughout the book another reason I occasionally had to take a breakThis is a period of political history and a part of the world I knew very little about so the book was very informative in that regard and I feel somewhat ashamed that I was so unaware of such horrific upheaval The personal ambition and ideology of the powerful few has a lot to answer for in the ills of this world which this book so painfully illustratesHowever it was beautifully written both in its affection and detail and in its starkness and it's a book I would thoroughly recommend albeit with a warning about the explicit violence for those of even a slightly delicate disposition


  3. says:

    I resisted reading this book for years I generally stay away from dramatic books and am not a fan of historical fiction Especially the ones about Turkey and the Ottoman Empire as I'm from Turkey I mean I already read a whole lot of history books about this region I didn't want to add fiction too I finally caved in because of the book's beautiful cover and oh how I'm glad that I didThe best part of the book to me was that it was fair about all sides I think other people whose roots go back to the Ottoman Empire can relate there is still the wave of we were always right they were always wrong and cruel among Turks Greeks Armenians Arabs and all the other groups in the empire Some people believe that to this date I guess they want to believe but it is far from reality By today's standards our ancestors had some twisted beliefs and traditions And very much like we can say about any and every group in the world some people within the same group were better than the others some people within the same groups were just horrible Very early on in the book I was annoyed by the misogyny and felt glad I was not born yet back then You grow sympathy towards the characters and then you see that they do something which would be unacceptable today The characters were realistic for that era and under the circumstances of warDon't go people scream sobbing when their neighbors are being taken away The people they grew up with their friends neighbors I don't know if I got softer or if it's because I grew up in a region in Istanbul that was uite multicultural with Greek descent and Armenian descent Christians and also with Jewish neighbors Birds Without Wings was the first ever book that made me literally cry To imagine my friends and older neighbors go away like that is something I never want to imagine This is a must read for every Turk Greek Armenian and all the others whose families were once a part of the Ottoman Empire It will be a reality check it was not just all wars it was not one side enjoyed pleasures and the other sides suffered It was all Some people were friends some were enemies we all sometimes enjoyed the pleasures we all sometimes suffered Not to forget Brits Anzacs Italians French and the others who were a part of the WWI Victor Hugo has once said Civil war? What does that mean? is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men between brothers? I remembered that uote while I was reading Anzac and Turkish soldiers in Gallipoli feeling upset for the other side Help each other at times Hate why they have to do what they have do I hope never ever there will be a war like that again and the only books written about wars could be written about the past onesThe book itself is also a must read for everyone There is everything; friendship love family relations neighbor relations religion traditions and the struggle with conscience politics everything This was my first book written by Louis de Bernieres and I'm mad at myself for not discovering such a wonderful author earlier He delivers all the stories in Birds Without Wings beautifully At first I was a bit annoyed for the lack of translations of the sentences in different languages but now that I look back I think this added a good mystery to the story Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is dear to my heart as you can imagine I was also touched by every chapter about him although of course being a fiction book not everything was accurate