Birds Without Wings

Birds Without Wings

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Set against the backdrop of the collapsing Ottoman Empire, the Gallipoli campaign and the subsequent bitter struggle between Greeks and Turks, 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.most of his attacks were successful, but nowadays, when I think back, I have to admit that l have grown doubtful. ... and for some reason there were no windows at the back of the house, Every time we saw this peaceful house, we felt better ... We made trenches covered over with planks and earth, to keep us safe from shells.

Title:Birds Without Wings
Author:Louis de Bernières
Publisher:Random House - 2011-11-30


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