Louis de Bernieres - Birds Without Wings

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  • Born free, but are everywhere in chains

    Sep 24, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: large cast of memorable characters; involving relationships; distinctive writing style
    Cons: chapters on historical background somewhat dry and heavy-handed; protracted ending; significant time investment required

    Summary: The little Anatolian town of Eskibahce at the turn of the 20th century is home to an eclectic group of people—the local Muslim Ottomans who learn the Koran without understanding Arabic, Greek Christians who have lived in Turkey for so many ... read more

  • Tragic, Touching, True.....a Must read book.

    May 11, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent opportunity to read quality novel and learn history.
    Cons: None.

    Summary: This book was lent to me by a friend who liked it and recommended I read it. It is a long book over 350 pages. I am not a fast reader, especially if the book is boring. So the number of pages might intimidate a reader like me. But let me tell you a few ... read more

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