Monthly Archives: May 2014

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

  • Mixture of new and old readers
  • Vast variation on reactions
  • Different covers: led to discussion of AV adaptations colouring reading
  • Descriptions of war/tunnelling: fed into personal family memories and memories of working in the archives
  • Writing style: at strongest when sparse
  • Responses to characters
  • Comparison with Toby’s Room (the book club’s other WWI read)
  • Sense of an ending

[As the book club enters its second year, the increasing animation of the discussions is starting to reflect the members’ comfort with the notion that constructive disagreement only leads to a more fruitful conversation. A wider variety of topics is thus getting covered, and so, I thought it might be helpful to have a road map of the major themes. That is why I’ve provided the list above, and will do so in future minutes.]

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