In his first novel since Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernières creates a world, populates it with characters as real as our best friends, and launches it into the maelstrom of twentieth-century history. The setting is a small village in southwestern Anatolia in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire. Everyone there speaks Turkish, though they write it in Greek letters. It's a place that has room for a professional blasphemer; where a brokenhearted aga finds solace in the arms of a Circassian courtesan who isn't Circassian at all; where a beautiful Christian girl named Philothei is engaged to a Muslim boy named Ibrahim. But all of this will change when Turkey enters the modern world. Epic in sweep, intoxicating in its sensual detail, Birds Without Wings is an enchantment.
The people who remained in this place have often asked themselves why it was that Ibrahim went mad. I am the only one who knows, but I have always been committed to silence, because he begged me to re...
Louis de Bernières is the author of many award-winning novels, including Birds Without Wings, Corelli's Mandolin, The Dust That Falls from Dreams, Notwithstanding, A Partisan's Daughter, Red Dog, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman,…
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Has been in my Top 5 of most favourite books of all time for years. Everyone who likes books with a great story, well written characters and loads of "The feels" will thoroughly enjoy this. Birds Without Wings revolves around the small town of Anatolian Eskibahçe. Despite differences in religion everyone, Muslim and Christian, lives in harmony. Until nationalism. You'll learn about several wonderfully written characters, including two sweethearts, set against a background of WWI, the rise of Ataturk, the Greek-Turkish war, and eventually the forced exile of Christians out of (now) Turkey - resulting in the Armenian Genocide and Greek-Christian death marches.
Louis de Bernieres won't just make you laugh & cry, but most of all think. Why do we humans so often behave as monsters.
If you thought history was boring, Birds without Wings is the ultimate cure for that idea. Heartbreakingly beautiful, thought provoking, 100x better than Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and never to be forgotten.