Taking us underground into the subterranean World War One tunnels in which it is set, this novel gives us a first hand view of the unimaginable battle raging just below the surface. In Sebastian Faulks trusted way, Birdsong is set on the cusp of transformation, comparing the rural and traditional with the modern technological world and studying how people coped with this startling transformation in their external lives. This is a flawed love story, but one which resonates underground when all the lights have gone out. I would advise everyone to buy this book, regardless of their literary taste. You will find few novels so brimming with humanity, in all its forms.
7.5 out of 10