This week, the book on Ely's wishlist is:
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
In 1910 a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, goes to Picardy, France, to learn the textile business. While there he plunges into a love affair with the young wife of his host, a passion so imperative and consuming that it changes him forever. Several years later, with the outbreak of World War I, he finds himself again in the fields of Picardy, this time as a soldier on the Western Front. A strange, occasionally bitter man, Stephen is possessed of an inexplicable will to survive. He struggles through the hideously bloody battles of the Marne, Verdun, and the Somme (in the last named, thirty thousand British soldiers were killed in the first half hour alone), camps for weeks at a time in the verminous trenches, and hunkers in underground tunnels as he watches many of the companions he has grown to love perish. In spite of everything, Stephen manages to find hope and meaning in the blasted world he inhabits.
Sixty years after war's end, his granddaughter discovers, and keeps, Stephen's promise to a dying man. Sebastian Faulks brings the anguish of love and war to vivid life, and leaves the reader's mind pulsating with images that are graphic and unforgettable.
This isn't usually the type of book we'd feature here on A Book So Fathomless, but I'm a massive fan of classics and World War One/Two books. That and I really want to watch the BBC mini-series starring Eddie Redmayne and Clemence Poesy. Hopefully my copy gets into the library soon!
Chami's book for this week is:
Untitled (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter
You know you kind of really want a book when it hasn't even got a cover, a summary or a title yet. You know even further when you had to put up with the first two books which were awful but the rest made your life. Yes, i'm talking about the VERY CONTROVERSIAL Gallagher Series by Ally Carter. I loved book 5 and i NEED book 6. Plus, i feel like the random guy from Book 1 has something to do with this.