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Birds Without Wings by Louis De Bernieres. 2004 - Secker & Warburg. For sale is a first edition, first printing. very good used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a very good hardback copy of the novel, Birds Without Wings by Louis De Bernieres, published in 2004 by Secker & Warburg.

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Title Birds Without Wings
Author Louis De Bernieres
Publisher Secker & Warburg
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2004
ISBN 0436205491
Cover Price 17.99
No. Pages 625
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 1.03

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by a full numberline on the copyright page.

The book has red boards and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks other than a neat owners inscription to the half title page. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £17.99.

Overall a very good copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Louis De Bernieres

Louis de Bernieres, who lives in Norfolk, published his first novel in 1990 and was selected by Granta magazine as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993. Since then he has become well known internationally as a writer and his sixth novel, Birds Without Wings, came out in 2004. Captain Corelli's Mandolin (1994), won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel. A Partisan's Daughter 2008, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and his new book, Notwithstanding: English Village Stories, is published in Autumn 2009.

As well as writing, he plays the flute, mandolin, clarinet and guitar, and performs regularly with the Antonius Players. He was born in London in 1954.

Synopsis of this title

The story of the inhabitants of a small coastal town in South West Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman empire: Iskander the Potter and fount of proverbial wisdom; Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty who is courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the Goatherd, their great love culminating in tragedy and madness; Karatavuk and Mehmet-ik, childhood friends who play in the hills above the town, Mehmet-ik teaching the illiterate Karatavuk how to write Turkish in Greek letters; the two holy men of different faiths, Father Kristoforos and Abdulhamid Hodja, who greet each other with the words 'infidel efendi'; the landlord Rustem Bey, his wife's adultery and stoning, and his journey to Istanbul in search of a Circassian mistress.

It tells also of Mustafa Kemal, the man of destiny, who by virtue of military genius and sheer bloody-mindedness defeats the Franks and reshapes the whole region in his image.

When jihad is declared against the Allies the young men of the town are sent to war. Karatavuk soon finds himself at Gallipoli where he experiences the intimate brutality of trench warfare, the loss of many comrades and of his own innocence. As the great world intrudes, the twin scourges of religion and nationalism lead to forced marches and massacres, hunger grips the town and the peaceful fabric of life is destroyed.

Reviews of this title


A glorious new novel from the author of “An absorbing epic . . . It [has] the pleasingly busy feel of a 19th-century classic (it’s no surprise that de Bernieres has cited 'War and Peace' as a model for his work).–New York Times Book Review

'A fascinating, evocative work written on a grand scale not much seen today . . . In his compassionate portrayal of simple people struggling against sweeping historical forces and his vivid descriptions of the cruelties of war, de Bernieres has reached heights that few modern novelists ever attempt.'–Nicholas Gage, Washington Post Book World

'Birds Without Wings' is one of the most engrossing novels I’ve read all year . . . A lively and enlivening history and character study and geography and theological accounting all in one . . . The book’s title comes from [the] gnomic statement 'Man is a bird without wings. A bird is a man without sorrows.' Sadly, as we read, we learn once again that our species can’t fly. But a novel can soar.'–Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune

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