Birds Without Wings

Kobo ebook | June 18, 2010

byLouis De Bernieres

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Birds Without Wings traces the fortunes of one small community in southwest Turkey (Anatolia) in the early part of the last century—a quirky community in which Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully over the centuries and where friendship, even love, has transcended religious differences.

But with the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the onset of the Great War, the sweep of history has a cataclysmic effect on this peaceful place: The great love of Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty, and Ibrahim, a Muslim shepherd who courts her from near infancy, culminates in tragedy and madness; Two inseparable childhood friends who grow up playing in the hills above the town suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of the bloody struggle; and Rustem Bey, a wealthy landlord, who has an enchanting mistress who is not what she seems.

Far away from these small lives, a man of destiny who will come to be known as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is emerging to create a country from the ruins of an empire. Victory at Gallipoli fails to save the Ottomans from ultimate defeat and, as a new conflict arises, Muslims and Christians struggle to survive, let alone understand, their part in the great tragedy that will reshape the whole region forever.


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Birds Without Wings traces the fortunes of one small community in southwest Turkey (Anatolia) in the early part of the last century—a quirky community in which Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully over the centuries and where friendship, even love, has transcended religious differences. But with the disi...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:June 18, 2010Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307368874

ISBN - 13:9780307368874

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Birds without wings The prose is poetry, the story huge, the history relevant. An amazing work of art. On my top 10 ever list.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lush and unique I loved this novel. It’s about the lives of Christians and Muslims in a small town in South West Anatolia during the end of the Ottoman Empire. The myriad of townspeople’s voices tell their tales of love, war, racism, revenge, lust, politics, religion, and folklore. I met many unique characters, like Iskander the Potter, Karatavuk the Letter-Writer, Ibrahim the Goatherd, and his love Philothei – the town’s most beautiful girl. I also learned much about the birth of the Turkish nation. My only criticism is that Mustafa Kemal’s passages cram most of the politics and war into them, making them too dense to enjoy. They are off-pace with the rest of the novel.
Date published: 2014-11-01