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The Goat writes, "Some books have made a huge impact on my life." It's true. It wasn't until the b3ta mods read the Flashman novels that we changed from mild-mannered computer operators into heavily-whiskered copulators, poltroons and all round bastards in a well-known cavalry regiment.

What books have changed the way you think, the way you live, or just gave you a rollicking good time?

Friendly hint: A bit of background rather than just a bunch of book titles would make your stories more readable

(, Thu 15 May 2008, 15:11)
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Birdsong
by Sebastian Faulks

Amazing book and an amazing author (not just becuase he has almost the same last name as mine).

Really moving and extremely well written. If you're into WW1 then you have to read this book. If you aren't into WW1 then read it the fuck anyway.







It also has a sex scene
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 15:42, closed)
Faulk off
Nowhere near as good as Pat Barker's Regeneration, on whose back he rode to success.
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 15:45, closed)
will have to read that one then :)

(, Thu 15 May 2008, 15:46, closed)
Yeah
it's a good book!

What kind of person is 'into' WW1?

"I like fast cars, foreign cinema, Gordon Ramsay and I proper love World War I."
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 15:52, closed)
If you like that
try "A soldier of the great war" by (i'll edit later). I always thought that Birdsong was a bit of a rip-off of it.

And yes, "Regeneration" is very good, but the 2 follow ups, "The eye in the door" and "The ghost road" are not so good.
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 15:54, closed)
Read Charlotte Grey
It's the next one in the series - the film by no means does it justice and there are wonderful connections with Birdsong - nothing screamingly obvious, just beautiful asides.
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 16:00, closed)
I agree
I know what you mean when you say "into WW1", I find the history and that period fascinating. It's a brilliant read and I will be looking up these other books that people such as Frankspencer have mentioned.
@Chickenlady, relating to last weeks question, one of my most treasured possessions is a signed copy of Charlotte Grey. My aunt knew I loved birdsong and that there would be no point in buying me another copy so she bought me CG and got the man himself to sign it.
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 16:45, closed)
I think I preferred Birdsong to Charlotte Grey
But they're both very good. Beautifully written. And so very sad.



And the sex scenes in the first part of Birdsong are excellent.
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 17:18, closed)
Birdsong
I have to agree, Birdsong is an absolutely amazing read, I thought it was a little slow to start of with but within a few chapters I was hooked (and yes the sex scene's ain't bad). Not read Charlotte Grey yet but I definitely will soon!
(, Fri 16 May 2008, 12:43, closed)

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