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Sebastian Faulks review

When I was younger I used to be a real bookworm until I discovered the internet and then books kind of took a backseat. However this year I've really gotten back into it so I thought I'd share what I've been reading because I love reading posts like this as I'm rubbish discovering different authors, I tend to stick to what I know...which you can probably tell seeing as this post is all based on the same author! I found this trio by Sebastian Faulks in a charity shop (where I buy the majority of my books) and snapped them up right away because I adored Birdsong, even though it depressed me (I was in hospital at the time so had too much spare time to think, it was just too deep haha!) 

So I started off with Engleby, I hated the unreliable narrator from the off, he was such an asshole and I kind of guessed the answer to the 'mystery' very early on but saying that I really enjoyed it...I love a book where you can really get into a character's head, even if you don't necessarily like what's going on in there!

Next up was A Possible Life, the most recommended of the three. It has five separate stories spanning different locations, years and characters yet is described as a novel which I don't think is misleading seeing as each tale is linked, sometimes obviously like the same buildings being featured and others are themes that I think are really down to the reader to individually decide. That's what I love about books, film and art, unlike science or maths there is no 'answer' to what you should take from them which makes them a more personal experience. However my experience of the book wasn't all that good, some stories I loved and others I found incredibly boring. I appreciate the concept of linking the stories together but I kind of felt the author was being a bit too clever. But if you like thought provoking texts give it a go and if not there you can still read them as separate short stories because there are a couple that are worth the read by themselves.

Finally, A Week In December. It took me a while to get into it and I found myself having to go back to chapters to remind myself who certain people were because there are just so many characters (who are all somehow linked, kind of like a six degrees of separation thing.) It took me a while to get into it but in the end I found it an enjoyable satire despite the dark themes. 

I can see how Faulks stuff isn't everyone's cup of tea as they're not exactly light hearted reads but they can be worth the extra effort. None of these quite matched up to Birdsong I think that's just one of those special books that he's not going to top! 

Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations? Hope this post hasn't come across as me trying to be clever or anything haha I'm no expert but just thought I'd share what I thought!
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21 comments:

  1. I love Sebastian Faulks but believe that Birdsong is his best work. I'm reading Rebecca at the moment and am enjoying it :)

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  2. I used to be a real bookworm too when I was younger! I should start reading more but I can never find any good books! I love your picks though.

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  3. Yay, so glad you have managed to find time to read again :) I am such a bookworm, and love hearing about new books! I've never read Sebastian Faulks though so maybe I should! xx

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  4. I haven't read any of these, and I'm like you: I stick to the Authors I know - but this author seems amazing! I love the way you have described the books too, all seeming to have wonderful, but different, story lines!

    Oh, and I used to LOVE reading when I was younger, too! <3

    xoxo,

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  5. I have not read these but I do have a Week in December, it's on m list of reads actually. Thanks for sharing.
    /Madison
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  6. You know I haven't heard of this author! I'm not much of a bookworm though. If I had more free time then maybe! I read more articles. I'll definitely tell these to my reader boyfriend though!

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  7. I love reading posts like this, I am a massive bookworm so finding new recommendations is always great!

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  8. I used to spend my life buried in a book and then life somehow got in the way. The first two sounds like great goods. The second linking the stories sounds a bit like the five people you meet in heaven. I hope you have had a nice week Lucy x

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  9. I used to be such a book worm too, but I got out of the habit at university. I love dark themed books so I'll definitely check out his stuff!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  10. I really loved Birdsong too, I studied it as part of my a-level literature course. It is quite intense though! I was studying war poetry so quite a gloomy module really. Great post - I hope you do more like this! xxx

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  11. i've been meaning to read birdsong! although i almost always pick them up in charity shops too so i shall have to keep my eyes open! i have so many light hearted books its probably good to read some more deep ones ;) xxx

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  12. I do love Sebastian Faulks but hands down Birdsong was his finest work! x

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  13. I need to start reading again. I love these type of posts!

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  14. I enjoyed parts of A Possible Life but I haven't read anything else by Sebastian Faulks (although Birdsong is on my ever-growing list of books to read!) xx

    Toasty

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  15. I am terrible and haven't read a book in ages I definitely blame the internet!!!! But it is always good to see what others are recommending :) Hope you are well xx


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  16. i'm trying to read a lot more, i'll have to check these out!


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  17. I know what you mean about books taking a back seat! I used to read so much. Once year I tracked it and I read 35 books in a year! Now I don't read at all because I'm always ready blogs.


    Corinne x
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  18. I'm looking forward to reading a bit more, I wish I had some holidays planned - I haven't read a book since May! :( I need to start looking for books in charity shops, I always end up paying full price and then donating them!



    Tara x

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  19. Thanks for the reviews. I've never heard of Sebastian Faulks but I'll check out his books in the future! I wrote a whole book review on my blog too on my latest reads. I really recommend James Patterson. He has converted me into crime novels like you wouldn't believe, lol!


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  20. ahh Birdsong was amazing, I don't think he could ever top that - that book will always stick with me. I'm the same I love reading but internet always seems to come first :( I've bought myself a Nook and all I've put on it so far is Harry Potter hahah, I need to step up my reading game! xx

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