"Birdsong" by Stephen Faulks is a powerful epic not to be overlooked and a stunning portrayal of courage and redemption.
Nothing like a good story, one that keeps you away from everything you should be doing, especially during a busy holiday season. To that end, here are two opportunities for rich reading and great escapes. One takes place in 19th century Iceland, the other before and during The Battle of the Somme.
Erich Maria Remarque fought in the horrific trench warfare of World War I and survived to write "All Quiet on the Western Front." He gives his narrator, a German soldier, insight that, in moving, simplistic prose, expresses loss of emotional youth and wisdom of war's follies. Some passages and scenes, so personal, so lyric, call to be reread several times.