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Against Sebastian Faulks [Feb. 6th, 2011|12:39 pm]
Tony Grist
Sebastian Faulks's theory that it took two world wars to convince novelists that human nature is intrinsically unheroic is a slur on the profession. Novelists- from Cervantes on down- have always been concerned with deconstructing heroism. The big problem for the English novel in its 19th century golden age was the taboo on writing frankly about the power and uses of sex. Continental authors suffered no such inhibition - and Balzac's Lucien de Rubempre conceeds nothing in essential shittiness to any post-war British anti-hero. 

[User Picture]From: rosamicula
2011-02-06 04:38 pm (UTC)
I loved some of Birdsong but generally feel Sebastien Faulks is hugely over-rated. He writes about women as though he has never met one, only read about them in books.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-02-06 07:57 pm (UTC)
Birdsong is the only thing of his I've read. I thought it was competent but unsurprising. It's time someone wrote a novel about what huge fun it was to fight in the Great War.
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-02-09 11:27 pm (UTC)


Get back to your unreal xbox. If you really want to know what 'fun' WW1 was read 'All Quiet On the Western Front'
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-02-10 09:40 am (UTC)

Re: Birdsong

Fiction about WWI has got itself into a rut. Everyone who tackles the subject ends up channelling Wilfred Owen. There's got to be some other way of doing it.

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From: (Anonymous)
2011-02-12 10:42 pm (UTC)

Rosamicula on Sebastion Faulks & women

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