|Submitted by cassius |
(Dec 08, 2009)
I felt this book was simply one of the finest pieces of literature constructed in the last 20 years. Faulks truly captivates the feelings of his characters but also I beleive shows the feelings of the reader in at least one of the characters. The vulnerable Weir can be found in all of us and Faulks' realistic view of true love and friendship makes me re-read the book in the hope that one day that bullet will miss Weir. The constant discussion of the vast erotic nature of the book also overshadow's the horror of the war and in my opinion the underlying metaphor of flesh and blood from start to end helps truly bring the war to life. This book brings many questions about faith, life, death, forbidden love and most obviously war to the forefront's of our mind and the massive loss of life is made more poignant by the graphic description of the war. To me personally this book seemed more like a diary of an officer called Stephen Wraysford who endured greatly through a time when men did the bidding of monsters. Faulks' book is a triumph and its messages are moving and questionable, which simply adds to its brilliance. Fantastic.