Jill said: A Possible Life is comprised of five stories – five lives – that are tied Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks The Girl at the Lion d’Or by Sebastian Faulks. Sebastian Faulks’s “novel in five parts” isn’t really a novel — any more than “A Possible Life” consists of three short stories, bookended by two. Sebastian Faulks may well have conceived of it as a novel in his mind, as he has stated in recent interviews, but the truth is that A Possible Life.

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Part Five’s success was somewhat due to this part’s resonance with the ideas in the preceding parts, but mostly it was due to a fascinating central character, Anya, and an insightful heart broken narrator How to rate this book?

A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks: I’ve come down on three stars, something of failks average. Across the yard of a Victorian poorhouse, a man is too ashamed to acknowledge the son he gave away. I was getting up for work at 3am while reading this book.

The novel takes them to the black mouth of Auschwitz, to disappear over its threshold with a finality that is the more memorable because Faulks understands exactly how far he can accompany these children.

For example, in one of my progress updates I wrote: Faulks is apparently a well-respected writer, but I certainly couldn’t tell that by A Possible Life ; it just made me want to look for a possible life in which I hadn’t spent several days reading it.

She remains innocent and uneducated except for passages in the Bible that tie her to her religion without much hope of any other life.

I was intrigued by the premise five people, five places, five periods in history. Certainly there are links between the stories, both implied and literal: The book begins in familiar Faulks territory, with the narrative of Geoffrey Talbot, a young prep school teacher who, infinds himself volunteering for undercover operations in occupied France. The longest piece in this thoughtful collection comes last. Some thought is given at times by the characters as to what would have happened if a different decision had been made, as I am sure most of us wonder about from time to time.


Geoffrey is captured during his WWII espionage work and ends up in a death camp, hardly realizing what it is until he is there. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Fourth we meet Jeanne, living at the other end of the spectrum in early s in France. A Possible Life, by Sebastian Faulks. This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis.

Hari Brandl Have you made it back yet? What are you willing to endure towards that end? What determines how and why we become the people we do, over a lifetime?

A Possible Life: A Novel in Five Parts

We are all made up from the atoms and elements which constituted other people’s bodies in earlier times and the sense of the unique personal self is purely an biological accident of evolution.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. The second story involves Billy, who lives in England during the second half of the 19th century. So I came to approximately the halfway point of the book and stopped. The study of the brain and the definition of what it is to be human is also central to each tale. Her discovery is fictional but based closely on real case studies; Faulks is concerned with what such a discovery might mean for our collective sense of our humanity. That hardship would not have been his destiny, had it not been for the Crimean war that stole his father’s livelihood and sent them broke.

And yet, for all of that, no amount of rationalisation of her feelings towards Bruno can numb the raw physical reaction when he abandons her. Apr 14, Indiabookstore rated it it was amazing. Kind of like I felt some years ago, when kids would want to tell me all the backstories of Pokeman characters. The book begins with the story of a young man who is recruited into SOE as a secret agent, is betrayed and finds himself in a Nazi extermination camp — events which Faulks himself covered so dramatically in ‘Charlotte Grey’.


View all 3 comments. All of which gives me the distinct impression that “Sebastian Faulks” has read Cloud Atlas and thought “I powsible do that Topics Sebastian Faulks The Observer. Of these, the first and last had the greatest hold on me.

Her story is less about her own life than the people she devotes herself to in her work as a servant. It is, as others have already said, like a symphony which continues to resonate long after the final notes have been played.

A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks: review – Telegraph

As an old man, alone, lonely, he cannot seem to reconcile why it is that he fought so hard to preserve his life. In contrast, Part Five, Anyawas compelling, emotionally touching, and intellectually stimulating. Faulks draws on his vast amount of research on military history to describe events in a World War II prisoner of war camp.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A few years from now, in Faukls, a gifted scientist discovers links between time and the ilfe brain and between her lover’s novel and his life.

It will entertain you, it will inspire you, and it will amaze you.