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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Reading it in the context if trying to find the connections that seebastian form the ‘novel’ resulted in me feeling frustrated and annoyed halfway though this one. 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’. The why’s and wherefores, the what if’s and maybe’s, will never be entirely resolved.

Dec 17, Meg rated it it was amazing. I was intrigued by the premise five people, five places, five periods in history. How does the brain work?

I liked the book because of sebxstian of the stories and because the entire book made me think about the possible lives we live, each very different though as the book points out we all are constructed of the same–the very same–matter.

He escapes but is deeply traumatized and isolated by the experience, until a late in life epiphany makes sebastiian whole again. Having said that I did like story 1 and 3 but overall a 2 star read for me.

I also thought the sense fsulks time and place was poorly written and nothing like Faulk’s other novels. This is not a simple book to be done with. To be sure, the writer’s clean prose and even-handed story-telling make the challenge worth a shot. All of these characters are intimately familiar to us.


A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks: review

It all in the end seemed to have been sebastiqn matter of purest chance. The workhouse child Billy in “The Second Sister” has a voice so compelling, self-deceiving and deeply human that most novelists would have been happy to build a whole novel around him.

This review is based on an e-galley provided by the publisher.

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, Jack, whom Anya affectionately calls Freddy. The longest piece in this thoughtful collection comes last. Perhaps these are all lives in which environment provide the ultimate arbiter of life direction. Individually, the stories are all, in their own way, good; well-written, using a variety of styles, variously moving, amusing, touching.

There are links across time and place for example the workhouse and French cottage are mentioned in more than one part, plus the character in the future, has dreams about the past we have already read about. Proof irrefutable, that even though we may inhabit the same spaces from time to time, and in minute ways we certainly influence one other, in fauoks end we are separate beings.

He might never have found himself disposing of bodies into a burning chute had he not slunk off for a beer in the pub that fateful night when he was meant to be mapping out attack routes in a training exercise q a fellow officer.

Time is eternal, even if our share in it, is not. There are unifying gestures: The whole novel is an indictment of the cod psychology that advises human beings to “move on”, shucking off their pasts as if these were a skin rather than an impregnation of the entire being.

I understand that Bruno has had pissible lot of trauma in his life, but shouldn’t that make him desire love even more? Madame Lagarde taught her that sometimes they cannot change.


Jan 22, Alex Harland rated it really liked it. It takes place in America in a time period I can remember, so that probably accounts for my greater appreciation.

Review Sebastian Faulks is an author who I find to be a bit hit and miss. This does not match up at all to my experience of people’s personalities. Faulks draws on his vast amount of research on military history sebastiwn describe events in a World War II prisoner of war camp.

Yet when I looked at all five stories together, I was plunged into a philosophical odyssey of human existence.

A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks: review – Telegraph

When I would put this book down for a oife hours I found it very difficult when picking it up again to remember what I had read previously. A Possible Life is a profound novel; if it lacks the obvious narrative drive of works such as Charlotte Gray or Birdsongit compensates by exploring big ideas without compromising the human drama.

It was poignant because in many ways she seemed to be unappreciated, but in the end, she found a connection with the boy of the family who was wounded in war. His story turns on the emergence of his wife from a year-long bout of catatonia — by which time Billy has taken up with her half-sister.

Aug 18, Saleh MoonWalker rated it liked it Shelves: Some stories are stronger than others but the best ones are wonderful. It reads like a dream yet a dream based in reality because it felt musically and caulks deadly accurate.

As the story moves beyond the war, it becomes no less gripping, even as it grows stiller, a pensive reflection on the cost of surviving, of witnessing. Faulks, however, wants something different. I hear you Mr.