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Birdy [Kindle Edition]

William Wharton
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An extraordinary story of war and friendship from one of America’s most revered authors of the 20th Century

Two teenagers form an unlikely friendship in pre-War Philadelphia. Al is obsessed with lifting weights, looking good and chasing girls. Birdy is obsessed with flight.

Birdy’s passion becomes all-encompassing. Birdy wants to fly.

A few years later these young men find themselves emotionally and physically scarred by Word War Two. Al is called to an army psychiatric hospital to help the doctors there treat his friend, who he finds squatting on the floor of his cell and acting like a bird.

This haunting and brilliant novel has electrified readers the world over. It has truly become a modern classic.

In 1984, Birdy was turned into an award-winning movie directed by Alan Parker and starring Nicholas Cage and Matthew Modine

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‘Will become a classic’ PATRICK WHITE

‘Most memorable… Wharton is exceptionally gifted’ JOHN FOWLES

‘It is as good as Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest… and perhaps it is better’ GUARDIAN

About the Author

William Wharton was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1925. During the Second World War, Wharton served in the US army, until an injury led to his discharge. In 1978, Wharton’s first novel, ‘Birdy’, was published to critical acclaim. Before his death in 2008, Wharton penned 8 further novels, and 3 memoirs. The most recent memoir, ‘Shrapnel’, was published for the first time in English in 2012.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 504 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007457987
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M4F156
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different approach 3 Oct. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Novels on the subject of war are so common it is often impossible to pick the wheat from the chaff. There is always love, death and injury but very rarely is there the emotional impact. Birdy is a novel about two very different boys who having grown up together as the best of friends breeding pigeons and running away to Atlanta City. They then realise, almost too late, that war has separated them turning them into people they don't really know. However, nothing is certain and can memories from the past drudge up old friendships?
This is a book which analyses the psychology of war, passion and emotional damage. With beautiful descriptions of the art of flying, memory and self analysis this is a must read, especially for those that love J D Salinger.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable. 11 May 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed 'Birdy', it was a interesting story of friendship and the effects of war. Birdy (you never know his real name) and Al go through so much together. Both men are very different, Al is all about lifting weights and chasing girls, while Birdy is obsessed with flying.

Al and Birdy are both suffering because of their war experiences Al talks to Birdy everyday about their pasts, while Birdy thinks about his birds and flying. I felt Al's frustration because of Birdy's lack of communication, I understood why Birdy did not want to speak, as does Al, you keep hoping that Birdy will say something, that he will come back to the world.

'Birdy' is a memorable story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Strictly for Ornithologists methinks... 14 Feb. 2014
By Nic
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Stuck with it as I thought it was going somewhere. Was hoping for a twist or big revelation, but nothing happened. Also, it read a bit like an ornithologists handbook at times. Maybe I completely missed something deep, but I honestly couldn't see the point of the whole thing .
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