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Birdy [Kindle Edition]

William Wharton
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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

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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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  • 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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Strictly for Ornithologists methinks... 14 Feb 2014
By Nic
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and moving 9 Mar 2013
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For Birdy and his childhood best friend Al, the war is over (WWII). They're both invalids, and Al has been drafted in to try to connect with Birdy, who is in an almost catatonic state in an army psychiatric hospital, and apparently now believes he's a bird.

Al's role is to help bring him back to reality by reminding him of their childhood exploits. Wharton achieves this brilliantly, using Al's persuasion of Birdy and alternating that with Birdy's own internal dialogue, revealing 2 damaged young men facing some scary truths about the world and themselves.

Wharton's attention to detail about the pigeons and then the canaries that earned Birdy his nickname is just astonishing. The writing is never over-dramatic, but always sympathetic, and the tale is compelling. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked classic 1 Mar 2013
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I thought this was going to be heavy going.

It isn't. William Wharton writes as he thinks, and he thinks with exceptional clarity. The book encompasses a great many things, from insanity to adolescence to bird rearing to war, and each subject carries an insider knowledge that is breathtaking. Birdy's understanding of canaries is obviously a fiction and yet Wharton writes so cleverly that you start to believe everything as fact. And this bleeds out into all the other facets of the book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A different approach 3 Oct 2012
By chatty
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and surprising 13 Aug 2014
By Grzegorz Mozdzynski - Published on
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Well-written, inspiring and surprising in many ways. I had expected something else but was impressed and positively surprised. Food for thought, yet again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological, deep story. It has so many layers ... 16 Sep 2014
By Carol SHARBANEE - Published on
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Psychological, deep story. It has so many layers. It is a story about a boy who loves birds, but as you read, there is so much more than meets the eye.
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