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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (16 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582418232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582418233
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAILY MAIL ('One of the biggest-selling, most widely read books in the history of fiction')

OBSERVER ('A true epic. . . It's easy to see why this stunning tale has been called the Australian Gone With The Wind')

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* The Australian answer to GONE WITH THE WIND. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. Madden on 12 May 2010
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Note that my title says 'MY favourite ever book'; not the best ever book. I was given this by an aunt of mine when I was sick in Ireland with pneumonia, when I was 14. Never since has a book moved me as much inasmuch as the story is incredible.

From a catholic background it was easy to identify with all the religious stuff in the book but don't let that put you off. It's obvious I think that the author is a bit anti-catholic; she would never have dared to write such a story otherwise.

It's a sprawling family saga set in all corners of the globe, beginning in the 1920s and ending in the 60s/70s. There are compelling realtionships, love stories, class divides, wonderful characterisations (PLEASE ignore the TV series; it does it no justice whatsover and I fear that is what induced the negative reviews). This author hasn't written anything of this standard since and I doubt I will ever read anything of this standard by anyone else ever again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Modupe Oriyomi on 12 April 2010
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I have put off reading the thorns birds for so long it just sat on my shelf. The first time I tried to read the thorn birds, I felt the description of the land became too much for me to handle, please do not be put off by this as the plot is a quick moving one. The second time I tried to read it and it was so enjoyable and in 5 days finished it. Don't be fooled by the 573 pages. It is a very long book, but it was amazing. This is a family saga and not just about meggie and ralph, you get to here of her brothers, parents, foolish husband Luke and her aunt (who I loved hating in the novel); it is a wonderfully moving story of love, loss, land and most importantly pride. The best part I loved about the novel is the way priests were portrayed, they were shown that priests were man first, then priest therefore they will fall to the temptations of the flesh. Most books would have portrayed priests to be "holier than thou" but in The Thorn Birds, they are shown to be human who are tempted but try as hard as possible to get back on the wagon when they fall into temptation. It is a beautiful book and I recommend it to all.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2000
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It isn't often that I read a book and find myself lost for words afterwards. Somehow, Colleen McCullough draws you inside the story, so you don't just read it, YOU LIVE IT!
This is a not a book to be parted with once it has been read, but instead it is one that you are likely to put away and read again and again. An absolute must for every bookshelf! QUITE BRILLIANT!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan 2000
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I dont know if I fell in love more with the characters or the vivid descriptions of the Australian outback in this compelling read. A charming and moving story following the Cleary family as they move through life.
The Catholic church and its mystical hold over the whole community and indeed its influence over the matriach Mary Carson is formiddable and is played out time and time again as the story progresses.
I adore this book and had to purchase another copy as my original has been read so much it had fallen apart !!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By msboatlady on 15 July 2011
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This is a great book.I have read it 2 or three times.I bought this copy for my daughter to read and just as well that I read the preview by Maeve Binchy because she gives the whole story away in her review.A great book but don't read the review
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan on 10 Dec 2010
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This book may be over 30 years old, but it still grabs me like it did the first time I read it as a teenager. I remember the first time I read it, I couldn't put it down.
It tells the story of the Cleary family and their life on their aunt's homestead, Drogheda, in Australia and follows Meggie's life from early childhood
to old age and her passion for Father Ralph. This book seems to bridge the generations as now my Mother and Daughter love it just as much as I do.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug 2001
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I first read this book ten years ago, and since then I've reread it twice. The first time I read it, I thought it was the most amazing book ever. I cancelled everything just so I could sit and read undisturbed. I felt lost when I finished it. The second and third times I read it, I guess I recognized that the writing was a little wooden and melodramatic. But hey, who cares? It's still an experience to read it. I ususally hate big rambling sagas, but this is fantastic storytelling, and demands to be read quickly and compulsively. Incidentally, the last time I read it, i was actually living in Australia, and I found that it really captured the look and feel of the New South Wales bush. I'm sure my dog-eared edition will be read many more times - I only wish that I could read it for the first time again!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan 2004
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This is a stunning book with a gripping story.The central characters are Megan,and Father Ralph de Bricasart.Megan emigrates at the age of ten with her family to live on Aunt Marys sheep station in the outback.Father Ralph guides Megan through some of the traumas and disasters in her family and becomes a very close friend.Megan falls in love with the priest....but wicked and jealous Aunt Mary writes a will that gives Father Ralph a choice that he has to live with for the rest of his life.........
The Thorn Birds is a truly wonderfull and beautifully written story.It is written with great empathy for the central characters and spans through the years to end with Megans daughter Justine.It is a book that one cannot put down and a delightfull joy to read.....I recomend this book highly and have never found a story so compelling as The Thorn Birds since.......
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