The Thorn Birds
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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.
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!
The Thorns Birds is probably the first historical fiction that I ever read. I remember it was in one of my grandmother's Readers Digest condensed editions - she had shelves full of them, the brown leather covers with the gold lettering and I devoured them all - historical fiction, crime fiction, legal fiction, repeatedly. I've forgotten many of those books now, but there are still a few that really stand out in my memory, and The Thorn Birds is one of them.
This is one of those epic family sagas - there's birth and death, marriage and affairs, family relationships are strained, broken and bridged, unobtainable love, passion and tears, and once again I loved every moment of it.
One thing that really stood out for me as a difference between reading now and reading as a teenager is that this time around I could really understand how the characters minds worked. When I read this more than ten years ago, I really though that Fee was a complete and utter heartless bitch - but this time around it all made far more sense and I can now appreciate why her character was written in such a stoic, almost unfeeling manner. And some of the parts I skimmed over as a teenager I now found incredibly interesting and relevant to the story.Read more ›
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 !!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this book many years ago and decided to buy again. I was not disappointed. Great read.Published 7 days ago by smoothoperator
When I saw this book in a kindle deal I was really excited at the opportunity to read it again. Sadly I was disappointed McCullough prose is uninspiring and all the carachterd are... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Have read this book a couple of times now! Just love it and I have trouble putting it down once started.Published 26 days ago by kazcon
I saw the television series years ago, the book was even better than that. a good readPublished 1 month ago by Frances Levine
A fabulous book that I couldn't put down! The story was enthralling and I didn't want it to finishPublished 2 months ago by sylvia wheeler
I bought this when it originally came out in the 80's. Just as enjoyable in the 2010's!Published 2 months ago by Mrs Pauline A Amos