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The Thorn Birds

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  • Unknown Binding: 533 pages
  • ASIN: B001UYQD0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (721 customer reviews)

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Format: Paperback
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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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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By A Customer on 31 May 2000
Format: Paperback
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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I seem to be on something of a re-reading binge lately, revisiting books that I loved as a teenager. I can't put my finger on exactly why, but I have a sneaking suspicion that after a string of almost-great books, I need to read a book I know I've loved in the past, despite the fact that it scares me to do it.

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.
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By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 7 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
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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