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The Thorn Birds (Virago Modern Classics) Hardcover – 16 Oct 1980
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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’)
DAILY TELEGRAPH (*'Excellent’) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
* The Australian answer to GONE WITH THE WIND
* 'One of the biggest-selling, most widely read books in the history of fiction' Observer
Top customer reviews
Its an epic family saga set in the Australian Outback involving a very handsome priest Ralph and Meggie and a life/love spanning many decades. It deals with a priest torn between his passionate love for Meggie Cleary and his ambition to rise to the inner circle of the Vatican. He sacrifices one for the other but never quite achieves the happiness and satisfaction he should have. In the meantime Ralph has spoiled Meggie for all other men and she has to deal with this sacrifice in the outback and marries a man she doesn't love which ends unhappily.
The book gives a real insight into the hardships faced by farmers in the outback. The back breaking work, the climate, the deadly extremes in weather and how that can impact the harvest and making a living. The loneliness of the outback and it's beauty is also there.
A tragic love story but with hope for the future generation. Loved it
I did wonder what the Vatican thought of this book?