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My favourite ever book.,
This review is from: The Thorn Birds (Virago Modern Classics) (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.