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the Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

the Thorn Birds (original 1977; edition 1977)

by Colleen McCullough

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Title:the Thorn Birds
Authors:Colleen McCullough
Info:Avon Books (1977), Paperback
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Tags:philosophy-theology, romance

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The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (1977)

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Meet Meggie Cleary, a young girl with strawberry blonde hair and grey eyes- she is a real charmer. Follow Meggie through life as she grows into a young woman, adult, and old woman. Father Ralph de Bricassart first meets Meggie when she arrives in Australia with her family. he takes an instant liking to the lonely girl. he takes her to the fair and teaches her how to ride horses. People start to get suspicious about their relationship as she enters... ( )
  Tutter | Feb 27, 2015 |
Just seems like it goes on and on, and I'm having a hard time sticking with it. Kind of boring, actually. Not what I was expecting....
  trayceetee | Dec 23, 2014 |
ISecond time I've read this book. Read it twenty seven years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter Meghan. Yes I named her from the book. This was such a moving story. A love story with a priest. Show even they are fallible. Twenty seven years ago is different from what priests look like today. It wasn't only their love story but Paddy and Fee's and the love story with their respective children. Very powerful the gift of love in many ways, both hurtful and wonderful. This book shows so many dimensions of that in the many relationships displayed throughout the book. ( )
  bwhitner | Oct 30, 2014 |
A wonderful story tracing the Cleary family from their origins in Ireland, to New Zealand and Australia. As the years pass, readers cannot help but be drawn into their family life. We shed tears with Fee at the loss of all that she'd known, we gnaw our fingernails with Meggie as she bemoans her lot in life with Ralph, we shed tears with the entire clan on the loss of those we've come to know and love. "The Thorn Birds" is a must read, and will keep readers glued to the pages as it leads us to its ultimate conclusion. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
A love story to the land, and the saga of the Cleary family. This is an Australian classic I've known of for many years, but somehow never read. And it's marvellous, but I'm glad I didn't read it earlier. I appreciated it far more now than I would have done as a teenager, or in my early 20s. An Irish Catholic family growing up in New Zealand at first, before moving to Australia to take over the large sheep station belonging to a manipulative family member. In many ways it isn't perfect. It feels a little long, and sometimes the random tangents seem to splice into the story for no reason. But I loved the random tangents. I loved the descriptions of the station Drogheda, the beauty and awe-inspiring nature of the land, and the portrait of the farming family. And of course the love stories woven throughout, as family history repeats, and doesn't.

I grew up in outback Australia, so this struck many chords with me. There were many familiar characters, moments, experiences. I wouldn't recommend it whole-heartedly to anyone and everyone, but for me it was a 5 star read. ( )
  evilmoose | Sep 12, 2014 |
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McCullough, Colleenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Binchy, MaeveIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Christiansen, IbTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain. ... Or so says the legend.
for 'big sister' Jean Easthope
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On December 8th, 1915, Meggie Cleary had her fourth birthday.
"If she was capable of it, surely once or twice her guard would have slipped; surely once or twice she would have experienced a pang of something more than tolerant affection for her infrequent lovers. It didn't occur to her that she deliberately chose lovers who would never threaten her self-imposed detachment, so much a part of herself by now that she regarded it as completely natural."
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Sometimes when he didn't know he was being watched Meggie would look at him and try desperately to imprint his face upon her brain's core...And he would turn to find her watching him, a look in his eyes of haunted grief, a doomed look. She understood the implicit message, or thought she did; he must go back to the Church and his duties. Never again with the same spirit, perhaps, but more able to serve. For only those who have slipped and fallen know the vicissitudes of the way...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380018179, Paperback)

Now, 25 years after it first took the world by storm, Colleen McCullough's sweeping family saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback returns to enthrall a new generation. As powerful, moving, and unforgettable as when it originally appeared, it remains a monumental literary achievement—a landmark novel to be read . . . and read again!

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The epic story of a priest torn between God and human passion and a beautiful girl desiring only what she cannot have, spanning five decades of ambition, fear, longing and revenge, and set against the vast horizons of Australia's Outback.

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