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The Thorn Birds By Colleen McCullough The Thorn Birds Powered by the dreams and struggles of three generations The Thorn Birds is the epic saga of a family rooted in the Australian sheep country At the story s heart is the love of Meggie Cleary who can

  • Title: The Thorn Birds
  • Author: Colleen McCullough
  • ISBN: 9780380018178
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Thorn Birds By Colleen McCullough Powered by the dreams and struggles of three generations, The Thorn Birds is the epic saga of a family rooted in the Australian sheep country At the story s heart is the love of Meggie Cleary, who can never possess the man she desperately adores, and Ralph de Bricassart, who rises from parish priest to the inner circles of the Vaticanbut whose passion for Meggie will fPowered by the dreams and struggles of three generations, The Thorn Birds is the epic saga of a family rooted in the Australian sheep country At the story s heart is the love of Meggie Cleary, who can never possess the man she desperately adores, and Ralph de Bricassart, who rises from parish priest to the inner circles of the Vaticanbut whose passion for Meggie will follow him all the days of his life.
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    1. Ana on said:

      I gave this book a five star rating because otherwise my mother would disown me How would she know Mothers know everything This is her favorite book movie miniseries My first reaction to hearing this story was to stare blankly, shake my head and think to myself, parents have the worst taste in books I grew up on Britney, Christina and Backstreet Boys I survived Twilight I owned a a bright pink Spice Girls T shirt that had matching shorts with white hearts and wore it proudly in public.My future [...]

    2. Elyse on said:

      There could be thirteen million things to write about this book but since I m retired.y writing abbreviated reviews I ll try to make this short This novel must have been one of the most scandalous talked about novels to hit the book shelves back in 1977 And it was a FINE read these past few days By FINE , I mean a VERY ADDICTIVE compelling engrossing WONDERFUL read epic that stretches our hearts beyond the Outback regions of Australia TidbitsThe relationship between Father Ralph de Bricassart an [...]

    3. Shannon (Giraffe Days) on said:

      I ve wanted to read this book for years, but I m glad I waited till I was at a stage in my life when I might appreciate it the most though it wasn t deliberate I didn t know anything about the story before I started except that it s a classic Australian novel, epic in scope, and was made into a mini series or something starring Rachel Ward years ago I like not knowing much about books before I read them, though it leaves you wide open for the story to be told, and absorbed.This is indeed an epic [...]

    4. Fabian on said:

      This beaut of a soap opera has been around for decades for excellent reason Epics have been forgotten and readily current authors satisfy readers or do not, as the case may be with smaller stories smaller lives.McCullough has the tenacity to include three generations in this sprawling saga, and as family portraits usually tell of differences between the generations PLUS the ties that bind them together and to a home, this one exactly does that in an extremely entertaining fashion.Fee marries he [...]

    5. Neena on said:

      It seems I m one of very few who did not like this novel The thing that amazes me is why would anyone give it than two stars I am not into romance genre but I have enjoyed many good romance books This love between Maggie and Ralph was so unreal, kind of pathetic The dilemma of all characters seemed funny to me Here it goes like this.Ralph I truly love you Maggie but I love 13 million pounds and power I am sorry love, we can t live together but we can meet secretly once every few years and make [...]

    6. Nettle on said:

      Oh my fucking God This book I was standing in the kitchen this morning angrily chopping veg and I couldn t work out why, then I realised, it was this book just making me irrationally angry, when I wasn t even reading it Tragedies within the first 50 pages, let s list them.1 She gets a lovely doll 1.5 Doll is trashed.2 She gets sent to school at last 2.5 School is terrible she s beaten every day.3 It s ok she makes an awesome friend 3.5 Friend hates her, fuck you, nits.4 She realllly wants a blue [...]

    7. Kelly (and the Book Boar) on said:

      Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum The Thorn Birds is one of those books that might be as great as I remember or it might have been a real turd However, it consistently pops up on my feed due to other friends reading it and I felt it was high time to explain my 5 Star rating and Tadiana s review of a different book added some inspiration Here s the deal This was the first book I ever stole from my mother It was right after the miniseries came out, I was like 8 years old and I sneaky read t [...]

    8. Xenia0201 on said:

      I think I read this for the first time in 4th grade I hid it in my room for a month b c this is sooo not a book for a 10 year old My father is an ex Catholic priest who left the church for my mother so when the mini series came out, the world stopped in my house for an entire week It s an epic saga about an Irish farming family who relocated to Australia to help work at an ailing aunt s ranch The book spans some 40 years of hardships they encounter The only daughter, Meggie, falls in love with a [...]

    9. Sharon on said:

      The Thorn Birds is a beautifully written Australian novel This story spans over three generations of the Cleary family It mainly centres around young, Meggie who is the only girl in the family Meggie s mother only has eyes for her sons which leaves Meggie feeling very unloved by her mother Growing up there are many things, Meggie needs to know about life in general, but Meggie knows she can t ask her mother So Meggie turns to the the local priest, Father Ralph de Bricassart for answers Ralph is [...]

    10. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      The thorn birds, Colleen McCullough 1367 791 1368 1369 1369 1371 1379 1391 .

    11. Heather on said:

      I LOVED this book, and until I read the last paragraph I couldn t figure out WHY What was so utterly unexpected for me is that the reason I love this book is precisely the exact reason I would have hated just yesterday it seems If that makes ANY sense I almost feel like I have a different outlook on life than I did one day agoch less one year agobut I didn t realize it until THIS book This book is an impressive tale with all of life s elements present fact, it is a tale ABOUT life, which in turn [...]

    12. Armand on said:

      On the face of things, The Thornbirds wears the guise of a romance novel, the story of forbidden love, but that s only the novel s outward guise I think anti romance would be a better way to define this novel In fact in this way The Thornbirds reminds me of the pulitzer prize winning Lonesome Dove which I would argue is actually an anti Western Both The Thornbirds and Lonesome Dove find the outer reaches of their chosen genres romance or western and then push as far as they can, fighting and buc [...]

    13. Becky on said:

      I really enjoy epic stories and sagas, big sweeping stories that enmesh the reader in the characters and their lives, and make the reader than just a bystander watching the action, but a sort of participant We want things to go a certain way, we want things to go well, because we care about the characters, and we have invested our hopes in them Colleen McCullough has an almost magical skill in making her characters real and believable and true That is what I love most about reading, and why I l [...]

    14. Tânia F on said:

      Adorei Adorei Adorei um livro que prende da primeira ltima p gina uma hist ria sobre sofrimento, persist ncia e resili ncia Retrata a hist ria de uma fam lia, inicialmente residente na Nova Zel ndia, mas que cedo parte para a Austr lia e como h tanto tempo eu anseio por visitar a Austr lia A relata essencialmente a vida rural, de muita poeira e ambiente cinzento, longas extens es de terra rida, com condi es meteorol gicas extremas, intercalando pocas de profundas secas com enormes cheias Quando [...]

    15. Shobhit Sharad on said:

      I wanted to be impressed by this book, after reading so many positive reviews, and I am impressed, but not to the extent that would justify to me its heaps of praises.The story was good Though a quite many important parts of the story were rushed up, I liked reading about Australia, and the changing world along with the changing story The thing I disliked most about the book was that many of its characters decisions were counter intuitive, and it happened a lot of times.Except for the protagonis [...]

    16. Kathi on said:

      I didn t read this book when it was popular when I was in high school because my mother wouldn t let me because of the affair the Priest has I was also banned from watching the made for t.v movie Well, a few months ago she was getting rid of a bunch of books asked me if I wanted any of them The Thorn Birds was in there I asked if I was allowed to read it now that I was 46 yrs old I gave this book 5 stars because it immediately pulled me in the characters were so real I didn t want the book to en [...]

    17. Rita on said:

      Sinto que vivi uma vida inteira neste livro Poderia arranjar dezenas de adjectivos sin nimos de maravilhoso, fant stico, incr vel e ainda assim nunca iria parecer suficiente Acontece com os melhores Atentem no primeiro par grafo da obra Existe uma lenda acerca de um p ssaro que s canta uma vez na vida, com mais suavidade do que qualquer outra criatura sobre a Terra A partir do momento em que deixa o ninho, come a a procurar um espinheiro, e s descansa quando o encontra Depois, cantando entre os [...]

    18. Sarah on said:

      Two stars for decent writing, zero stars for plot and characters Everything about the story itself just felt flat and clumsy to me The only character I found remotely interesting was Justine, and the only romance I cared about was between Justine and Rainer And that was only in the last seventy five or so pages Reading the rest of the book just felt like a chore I hated Ralph He seemed manipulative and sketchy and at the same time didn t really feel like a real human being I was super creeped ou [...]

    19. Sarah on said:

      This was a reread for me When I read it some 30 years ago I didn t get to finish it because someone stole it off of my work desk I had to know the ending It is just so epic If you love a big sweeping saga, this is a must.

    20. Fiona on said:

      This is one of the books I scorned for years Romantic fiction I used to think is fluff for bimbos Since I consider myself literate and intelligent yeah, really I wouldn t touch this sort of book Bizarrely, I was not ashamed to read even the most extreme and extremely inane crime fiction After all, we all need to relax now and then Hmmmph Well, now I m older and wiser and inclined to read books for enjoyment than for the pleasure of imagining how people will be impressed when they scan my booksh [...]

    21. Laura on said:

      692 pages of a wonderful family saga I loved it all.e secrets, the family, the bonds, the deceit, the stubbornness, the pride and the love Sooooo goooood

    22. Célia Loureiro on said:

      Fora me dito que P ssaros Feridos era um livro sobre o amor proibido entre uma nova zelandesa e um padre Coloc lo assim simplista demais um livro que p e em perspectiva as vidas, os pap is, as obriga es, as dores de alma e os desafios que cada um est fadado a enfrentar.A hist ria come a com uma fam lia de imigrantes irlandeses com v rias crian as a passar dificuldades na Nova Zel ndia, no in cio do s c XX no seio dessa fam lia que a nica menina, Maggie, come a a procurar o seu lugar no mundo Nes [...]

    23. Mahsa on said:

      .Why is it that every time I think I ve got my life under control, something happens .I know, I know Each of us has something within us which won t be denied, even if it makes us scream aloud to die We are what we are, that s all .When we put the thorns in our breasts, we know We understand And still we do it Still we do it.

    24. BrokenTune on said:

      2nd re read and it still has not lost anything A review like compilation of thoughts will be forthcoming in a few days.

    25. Arlene on said:

      There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, 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 [...]

    26. Chick_Flick on said:

      I seldom read romance novels and only picked this up because the title sounded familiar I learned later that s because there had been a television adaptation of the novel This foray into the genre only reaffirmed why I avoid the genre in the first place the book is overly melodramatic the characters are unlikable and one dimensional The love between Father Ralph and Meggie bothered me it didn t seem real enough and the age difference and the circumstances in which they met she being a child at t [...]

    27. Kelly on said:

      Good Lord when did this book come out 1978 I must have read it in the early 80s This is one of the books that defined my reading tastes afterwards I remember my mother reading this when it first came out She sat in a hardback kitchen chair in our harvest gold kitchen and just read and read Years later I did the same thing It is funny now the Catholic priest angle that was so shocking back then seems rather quaint now Still this is a book that shaped the multi generational tale My husband and I w [...]

    28. Yani on said:

      Aviso la rese a tiene spoilers pero los ocult como corresponde Bienvenidos al culebr n de la tarde o de la programaci n nocturna , deber a decir la portada en alg n lugar visible Estaba esperando queThe Thorn Birds uso el nombre en ingl s porque es m s corto y m s c modo fuera una novela que se adapt a serie de televisi n, no un libro que ya estaba estructurado para que les fuera f cil trasladarla Encontr unos cuantos problemas m s que no tienen relaci n con lo formal, sino con la tem tica en s [...]

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