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*Read Book õ The Thorn Birds ⛓ Alternate Cover Edition ISBN ISBN The Thorn Birds Is A Robust, Romantic Saga Of A Singular Family, The Clearys It Begins In The Early Part Of This Century, When Paddy Cleary Moves His Wife, Fiona, And Their Seven Children To Drogheda, The Vast Australian Sheep Station Owned By His Autocratic And Childless Older Sister And It Ends Than Half A Century Later, When The Only Survivor Of The Third Generation, The Brilliant Actress Justine O Neill, Sets A Course Of Life And Love Halfway Around The World From Her RootsThe Central Figures In This Enthralling Story Are The Indomitable Meggie, The Only Cleary Daughter, And The One Man She Truly Loves, The Stunningly Handsome And Ambitious Priest Ralph De Bricassart Ralph S Course Moves Him A Long Way Indeed, From A Remote Outback Parish To The Halls Of The Vatican And Meggie S Except For A Brief And Miserable Marriage Elsewhere, Is Fixed To The Drogheda That Is Part Of Her Bones But Distance Does Not Dim Their Feelings Though It Shapes Their LivesWonderful Characters People This Book Strong And Gentle, Paddy, Hiding A Private Memory Dutiful Fiona, Holding Back Love Because It Once Betrayed Her, Violent, Tormented Frank, And The Other Hardworking Cleary Sons Who Give The Boundless Lands Of Drogheda The Energy And Devotion Most Men Save For Women Meggie Ralph And Meggie S Children, Justine And Dane And The Land Itself Stark, Relentless In Its Demands, Brilliant In Its Flowering, Prey To Gigantic Cycles Of Drought And Flood, Rich When Nature Is Bountiful, Surreal Like No Other Place On Earth First Edition Jacket 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 local parish priest who has ambitions of Rome and is constantly tempted by her seductions It s a tearjerker of a classic and I m not ashamed to say I love it. There could be thirteen million things to write about this book but since I m retired..only 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..an epic that stretches our hearts beyond the Outback regions of Australia TidbitsThe relationship between Father Ralph de Bricassart and Meggie Cleary calls for a lengthy book club discussion in itself Father Ralph says I ve known Meggie since she was ten years old, only days off the boat from New Zealand You might in truth say I ve known Meggie through flood and fire and emotional famine, and through death, and life All that we have to bear Meggie is the mirror in which I m forced to view my mortality.A theme that never got off the ground Early in this novel, when Meggie was a small child in school with the nuns she became friends with a little black girl Racial tensions between the families grew out of injustice when Meggie had lice in her hair We soon move into part II of the novel All we learned was the black family had to move I thought we d see racial injustice stories but this novel never followed that path.One of my favorite characters was Frank the way we discover his where a bouts years later was so darn sad The worsening psychosis news comes with no background story I was left hanging too long Frank was often in my thoughts I wanted of him His love for his mother, Fee, and only sister Meggie reminded me of what s right in life But I wanted of that too Yet so much tragedy no Peace Frank s father Paddy while growing up Sad just sad..Mary Carson sister of Paddy, Meggie s father was one hell of a nice lady ha A narcissistic snake lol The good die young was the only sentence that brought me to tears the scene with Dane was pretty emotional and that damn sentence the good die young is once of those sentences that can piss me off fast if in the moment of grief My dad died young I m not sure I find that sentence comforting at all Justine As unfair as I felt she was emotionally loved by her mother Meggieshe was my least favorite character in the book too And for no real reason she didn t do anything wrong I did like her relationship with her brother but I was too interested in other characters, I could go on and on and on..It s filled with drama, tabu themes, forbidden love, angst, secrets, love, family, marriage, illness, death, loyalty, money, religion, sex, heartbreaking and affirmative gorgeously written master storytelling Thanks for all the many friends here who encouraged me to read this I m thrilled I did
I would give this all the stars in the sky if I could This was simply the best book I ve ever read.. This might sound strange, but I crave a book that is going to ruin me for all other novels to come And this was it Something in my greedy little reader paws, wants a book that is going to destroy me Wreak havoc upon me Do you know what I am talking about Well, maybe you don t Hmph.This story lifted my heart and made my soul come alive I felt as if the characters ingratiated themselves to such an extent in my very being, that I had sensations of them dancing upon my soul With that being said, there is something that you must know and accept before beginning this novel These events would never, could never, happen in real life Therefore, just go with it Enjoy the story Suspend belief Do whatever you need to do because once you do, you will have a reading experience unlike any you ve ever had before This is a story you will never forget It s memories will be permanently imprinted on my heart forever. So what are you waiting for Why are you still reading this review Um Important note I ve recently been informed that this author has supported and condoned the rapes that have been occurring on Pitcairn Island located in the South Pacific I cannot stand by and be silent, and I certainly cannot and will not endorse that point of view In fact, I think it is horrific If you are interested in finding out information, you can view this article that a fellow GR friend shared with me.https www.smh.com.au world pitcairn This beaut of a soap opera has been around for decades for excellent reason Epics have been forgotten 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 to a home, this one exactly does that in an extremely entertaining fashion.Fee marries her second choice, not the man of her dreams, and becomes pregnant with or less the number of digits one has in both hands she lives a quiet ironically isolationist existence Her daughter Meggie, the protagonist until her daughter takes the helm, also suffers her mother s character flaws fate plus genes a maudling story make Her priest Ralph, in what is the central love story, chooses God over his heart The same is not repeated but is indeed echoed in the last generation as Justine, who finally breaks the curse, leaves the warmth and monotony of her family in Drogheda to actually take flight follow her instincts which had failed the Cleary women in the past.There are only 19 chapters in this massive chronology and many events occur, mostly random and sometimes poetic, but they never fail to surprise There are so many characters, all of them, you feel, actually employ humanity, act like actual persons that may have lived There are acts of stupidity and compassion People repress many feelings, for personal convictions than for social or familial obligations we seldom don t visit in books such as these Ralph is an idiot for causing so much pain to both he and his love What does that say about organized religion and the crimson clothed of the almighty Vatican The Clearys, though not intelligent mainly because of the collective Irish pauper mentality the patriarchal figure bestows upon his offspring Papa Cleary and Ralph s proxy, Luke pretty much F things up for the rest They are, however, extremely hard workers and this pays off well There are many morals, many moments of euphoria, and even slight by today s standards snippets of hot erotica You pretty much stand witness to one of the most complex yet endearing pieces of literature.Highlights 1 the death of one of the Cleary boy s via warthog asphyxiation immediately following the death of his father via fiery holocaust 2 Ralph meeting his love at her retreat where she is in isolation is definately one of the most romantic notions I have ever read it is written with the finest sense of what love really is 3 learning what French Letters mean 4 transition from New Zealand to Australia to Rome, Greece, London Such sprawls indicate that life can expand from its moldy origins to experience infinite possiblities, arrive at distal ends.I recommend this book for someone not afraid to having a two three week relationship with a soap opera that, unlike those on t.v., does not insult the audience with romantic cliches or expected disasters The novel is organic a testament of lives that experience pain and pleasure The reader only experiences the latter.