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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (May 1 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230196809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380018178
  • ASIN: 0380018179
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10.6 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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On December 8th,1915, Meggie Cleary had her fourth birthday. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dragonfly on July 19 2010
Format: Paperback
This novel truly is epic. The story and attention to detail is intriguing . . . that being said, I found some passages and characters more cumbersome than captivating. Strong, independent Meggie is suddenly weak and obsessed around the arrogant and somewhat emotionally obtuse Father Ralph . . . it became a bit tedious after some time to say the least. Back and forth and back and forth, too much drama and telling of the story as opposed to showing me the story. I don't know, this novel had all the makings of a great book, but something did not work for me, I think it was the somewhat irritating main characters. I would have loved to hear more about Fee or Frank, or any of the other beautifully introduced characters.
Yes, I know I am in the minority here, but I never felt engaged with any characters, and at the end I felt I was only just beginning to understand most of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smallchief on Aug. 2 2002
Format: Hardcover
"The Thorn Birds" looks like a story that will be with us for a while. It's certainly an above average novel in the "family saga" genre, even though I can't get quite as rapturous as many of the reviewers.
McCullough fits the cliche of "born storyteller." She puts a lot of words down on paper, spinning the yarn out a long, long time and with no small amount of extraneous stuff. For example, she devotes at least one hundred pages to the lives of Justine and Dane when what we really want to know is what happens to Meggie and Ralph -- the ill-fated lovers who dominate the book.
I don't find the love story of Meggie and Ralph all that compelling -- although it will keep you turning the pages. The real merit of "The Thorn Birds" is the vivid picture it gives of life on a sheep station in the Australian outback before about 1950 when life there became electrified and telephoneified, and more or less the same as everywhere else.
"Thorn Birds" would be better if it were cut down to about 500 pages from the present 700. It seriously falters when the emphasis shifts from the outback to the theater in London and the Vatican in Rome. These are dime-a-dozen stories, but life in the outback, now that's a tale worth telling! And the author does it well.
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Format: Kindle Edition
So loved this read for the second time around! Perhaps even better the second time than the first. So much depth!
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By mujeres on Aug. 24 2013
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Not only a great romance between people but a romance with the land..It is obvious Colleen loves Australia
At times it was hard to put down..It is a book that I would read again & again every few years..
It shows people loose out on so much because of stubbornness & pride..so many wonderful times lost..
Colleen McCullough is a wonderful writer, creating here characters with such clarity...one can find themselves in many of the characters...on the write page...
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I grew up knowing that The Thorn Birds was one of my mothers favourite books. I purchased it and read it in less than a week - I literally couldn't put it down. One of the best books I've ever read!
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By N. Isles on June 25 2013
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If you have seen the movie, you will love the book! A beautiful love story of the "forbidden" fruit kind. Well written and you will find yourself engrossed in the story very quickly. I would highly recommend.
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I enjoyed this classic novel.....lots of intrigue....provides insight into the harsh reality of the outback in Australia and the influence of the Catholic Church on the lives of the people in the early 1900's.
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Format: Paperback
Looks like enough reviews have been written about how wonderful this book is. Just want to say this is a must read for anyone who enjoys a great family saga. I rarely categorize any book as a "must" so it's not something I say lightly. It has to be a riveting read, a fantastic story, and unforgetable. This book is all three. TV miniseries was great as well.
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