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The Thorn Birds Paperback – May 27 2003

4.7 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 25th Anniversary ed. edition (May 27 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380018179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230196803
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A perfect Read...The kind of book the world blockbuster was made"--"Boston Globe"A heart-rending epic...truly marvelous"--"Chicago Tribune"Beautiful...compelling entertaiment--

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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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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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This is a truly a great and classic novel. I do not bestow these oft-overused adjectives lightly. This is a story of deep, rich, and forbidden love, betrayal, tragedy, and ambition. This is a truly wonderful story set primarily in Australia, circa 1915 and then spanning several generations to the post World War II era. McCullough writes a sprawling story which primarily centers on the forbidden love between an extraordinary woman and a good but ambitious priest.
This is the story of the Cleary family, originally from Ireland, who emigrate first to New Zealand, and early on, to Australia. The young Cleary daughter, Meggie, falls in love with the local Catholic priest, Ralph de Briccasart, who is a good and ambitious man who certainly does nothing to encourage this love, but who certainly returns it as he regards Meggie as the daughter he can never have. As Meggie matures, he comes to regard her in a more romantic way. A great struggle arises between this love on the one hand ("the forbidden rose") and his ambition to become a Cardinal or perhaps more, on the other.
There is much, much, more to the story than this, however. The novel transports the reader to Australia, and makes that country a real place to those of us who have never been there. This is also the story of the struggles of the Cleary family, as they battle with, and come to love, the rich outback country of Australia. This is an extraordinarily authentic and moving story that any review (or at least this one) can only fail to do justice.
McCullough's prose is simply outstanding, and her characters crackle with realism--they become utterly real people and the reader will become swept away with this wonderful story. The storyline never drags, and at no point does this novel ever fail to completely capture the reader's attention. This novel is not only a classic; it is a ripping good read! If you have not yet enjoyed this novel, you are in for a wonderful reading experience.
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Format: Hardcover
Meant to be an elegant, thrilling, enthralling story that would span the lives of a family over three generations, "The Thornbirds" begins in in 1915. The Clearys are living a harsh life in New Zealand until their fortunes are changed when a wealthy relative in Australia decides that they are to inherit part of her prosperous farm. When the family travels to Australia, they meet Father Ralph, a stunningly handsome and intriguingly mysterious priest who lives near their farm. Maggie, the only Cleary daughter, falls deeply in love with Father Ralph. He longs to return this love, but as a priest, cannot. This complicated love is the basic theme of the book; the many troubling issues that plague Maggie and the rest of her family are interwoven as well.
In some ways, it's ironic that this book just didn't do it for me. "Gone With the Wind" is one of my favorite books, and to many people, "The Thornbirds" is a similar type of book. Both novels are long-winded, elaborate sagas, each filled what are supposed to be intriguing and unusual characters and grand settings. But most of these criteria are exactly what I felt was wrong wtih "The Thornbirds." The long descriptions (there was one description simply of Australian wildlife was FOUR pages long) were for the most part ineffective here. Occasionally, when one was to introduce a character, or explain someone's psyche, these long descriptions were necessary. But more often, they were just a pain. I often found myself bored by the profusion of information, and felt that the author was "describing" just because she enjoyed doing it.
In addition to simply boring passages, the whole book felt very "uneven." In "Gone With the Wind," each chapter seems exciting and the book flies by.
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By A Customer on Nov. 17 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just recently caught the mini-series on TV, and my mom gushed how much she loved the story when she first saw it. I expected the book to be your typical sappy romance fare, but not so. The characters are strong, and very well developed. We can delve into their lives, and understand how their backgrounds influence their actions and motivations.
My only complaints are that towards the end of the book, the drama fizzles out. Too much attention is paid to the unsympathetic and uninteresting character of Justine, and her relationship with the equally boring Rainer. As for Dane, I found him to be a little too "perfect." While he was supposed to be a better version of Ralph, the author should have given him at least one flaw. It would have made his character easier to identify with. The whole reason why Ralph worked so well was because he was a flawed human being, and struggled his entire life to reconcile that reality with his desire for perfection. Although, it did seem as the author tried to make him a superfluous character at end. She drifted away from the main story of Meggie and Ralph.
All in all though, The Thorn Birds is a great book, very descriptive and emotionally involving.
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