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The Painted Bird Paperback – August 9, 1995
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One of the best. . . . Written with deep sincerity and sensitivity.”Elie Wiesel, The New York Times Book Review
A powerful blow on the mind because it is so carefully kept within the margins of probability and fact.”Arthur Miller
Of all the remarkable fiction that emerged from World War II, nothing stands higher than Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird. A magnificent work of art, and a celebration of the individual will. No one who reads it will be unmoved by it. The Painted Bird enriches our literature and our lives.”Jonathan Yardley, The Miami Herald
Extraordinary . . . literally staggering . . . one of the most powerful books I have ever read.”Richard Kluger, Harper’s Magazine
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This is not an uplifting read. The cruelty the boy witnesses and experiences often defies the imagination. Kosinski makes no attempt to censor his gruesome descriptions, nor should he. To gloss over the atrocities of World War II would be an injustice to those who suffered through it. Though the book is not, as some would argue, autobiographical, events like those depicted here did indeed happen during the war. It is probably safe to assume that the story takes place in Poland, though Kosinski has deliberately left out place names in order to keep the narrative separate from his own life. As he says in the author's note at the beginning, he intended the book to stand alone.
The story actually spans the entire war, taking the boy from age six to age twelve. Over the course of the book, we witness his gradual loss of innocence. He tries repeatedly to make sense of a senseless world. For a while he throws himself fully into church, hoping that endless prayers will deliver him.Read more ›
In response to the review title "More lies about Jerzy", I find it shallow and naive of the reviewer to call this book gratuitous violence invented for entertainment simply because the events depicted are not truly autobiographical. It is a novel. Last time I checked, novelists seem to make stories up on a regular basis. No need to discount the value of the narrative because of its condition as fictional. As for the suggestion that Jerzy did not write this book, I wouldn't be surprised if he had help smoothing his prose into readable English. Kozinski is not a native speaker of English. In fact, he learned the language as an adult. So he needed help with the language... who cares? The plot, characterization, and overall design of the book bear the creative mark that no proof reader or ghost writer could put on a narrative.Read more ›
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This book will be disturbing to most. Very original and I enjoyed it. No surprise that Kosinski committed suicide.Published 1 month ago by James Paolo
The story felt incomplete, and I did not understand why until the author's afterword (included by Audible, and you should listen to it first if you download this book). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Guy in Chicago
WW2 brought out the worst in the people in this story. Some scenes were almost to horrific to read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pat
This novel was very dark. There is some seriously awful acts that happen to the characters in this book. This book truly shows you the darker side of human nature.Published 5 months ago by Trevor