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The Thorn Birds: A Novel Paperback – Deckle Edge, May 11, 2010
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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.
Fast forward 3 years....The Cleary's recieved a letter from their wicked, wealthy Aunt Mary Carson asking them to come to her home in Austrailia and learn how to tend her sheep and work her vast farm. Mary knew she was growing old and wanted the land and Drogedha, her home, to remain in the family once she died. So they left, with the promise of prosperity and a new future. Arriving after a trying journey by land and sea, they were met at the train station by priest Father Ralph De Bricassart, Mary's trusted confidant and friend.
From the moment Father Ralph and Meggie met they were both in awe of eachother. She being only 10, he being a man of 28. They shared a spiritual bond that neither could ignore from the beginning.Read more ›
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Classic. Read and re-read at least once per decade! All time favorite!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
A romantic novel, essentially, with cruel twists that portrays well the struggles inside most of us.Published 3 days ago by Marc Holden Toole
Deep and detailed affect of Catholic religion on men. The power of love and family bonds are the main issue in this powerfully expressed in this book. Read morePublished 5 days ago by erdogan ucan
Epic spanning decades telling the evolving love story of a Catholic priest and a beautiful young woman, set in the Australian Outback... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Wendy
The book came with the pungent odor of moth balls. Put it in a bag with baking soda, haven't taken it out since I received it. Hopefully the smell will go away so I can read it.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer