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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, beautiful saga that leaves reader overwhelmed!, May 21, 1999
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This review is from: The Thorn Birds (Paperback)
"The Thorn Birds" by Colleen McCullough is my favorite novel. It is in a category by itself and deserves more than five stars. I saw ten minutes of the miniseries on television and knew I had to read the book. I was twelve, and the story of Meggie and Ralph moved me to hysterical tears. I am now 18, and I have read the book so many times I have lost count. Set in the Australian Outback in the years surrounding WWII, it is the story of a girl growing up, learning that "The best is only bought at the cost of great pain...Or so says the legend." The courage and strength of Meggie despite the tremendous hardships of her life inspires me. I must admit I fell in love with Ralph de Bricassart; first with his name, then with the man. (I can only hope to find such a person!) All of the other characters--Fee, Paddy, Frank, Dane, Justine, Rain--are developed clearly throughout the story. McCullough is a genius for combining three generations of the Cleary family into one novel! I still cry when I read the story, for the love, and for the pain. The introductory story of the thornbird is a lesson for life: all sadness will pass, and one day something beautiful will come from that pain. A highly emotional book, "The Thorn Birds" is the best work of this century. It is worth reading to anyone who enjoys drama and romance, as well as suspense, action, and sadness! The movie based on the novel starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward is an excellent interpretation.
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Initial post: Jul 1, 2014 6:13:47 AM PDT
May11 says:
Exactly; it is in a category by itself. I read about 40 books a year and am much (much) older than 18. There has never been a book to rival "The Thorn Birds." Advice - please don't hope to find your own Ralph. He chose ambition over Meggie and in the end was dismayed that she had matured. That said, Father Ralph was my favorite character too and, as Colleen McCullough revealed in an interview, hers.
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