Included with a Kindle Unlimited membership.
Buy used: $5.88
$3.99 delivery July 5 - 8. Details
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Ruby-Books
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: 100% GUARANTEE! Good Condition A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine and cover may show signs of wear. Copy may not include supplemental material
Share <Embed>
Have one to sell?
Loading your book clubs
There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again.
Not in a club? Learn more
Amazon book clubs early access

Join or create book clubs

Choose books together

Track your books
Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free.
Kindle app logo image

Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more

Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.

QR code to download the Kindle App

Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

The Painted Bird Paperback – January 1, 1977

4.4 out of 5 stars 961 ratings

Price
New from Used from
Kindle
Paperback, January 1, 1977
$5.88
$47.78 $5.88

Inspire a love of reading with Amazon Book Box for Kids
Discover delightful children's books with Amazon Book Box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months — new Amazon Book Box Prime customers receive 15% off your first box. Sign up now

Try select virtual experiences for 50% off
Amazon Explore Browse now

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000WV582W
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bantam 1977 (January 1, 1977)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4 ounces
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 961 ratings

About the author

Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations.
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Discover more of the author’s books, see similar authors, read author blogs and more

Customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5
961 global ratings

Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2020
24 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2020
8 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2020
One person found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2014
124 people found this helpful
Report abuse

Top reviews from other countries

rob stirling
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent novel but hideously flawed.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 6, 2018
Customer image
rob stirling
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent novel but hideously flawed.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 6, 2018
Read this back in the 1960's when it was first published amid massive hype and controversy.
OK I was very young and impressionable and the read had a profound effect on myself and many of my generation.

The book, when read today, still has the same effect---- its horrific, sexy, gory, disgusting, sickening in parts and conveys a warped, nihilistic aspect of life purportedly experienced and written by Kosinski during the 2nd World War.
The events depicted are far worse than anything I've read about or seen in a modern post-apocalyptic novel or film.
I suspect that much of the content is based on the actual experiences of survivors of that period, probably Polish and Russian, and not first hand suffering as claimed by the author. That claim discredited his work immensely and he committed suicide a few short years after publication, before we could really understand his rationale after the dust had settled so to speak.
A magnificent work, but I could never recommend it to a wide audience.

There is a film coming out in 2019 some 50 years plus since the novel was first published (I had expected a film in the free 'n easy 1970's but it didn't happen). Some walked out of the theatre when shown at a film festival, while others gave the film a standing ovation, so the composition, whether written, audio or now on film, will always be controversial.
I also have the audio version of the book, 10 hours on 9 cd's. As powerful as the image taken from 'The Last Judgement' from Hieronymus Bosch, an oil on panel painting sometimes used on the cover of the novel.
Images in this review
Customer image
Customer image
16 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Mike E
3.0 out of 5 stars Far from uplifting
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2019
One person found this helpful
Report abuse
Bugs
2.0 out of 5 stars Just started this book the beginning i find a bit iffy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2019
3 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 3, 2019
2 people found this helpful
Report abuse
clive stocks
4.0 out of 5 stars A gritty and painful novel about a Jewish boy on the run from ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 3, 2015
5 people found this helpful
Report abuse