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The Thorn Birds Paperback – September 6, 2005
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''A perfect read . . . The kind of book the world blockbuster was made for.'' --Boston Globe
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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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I treated myself to this classic read that I enjoyed years ago and so very glad I did. Its story is one that never grows old.Published 16 hours ago by KLN
Well, the book is weary and old. This doesn't match the seller's discretion. I like the book, however, I want a better one. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Shengchun W.
An all-time favorite of calmer times when all we worried about were reputation and not our very lives.Published 7 days ago by Grunedda Vautrain
Great book although a bit devastating. It's about a family in Australia and it goes through generations of hardships within a family. Read morePublished 14 days ago by julia english
The story was not believable. It's too fake even for fiction....I don't know why it's a bestseller. I guess different strokes for different folks...Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
An epic story that has stayed in my heart for years. Had to reread it and loved it all over againPublished 17 days ago by Lexi Greene
Wonderful book! Visual! Can't wait to see the mini series.Published 22 days ago by Kathleen Macaulay
I've read this book many times over the years, and even today, I finish it with tears in my eyes. Although no longer with us, Colleen McCullough wrote a beautiful story. Read morePublished 29 days ago by drasmussen