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The Thorn Birds Paperback – June 1, 1979
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With over 10 million copies sold worldwide, here is the towering epic about three generations of a remarkable family in the Australian outback that was the basis for one of the most beloved television miniseries of all time. The Boston Globe called it "the kind of book the word 'blockbuster' was made for." The inaugural edition of our Modern Classics series, this is the only hardcover edition of The Thorn Birds currently in print. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book spans 54 years in the life of an Australian family, the Clearys, focusing on the story of daughter Meggie, who is 4 years old at the beginning of the book. The reader soon meets Father Ralph de Bricassart, an ambitious, handsome priest who is 24 years Meggie’s senior. Then begins an unlikely love story that spans over half a decade of love and pain.
McCullough’s characters come alive in the book. As a reader, I quickly became invested in them, especially Meggie. Her young naïve way of seeing the world contrasted nicely with Father Ralph’s world weary perspective. By the time she was born he had seen and done too much; she was a light to him, fresh air after suffocating. Until she started to grow up. As she blossomed into a young lady, his pure love for her was challenged; one of the central struggles in the book is the war between Father Ralph’s manhood and his priesthood.
Readers can plot the passage of time through the well-developed growth and changing of the characters; in contrast, the land that calls to them all, the station of Drogheda in Australia, barely changes. McCullough’s vivid descriptions evoke the beauty and the cycle of the land: from plenty to drought and back again. This dependable background allows the characters to change and develop, creating a beautiful storyline.
The Thorn Birds is hard to put down. The gripping and heart rending end will keep readers spellbound and a little mystified, but never unsatisfied. One of the best novels of our time, The Thorn Birds is destined to remain a classic. This my third reading since the 1970's, and still it moves me only as other great classics, such as Gone With the Wind,or the epic story of Evangeline, can. It's a tale of romance that is gripping and gritty, but also soft and sweet. A must read for any one who has ever had an ounce of romantic fantasy in their heart.