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The Thorn Birds | [Colleen McCullough]

The Thorn Birds

Sometimes when he didn't know he was being watched, Meggie would look at him and try desperately to imprint his face upon her brain's core. And he would turn to find her watching him, a look in his eyes of haunted grief, a doomed look. She understood the implicit message, or thought she did; he must go, back to the Church and his duties. Never again with the same spirit, perhaps, but more able to serve. For only those who have slipped and fallen know the vicissitudes of the way.
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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes when he didn't know he was being watched, Meggie would look at him and try desperately to imprint his face upon her brain's core. And he would turn to find her watching him, a look in his eyes of haunted grief, a doomed look. She understood the implicit message, or thought she did; he must go, back to the Church and his duties. Never again with the same spirit, perhaps, but more able to serve. For only those who have slipped and fallen know the vicissitudes of the way.

©1977 Colleen McCullough; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"One of those books that will be read as long as women love, and men care." (Daily Mirror)
"I simply could not put it down. If it hadn't been wrenched from me at mealtimes, I'd have starved." (Daily Mail)
"A true epic....It's easy to see why this stunning tale has been called the Australian Gone With the Wind." (Daily Telegraph)

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    Miriam Majome Harare Zimbabwe 07-07-15
    Miriam Majome Harare Zimbabwe 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Unrewarding"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe someone without any expectations. I had so many and looked forward to finally reading it and was surprised to find that it was quite boring. I know it's not allowed to say that about this great book but that is how I felt. I was surprisingly bored


    What was most disappointing about Colleen McCullough’s story?

    One expects so much from these modern classics. It is one of those rare books which has the ultimate humiliation of being surpassed by its film adaptaion. it. I watched it in the eighties when I was a child and was still only learning English but I could not get over it. I'm not a film person and I sleep through most movies. I recently slept through the Da Vinci Code movie but I'd stay awake until 3am reading the book. So I was really surprised when the book disappointed me so much. The story was just not as engaging as I had thought it wasd going to be. It turned out to be a very love ordinary story unlike what it is pitched as. There is nothing memorable about this book


    What didn’t you like about Greta Scacchi’s performance?

    Its not that it was particularly bad. It just wasn't memorable


    What character would you cut from The Thorn Birds?

    Thats just it. None of the characters were engaging enough for me to truly care about loving or hating them.


    Any additional comments?

    It just wasn't for me I guess. My expectations were too high and it disapointed me. I expected a book in stakes of Grapes of Wrath or The Picture of Dorian Gray but it falls far short and is just a book that I forgot as soon as I finished it.

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    dmitry 09-14-14
    dmitry 09-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Abridged is like cut from alive body"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes, but i'd turn their mind to the abridgement staff


    What other book might you compare The Thorn Birds to and why?

    As it was well noticed The thorn birds is an australian Gone With the Wind


    How could the performance have been better?

    less exaggerated pronounce


    Was The Thorn Birds worth the listening time?

    Yes, but the story is worth more listening time.


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    Ingrid 10-21-13
    Ingrid 10-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A lovely story"

    This was a most enjoyable read. I wished it carried on longer, yet it ends perfectly.

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