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The Thorn Birds

McCullough, Colleen (Book - 1977)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Thorn Birds
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"This is the chronicle of three generations of Clearys, ranchers carving lives from a beautiful, hard land while contending with the bitterness, frailty, and secrets that penetrate their family. Most of all, it is the story of only daughter Meggie and her lifelong relatonship with the haunted priest Father Ralph de Bricassart"--Cover p. [4].
Authors: McCullough, Colleen, 1937-
Title: The thorn birds
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Avon Books, 1977
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 673 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Colleen McCullough
Summary: "This is the chronicle of three generations of Clearys, ranchers carving lives from a beautiful, hard land while contending with the bitterness, frailty, and secrets that penetrate their family. Most of all, it is the story of only daughter Meggie and her lifelong relatonship with the haunted priest Father Ralph de Bricassart"--Cover p. [4].
ISBN: 9780060837556
0060837551
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCCULLOUG 1977
Subject Headings: Australia Fiction Clergy Fiction Man-woman relationships Australia Fiction Catholic Church Australia Clergy Fiction
Genre/Form: Religious fiction
Love stories
Historical fiction
Topical Term: Clergy
Man-woman relationships
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This is the chronicle of three generations of Clearys, ranchers carving lives from a beautiful, hard land while contending with the bitterness, frailty, and secrets that penetrate their family.


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Sep 04, 2012
  • villapark rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Perhaps a guilty pleasure, but I must admit I enjoyed reading this classic.

Sep 07, 2011
  • kstiles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I always enjoy a big, sweeping epic although I thought some parts dragged. But I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

Mar 05, 2011
  • dragonsnakes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this novel, but did not enjoyed McCullough's other novels.

Well, what can I say? I started reading it because it was recommended to me, and I couldn't stop. It may be because I love books like these, stories about families and how they work and people's relationships. But what's special about this one, and what makes it interesting is the amount of scandals there are. The characters are gutsy, but sometimes very vulnerable, and since you stay with them for the duration of their lives, this makes for an interesting combination and an interesting read. I am not a big fan of descriptions of settings in books, and this one had some, but not enough to bother me, which really worked well. I would recommend it to people who love classics, but want to read something slightly less known.

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The large Cleary family leaves their home in New Zealand to live and work on an Australian sheep ranch. Single-minded daughter Meggie Cleary grows up and falls in love with the local priest Father Ralph.

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