The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds

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This book narrates the adventures of three generations from the same sheep country Australia family. It mainly focuses in two characters, Meggie Cleary, who is trying her best to possess the man she loves, and Ralph de Bricassart, a man who will make it to the Vatican but has strong feelings for Meggie. 

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What the community says about The Thorn Birds

  • Wayne Jones
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Australian setting is a strong selling point for this one. The writing is incredibly vivid to the point where you feel like you're there or you've been to Australia before. Also, the character development is extraordinary."
  • Christina Han
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Thorn Birds is a classic of the sweeping family epic type. It covers 54 years, and focuses on the Cleary family, and most specifically on Meggie Cleary, who meets the much older Father Ralph when she is four years old, and grows up into the woman who loves him. A great deal of the book is about Meggie and Ralph's love, and the challenges it poses to Ralph's vocation, but this book is not only a romance, It is also the story of a family, and how the personalities of the family members interact, Above all, it is anchored by Drogheda , the station where the Clearys live."
  • Eduardo Espinoza
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "this is a great romance book and it will keep you reading till the end "
  • Jerry Miller
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This was a fun romance to read that is set in the 20th century. I fell in love with the characters and the setting of the novel. Overall, it's worth a read"
  • Michelle Gibson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Looks like it tells the history of titanic. It might be an interesting bit of history to read"
  • Bobby Dean
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "One of the best family saga book written by Colleen McCullough, it has plenty of love with nearly perfect star review. It has been awarded as one of the most beloved novels."
  • George Carr
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Thorn Birds is a really good example of a book with a red haired character. It has lots of personality and good read overall. This is a great book and something you can read in downtime."
  • Susan Rose
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Thorn Birds is perfect for those of you who are looking for a book with the name of birds in the title. It also happens to be an epic read, so that's a win-win."
  • Patrick Dean
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I remember this book in hardcover on my parents' bookshelves. I remember the movie that was made of the novel. And when I finally read the novel I was blown away by the tale of multiple generations of a family and the love between two major characters. "
  • Adam Sanders
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "It is very god and nice romance "
  • Gloria Harris
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Sometimes it seems that I breeze through books so fast. Occasionally I'll take on a nice thick book like The Thorn Birds. I can read on this for months."
  • Douglas Watkins
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is definitely great book. I can see the direction the author was going with it and it did not disappoint."
  • María de Lourdes Salinas
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "It is a little dull since the setting doesn't change. It was well written overall."
  • Samuel Howard
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I recently read The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. In my opinion, this book was well written, however, at about the midpoint of the book I started to feel like the story was dragging on. At times the writing is overly descriptive which takes away from the rhythm of the story."
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