Reader reviews for The Thorn Birds

Interesting, likable characters. Writing style could have been better.
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This book started slow and it seemed to go on forever with a very detailed description of everything. But just stick to it and you will find quite an interesting story. I would have loved this book even more if Father Ralph had returned to Meggie for good and it turned out to be a happy ending. But then it wouldve just been another love story....
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I've read this book several times, and will probably reread it again in a year or so. Don't base your decision on whether or not to read this on the horrible Mini series with Rachel Ward and Richard Chamberlain...this is the read thing, not the pablum of that television production.The book is deep on characters and the way of life in Australia in the early 1900s. I find myself caring for the people that Ms. McCullough has created, and am drawn in time and time again to their personalities, foibles, faults, including the inability to escape from that which draws you...
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A story theat pulls the reader into the heart and soul of each character.
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5-star review based on reading pleasure experienced 30 years ago!
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I've always wanted to read this book, since the time I heard about it. But it was not until recently that I'd gotten the chance to savour this gem of a novel. The thorn birds is a three generational novel, with engaging characters and a beautiful storyline.Challenging in its thickness and its descriptive writing, it took me several days to finish it. This, however, I can undoubtedly say was worth every second of my dear life. The story follows the Cleary's journey to the outback from New Zealand, after an opportunity comes to them. At first, a mite fearful of the prospect, the family eventually settles down and learn the way of life on Drogheda. From the climate, to shearing to problems such as the overpopulation of rabbits. The portrayal of everyday life in a novel, can be dry or dull at times. But in the hands of Colleen McCullough, it overcomes the said weakness and turns it into a highly informative storytelling. The characters here are beautifully woven, each endowed with genuine and raw human emotion. All the personages - from ones with the biggest cameo roles to even the smallest - are significant to the story. However, my favourite protagonist that stands above the huge cast of characters, is Ralph de Bricassart. A catholic priest and an ambitious one at that. We see his internal struggle for a love that would destroy his ideals in mere seconds when succumbed and his spiritual pursuit for something greater.The reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because of the last two chapters about Dane and Justine. I guess its just a matter of opinion because I'd rather read more about Meggie and Ralph - who I'd been following so intently from the very start.All in all, this is a novel that I'd recommend without a second thought. Especially if you're looking for an evocative, and well-written book. This is for you. ;]
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Read this book a long time ago...loved it...a girl falls in love with a priest and he falls in love with her.They do get together, but of course it can't be.Very interesting storyline...makes you laugh, cry, and hope.
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I read this (a couple of times) a long, long time ago. I am a major sucker for a sad love story and enjoyed it thoroughly.
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Listened to from Apr 5-30, 2012Audio Book - I read this a few years ago and remember enjoying it (so much that I went on to read other Colleen McCullough novels). Since I have a difficult time listening to new fiction titles, I've been going back to the books I liked pre-Goodreads/LT and listening to them.The story still doesn't disappoint. It's so heartbreaking, but so good. It did take a little while for me to adjust to the narrator -- not one of my favorites. It's definitely a long one (22 hours), but worth a listen if you're a fan of family sagas.
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Having read this book more than 20 years ago and still knowing the characters and the plot is a proof, that it leaves an impact. The story draws you in and as it moves along you identify yourself with the acteurs. You watch their fate from such a close range, that you cannot stay unmoved. --But you do need a certain romantic streak to like it.
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