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Now, 25 years after it first took the world by storm, Colleen McCullough's sweeping family saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback returns to enthrall a new generation. As powerful, moving, and unforgettable as when it originally appeared, it remains a monumental literary achievement—a landmark novel to be read . . . and read again!

Topics: Australia, Family, Farming, Epic, Provocative, Tragic, Adventurous, Romantic, Poignant, Heartfelt, Priests, Catholicism, Forbidden Love, Made into a Movie, Adultery, Sheep, Sex, Coming of Age, Melodramatic, Scandal, and Australian Author

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061807091
List price: $6.99
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Interesting, likable characters. Writing style could have been better.read more
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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....read more
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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...read more
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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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