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The Thorn Birds

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Publisher
Harper & Row
Language
English
Pages
533

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The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of t his century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their seven children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister; and it ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, sets a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

the central figures in this enthralling story are the indomitable Meggie, the only Cleary daughter, and the one man she truly loves, the stunningly handsome and ambitious priest Ralph de Bricassart. Ralph's course moves him a long way indeed, from a remote Outback parish to the halls of the Vatican; and Meggie's except for a brief and miserable marriage elsewhere, is fixed to the Drogheda that is part of her bones - but distance does not dim their feelings though it shapes their lives.

Wonderful characters people this book; strong and gentle, Paddy, hiding a private memory; dutiful Fiona, holding back love because it once betrayed her, violent, tormented Frank, and the other hardworking Cleary sons who give the boundless lands of Drogheda the energy and devotion most men save for women; Meggie; Ralp; and Meggie's children, Justine and Dane. And the land itself; stark, relentless in its demands, brilliant in its flowering, prey to gigantic cycles of drought and flood, rich when nature is bountiful, surreal like no other place on earth.

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The Thorn Birds
2005, HarperCollins Publishers
Paperback in English - printing (1)
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The Thorn Birds
2005, HarperCollins Publishers
Paperback in English - printing (1)
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The Thorn Birds
2003-06, Perfectbound
Electronic resource in English - 25th Anniversary Edition
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The Thorn Birds
2002?, Paw Prints (Avon Books)
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The Thorn Birds
December 16, 1999, Longman
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Poyuschie v ternovnike
1999, AST
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Les oiseaux se cachent pour mourir
1986-09, Pierre Belfond
Paperback in French
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The Thorn Birds
1978-06, Avon
Mass Market Paperback in English - First Avon printing
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The Thorn Birds
1978-06, Avon
Mass Market Paperback in English - Twenty-fifth Avon printing
Cover of: The Thorn Birds
The Thorn Birds
1977, Harper & Row
Hardcover in English - printing (4)
Cover of: The Thorn Birds
The Thorn Birds
1977, Harper & Row
Hardcover in English - printing (10)

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New York

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction.
Copyright Date
1977

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
823
Library of Congress
PR9619.3.M32 T5 1977, PR9619.3.M32T5 1977

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
533 p. ;
Number of pages
533

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL4893329M
Internet Archive
thornbirds0000mccu_v9g3
ISBN 10
0060129565
ISBN 13
9780060129569
LC Control Number
76026271
OCLC/WorldCat
439377767, 1222883320
Library Thing
35237
Goodreads
830795
43224252

Work Description

The Thorn Birds is a 1977 best-selling novel by Australian author Colleen McCullough. Set primarily on Drogheda – a fictional sheep station in the Australian Outback named after Drogheda, Ireland – the story focuses on the Cleary family and spans the years 1915 to 1969.

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On December 8th, 1915, Meggie Cleary had her fourth birthday.
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