“the thorn birds by colleen mc cullough, read by greta scacchi.
"the bird with the thorn in its breast it follows a immutable law. it is driven by it knows not what to impale itself and dies singing. at the very instant the thorn enters there is no awareness in it of the dying to come. it simply sings and sings until there is not the life left to utter another note but we when we put the thorns in our breasts we know, we understand and still we do it. still we do it." (as near as i can get it from cd)
the above quote is the last paragraph in the book and is the hub of the story. ralph is a priest who loves meggie (megan) whom he has known since she was nine years old. he loves her as the child she was and the adult she became until the day he dies but he is tied to god, the church, and his ambition to become a cardinal over riding all else.
meggie loves him and knows he will not leave the church. she marries but leaves her husband and returns home with their daughter.
mine is the abridged audio version which i borrowed from my daughter. strong characterisation which kept me enthralled to the end of the book. i have given it 5 stars.
greta scacchi - performed really well.”
“I really loved this book!”Elreemy wrote this review Thursday, July 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While things didn't end up how I was hoping, I actually enjoyed reading this book.”Cassandra S wrote this review Monday, July 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very nice book with interesting and indepedent characters, fiercely so. The Spanish was easily approached, with more religious vocabulary. Nice clean read.”chajadan wrote this review Monday, July 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Powered by the dreams and struggles of three generations, THE THORN BIRDS is the epic saga of a family rooted in the Australian sheep country. At the story's heart is the love of Meggie Cleary, who can never possess the man she desperately adores, and Ralph de Bricassart, who rises from parish priest to the inner circles of the Vatican...but whose passion for Meggie will follow him all the days of his life.”
“An engaging tragic saga of love and loss. ”Ellen J wrote this review Tuesday, July 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautiful saga spanning 70 years”Bonnie Hopkins wrote this review Saturday, July 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my favorites since reading it in 7th grade.”maura oliphant wrote this review Monday, June 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So far, I have read this at least three times. Each time I had a different favorite character, and my reaction to Meggie and Ralph keeps evolving. The author captures effects of guilt effectively. An epic read, but great for a long vacation.”Louisa Donovan wrote this review Saturday, June 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No