Today’s review is of The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough.
Title: The Thorn Birds
Author: Colleen McCullough
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia
Publication Date: April 1977
Length: 692 pages
My Rating: 5/5
The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of this 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.
I was hesitant to read this book when my grandmother first suggested it, but once I did, I knew I should never have doubted her. McCullough’s characterization is top notch. Her characters are so utterly human, it’s wonderful! Within a few pages you are completely engrossed in a saga that is about so much more than simply the forbidden romance between a woman a priest. There were so many little moments that just make it a worthwhile read. I especially loved the characters of Frank and Paddy.
Also, the quote that she includes at the beginning about how the thorn birds know that impaling themselves on the thorns will kill them, but they do it anyway, because that is when they make their sweetest music…still gives me chills when I read it.
What are some books that you were hesitant to read because you thought you wouldn’t enjoy them, but then you ended up loving?