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Share this Rating Title: Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Won 4 Golden Globes. Learn more More Like This. Ralph de Bricassart 4 episodes, Rachel Ward Meggie Cleary 4 episodes, Christopher Plummer Luke O'Neill 4 episodes, Brett Cullen Bob Cleary 4 episodes, Stephanie Faracy Judy 4 episodes, Barry Corbin Apart from about 4 days in a honeymoon hotel bareback where he never again considers he could have made her pregnant, even when being faced with his own son for several hours a day for 10 years.

Nobody ever says "fuck man he looks just like you," and never once does he think "You know she left her husband right close to when this kid was conceived right about the time of those 4 days in a honeymoon hotel" Oh man I'm not going to go into it. View all 36 comments.

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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 to The novel is the best selling book in Australian history, and has sold over 33 million copies worldwide. Meghann "Meggie" Cleary, a four-year-old girl living in New Zealand in the early twentieth century, is the only daughter of Paddy, an Irish farm labourer and Fee, his harassed but aristocratic wife.

Meggie is a beautiful child with curly red-gold hair but receives little coddling and must struggle to hold her own. Her favourite brother is the eldest, Frank, a rebellious young man who is unwillingly preparing himself for the blacksmith's trade.

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He is much shorter than his other brothers, but very strong. Unlike the other Clearys, he has black hair and eyes, believed to be inherited from his Maori great-great-grandmother. View all 3 comments. Aug 15, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it it was amazing Shelves: Find all of my reviews at: This was the first book I ever stole from my mother.

It was right after the miniseries came out, I was lik Find all of my reviews at: In all actuality, Father Rick was probably more interested in one of the altar boys being his Meggie. I keeeeeed, I keeeeeed! Talk about unrealistic expectations of perfection. View all 7 comments. Apparently she felt the same way you did.

They may be Coincidentally, the actress who played adult Meggie married the actor who played Luke O'Neill. They may be divorced now, but it lasted for some time. En la novela vemos y sentimos a todos sus personajes, sus miedos, sus inquietudes y deseos; todo lo que aman y aborrecen. Sus defectos y virtudes.

Sencillamente muy muy fan de esta escritora. Oct 18, Xenia rated it it was amazing. I think I read this for the first time in 4th grade. My father is an ex-Catholic priest who left the church for my mother so when the mini series came out, the world stopped in my house for an entire week.

It's an epic saga about an Irish farming family who relocated to Australia to help work at an ailing aunt's ranch. The only daughter, Meggie, falls in lo I think I read this for the first time in 4th grade. The only daughter, Meggie, falls in love with a local parish priest who has ambitions of Rome and is constantly tempted by her seductions.

It's a tearjerker of a classic and I'm not ashamed to say I love it. View all 11 comments. Sep 22, Sharon rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Thorn Birds is a beautifully written Australian novel. This story spans over three generations of the Cleary family. It mainly centres around young, Meggie who is the only girl in the family.

Meggie's mother only has eyes for her sons which leaves. Meggie feeling very unloved by her mother. Growing up there are many things, Meggie needs to know about life in general, but Meggie knows she can't ask her mother. So Meggie turns to the the local priest, Father Ralph de Bricassart for answers.

Ra The Thorn Birds is a beautifully written Australian novel. Ralph is very fond of, Meggie and the more he see her the stronger his feelings become. He can also see that Meggie is also starting to have feelings for him and knows he must put a stop to this before it goes any further. As the story unfolds we see the Cleary family deal with love and loss and with loss comes heartache. This is the first book I've read by, Colleen McCullough and it definitely won't be my last.

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The descriptions of the places in this book are incredible and you can picture it all so clearly as you are reading. This was a compelling, enjoyable and emotional read.

This book took me quite awhile to get through, but it's one of those books that should not be hurried. If you love reading Classic or Historical novels then make sure this one is at the top of your list. I read this book with, Kathy a friend of mine who also loves reading.

Although, Kathy read this book quite a long time ago she enjoyed just as much if not more the second time round. A truly memorable book that will stay with me for a long time to come. View all 47 comments. Jun 09, Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 17 comments. Aug 06, Armand rated it it was amazing Shelves: On the face of things, The Thornbirds wears the guise of a romance novel, the story of forbidden love, but that's only the novel's outward guise.

I think anti-romance would be a better way to define this novel. In fact- in this way- The Thornbirds reminds me of the pulitzer-prize winning Lonesome Dove which- I would argue- is actually an anti-Western. Both The Thornbirds and Lonesome Dove find the outer reaches of their chosen genres romance or western and then push as far as they can, fightin On the face of things, The Thornbirds wears the guise of a romance novel, the story of forbidden love, but that's only the novel's outward guise.

Both The Thornbirds and Lonesome Dove find the outer reaches of their chosen genres romance or western and then push as far as they can, fighting and buckling against the constraints that the genres impose, standing theme and plot on their head and inventing a new world of literature.

Both novels result in loaded, epic tomes, like some sort of Biblical whale that swallows everything in its path. The Thornbirds is epic Australian history, family psychology, feminism, theology, romance and anti-romance and melodramatic tragedy nearing Shakespearian ordinance.

Oh, and solid, almost brilliant, use of the omniscient narrator in action.

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Let's break it down: The Thornbirds gives us a panoramic view of the development of Australia from just before World War I through the 's including wars, hard times, the development of technology, changing fashions and styles, and changing culture itself. These changes manifest or appear mostly in the background of the novel which is really focused on three generations of women of the Cleary family and the men who would love them, but make no mistake, this is also a novel about the land itself and how it is transformed both by nature and by people.

In fact, one of the biggest characters in The Thorn Birds is Drogheda, the massive estate and sheep farm that plays a major role in the lives of four generations of people. If other parts of the world are transformed by mankind, Drogheda- which sits on the edge of the blazing Australian outback- is that which resists the march of progress. Any progress that comes must trickle in so as not to disturb the blazing heat, endless dust, dry lightning storms, and the needs of ,00 merino sheep.

Colleen McCullough is the author of The Thorn Birds, and as a writer, she brings a lot of good stuff to the table. One is her ability to report on natural and historic detail.

Whether its describing an army of rabbits, sheep, "kangas", and emus racing to escape an outback brushfire possibly one of the most frightening and menacing description of a landscape fire in literature or describing General Montgomery's army advancing towards a wall of artillery fire in the North African desert I told you this novel covers a lot of ground , McCullough has a gift for describing the big and small in brilliant, vibrant strokes.

Beyond her ability to rend scenery in great detail, McCullough is also very good at presenting characters' inner psyches. I feel like McCullough is a smart observer and reporter of the human condition.

Some great examples includes Fionna Cleary's tendency of favoring her boys over her sole daughter, Meg and- even further- favoring her first born son, Frank, more than the others. She does a fabulous job of blending this into the wool of story, showing how a mother's rationed love will effect each set of children differently, give them a different perspective on the world, and how that- in turn- changes other things and so on, a great domino effect.

Other examples of this psychological examination include Father Ralph's intractable pride possibly his greatest sin , or Justine's total fear of serious commitment. These are built elegantly into the plot, but one refreshing things is that McCullough is not afraid to also tell her readers exactly what the case is.

She's not afraid to just come out and write a piece of exposition stating that Fionna Cleary has essentially no use or interest in having a daughter, or that Father Ralph will sell people out in his hunger for a career in the church.

I think that it takes a certain boldness for writers to just come out and state something in the 3rd person omniscient, but McCullough is capable at pulling it off. While not a feminist tract by any means and that's good because novels that are blatantly political tend to be problematic , Thornbirds is not a story that shirks seeing its female characters developing across the generations. Spanning from proud Fionna who will never question her husband's Paddy's will, to Meggie who starts off as everyone's doormat but who eventually builds her own spine, to prickly Justine who is not giving up anything for anyone.

McCoullough is smart enough to give each of the Cleary woman their own collection of merits and flaws. I also mentioned that this book is an anti-romance. What does that mean? Well, romance novels have a certain set of conventions that go with them, and we mostly expect them to end happily or with a tragedy that is counterweighed by immense spiritual uplift. True, it does have some hot romantic scenes between the very handsome Ralph and a beautiful Meggie and those scenes are tinged with burning desire and desperation and there is a deep sense of spiritual sacrifice for Ralph, not so much for Meggie ; however, without hopefully giving too much away, The Thorn Birds give us neither the happy ending nor the transcendent tragedy.

Instead the end is a jigsaw puzzle of bittersweet riddles.

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It seems, in some ways, everyone gets what they want, but not what they need, and that's not good. So if you always get what you want and not what you need, then your victories ring hollow, or there is a lack of soul in there or something lack that. Ergo, the book bucks the conventions of romance and travels it's own enigmatic route. Jan 22, Heather rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: What was so utterly unexpected for me is that the reason I love this book is precisely the exact reason I would have hated just yesterday it seems?!!?

If that makes ANY sense. I almost feel like I have a different outlook on life than I did one day ago This book is an impressive tale with all of life's elements present It is about men, women, home, travel, love, loss, happiness, sadness, passion, apathy, and everything in between. This is truly the best love story I have ever read, in more ways than one.

Apenas que, no caso dos humanos, sabemos o que sucede ao procurarmos o espinho, e ainda assim fazemo-lo. Vai directamente para a minha gaveta dos favoritos. View all 8 comments. Jul 10, Veronique rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved some, hated others, wanted to knock some sense in many. Meggie, as indeed Fee and Justine, is the connecting thread - the three women in this world of men. Only one aspect made me a little uncomfortable view spoiler [not that Ralph is 18 years older than Meggie but that he met her when she was a child and had this position of authority hide spoiler ] , but thankfully the author dealt with this in a manner I could accept.

As you can imagine, there are plenty of themes, but the two main ones for me were that of Pride and Love in all its guises, impeding people from doing things, or indeed pushing them into action, for the wrong reasons.

This novel is also more than just its people. McCullough gives us snapshots of life in different settings, all fascinating, from New Zealand to Rome. My favourite still has to be Australia and Drogheda, the harshness of the sheep farming life, and its unending beauty minus spiders, of course.

Off now to re-watch said series Nov 30, Becky rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoy epic stories and sagas, big sweeping stories that enmesh the reader in the characters and their lives, and make the reader more than just a bystander watching the action, but a sort of participant.

We want things to go a certain way, we want things to go well, because we care about the characters, and we have invested our hopes in them. Colleen McCullough has an almost magical skill in making her characters real and believable and true. That is what I love most about reading, and I really enjoy epic stories and sagas, big sweeping stories that enmesh the reader in the characters and their lives, and make the reader more than just a bystander watching the action, but a sort of participant.

That is what I love most about reading, and why I love certain authors above others. Where another author's character may be interesting and dynamic and exciting, they are still just a character. McCullough, and a few other authors, has the ability to make her characters, fictional though they may be, reach out of the pages and touch us.

The characters she creates no longer feel like words on a page; they follow me around, pry their way into my dreams, make me wonder how they are spending their days when I'm not able to read about them. I love when I can just plunge into a book and live in it To that end, McCullough even seemed to make Australia itself a living, breathing character. It's described beautifully, and is as unpredictable as any human character she's introduced here. This is the third McCullough book that I've read, and I feel like she must have spent an inordinate amount of her life just observing life and people.

She brings us the stories of the people she creates, but, even though we're following an omniscient narrator, we can only see, feel and hear so much of our subject's lives. We can only reach so far into their hearts for the mysteries that elude us, because, like real people, they don't have open-book hearts and minds.

But it feels like we're able to see into their souls, because McCullough understands humanity itself, and presents us with general truths that feel like intimate secrets. This story centers around the Cleary family and what comes to be their farm Drogheda. We meet Meggie Cleary as a 4 year old birthday girl, and then follow her through six decades of life, love and loss. Her family is a strange, introverted male-centric one.

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Meggie is the only girl in a rather large clan of brothers: She learns early to be self-reliant, because in her family there is not a lot of use for girls.

Her mother is very closed-mouthed, very closed-off, and works her fingers to the bone to keep the household running, because her father has very distinct ideas about the differences between the sexes - housework and child-rearing is woman's domain only, and farming and work is man's domain only.

The two are not to mix or cross paths. This is not to say that Paddy Cleary was a bad or harsh man, because he was not, but he just had certain ideas of how life is, and his word was law as the Man of the House. Their lives ease somewhat after moving to Australia, but with the move comes a new set of struggles. Meggie meets and loves Father Ralph, the Catholic priest in the area. At ten, it's an innocent, adoring love, which provides her with attention that she's neglected in other areas of her life.

Meggie is never taught about puberty, or where babies come from, or many other things that girls need to know. She's generally kept in the back hall closet of life. Not maliciously, but because in the Cleary family, a daughter has to fend for herself.

Boys are the goal, because boys are the workers, the backbone of the family, and the genes that allow the name and lineage to be carried on. Because of Meggie's neglect, Father Ralph has the responsibility of teaching her the things that a mother should.

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