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Os Pássaros

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Você conhece o filme. É um dos maiores clássicos de Alfred Hitchcock, de 1963. Nos créditos, consta que a história é baseada no conto “Os Pássaros”, de Daphne du Marier, escritora que o mestre do suspense já havia adaptado antes. Quase trinta anos após seu lançamento, o romance de Frank Baker ganharia repercussão quando o autor ameaçou processar Hitchcock e Daphne Du Mauri ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 28th 2016 by DarkSide Books (first published 1936)
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Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: valancourt, literary
Originally published in 1936, Frank Baker's novel, THE BIRDS, predated Alfred Hitchcock's movie by 27 years. Whether or not this was the inspiration behind the famous 1963 film remains under debate.

This literary novel begins with an elderly Father who decides to finally tell his daughter, Anna, of what life was like "before the birds came". The writing in THE BIRDS is simply beautiful--in parts, almost poetic in nature. Baker details society in London that is not all that different in theory fro
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you good to birds? You better be!

Strange they are, these birds in Frank Baker’s novel. I bought the book after I read the novella of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. I became curious because there were rumours flying that du Maurier copied from Baker, and consequently Hitchcock did so as well when he released his film which is attributed to du Maurier, although the film’s plot is pretty far from du Maurier’s narrative, but contains some elements from Baker too... or whatever. Things get e
Michael Fierce
Though I much prefer this cover edition:

...the edition I chose on GR is the one to get because of what it says here:

Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in 1936, this novel is a satisfying missing link between H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds and the novels of John Wyndham in the British end-of-the-world science fiction subgenre. While I was expecting a pleasantly silly diversion (like another 1930s British sci-fi novel I recently read: Vampires Overhead, by Alan Hyder), this actually turned out to be a surprisingly thoughtful novel. Save the overall premise of birds turning on humanity, the novel is completely unrelated to ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scholars and students
Shelves: apocalypse
This is one of those future-of-the-past books that give you a historical perspective on our current apocalyptic malaise. Published in 1936, it was allegedly an inspiration for Hitchcock's movie (I always thought it was Daphne du Maurier's story of the same title but apparently there was some controversy about it). In any case, in Baker's novel strange birds attack London, civilization crumbles, but the protagonist ends up living happily in the countryside without such unnecessary technological f ...more
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Fishface by: Shelfari
A great, utterly absorbing little book. I can easily see why the author wanted compensation after Alfred Hitchcock made a movie of the same name! In some important ways the book is very, very close to the movie, but in a lot of other important ways they have nothing to do with each other. This is a philosophical meditation on the time, at least 50 years before the book begins, when the birds came and ended civilization as we know it. Beautifully and thoughtfully written.
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Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Londres de 1935 é uma cidade cosmopolita e moderna até onde sua antiga e charmosa arquitetura lhe permite ser. Pessoas vem e vão todos os dias nos metrôs e bondes vivendo a vida um dia de cada vez sem se preocupar com o futuro, tão somente levando os esportes a sério. Até que, em mais um dia comum desses, seres emplumados voadores aparecem inesperadamente pela cidade.

Os pássaros, um número muito maior do que até então costumavam ser vistos, a princípio apenas observam a cidade e sua população,
Simone GAndrade
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Se você espera encontrar suspense, terror ou algo parecido esqueça!!! O livro os pássaros trás uma abordagem mais reflexiva, num clima pós-guerra mundial, o personagem central um senhor de certa idade narra depois de muita relutância a sua filha, lembranças vividas numa velha Londres obscurecida com a chegada dos pássaros, um marco importante de mudança e reviravolta em sua vida. Os pássaros remetem a um significado mais profundo da verdadeira natureza humana com todos seus demônios internos, po ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if this would appeal more to followers of Ted Kaczynski or Ross Douthat but the narrator's voice echoes loudly in the anti-civ rabblerousing of today. The re-emergence of a green and pleasant True Britain after the removal of industrial society is the core of the cozy catastrophes of twenty years later, but it's striking to see it so well-developed this early (if ironic that the German movement dreadfully foreshadowed at some points in the novel had the same imaginary). If only Rob Youn ...more
André  Farias Silva
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
livro maravilhoso resenha no Instagram @andre199seis
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story but I had to keep pushing myself to finish it.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
É um livro metafórico e que detalha mais os cenários e os sentimentos do protagonista do que o ataque dos pássaros em si.
Um daqueles casos em que o filme é melhor que o livro (mesmo que sejam totalmente diferentes um do outro).
Joseph Patchen
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing read that while at times appears to meander, catches up to itself for a compelling read.
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric and horrific. I was surprised by the tangents of social commentary and how well they fit into the narrative story. Provocative as to its implications to the metaphysical realm as well.
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Frank Baker was born in Hornsey, London in 1908. He was educated at Winchester Cathedral School, where he enjoyed singing in Cathedral choir. He seems to have inherited a love of music from his grandfather who played the organ at Alexandra Palace. As a young man Frank went into his father's business of marine insurance in the City of London, before leaving after five years to spend a year working ...more
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