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The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
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Oct 18, 2007

it was amazing
Read in January, 1985

I think I read this for the first time in 4th grade. (I hid it in my room for a month b/c this is sooo not a book for a 10 year old!!) 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 book spans some 40+ years of hardships they encounter. 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.
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message 1: by Greengirl (new)

Greengirl Lol... Can't imagine reading this, at that age....loved this book too!

Nicole It is too fabulous that you read this at about the same age as did I! It's very nice to know I wasn't the only precocious child with a penchant for books beyond my years! I believe I will go out to the used book store this week and see about rereading this one a I haven't picked it up since the first read.

Susan I must have also been around the same age when I read it. It's one book that has always stayed in my memory bank, though.

Xenia0201 I cringe when I think about the ten year olds I know reading a book like this. I guess you can say we were both old souls! I was reading adult books starting in second grade and I don't think I was ever a normal child!

message 5: by Jep (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jep I found a box of my mother's books in the attic and took it secretly to my room and read it in the closet - not much older than 10.

message 6: by Shayoni (new) - added it

Shayoni Sengupta Wonderful book.
The characters and storyline are well etched and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Jill I may have read it that young as well, or not much older. I just picked it up to read now ~ maybe I'll even understand a little more...

Jill I may have read it that young as well, or not much older. I just picked it up to read now ~ maybe I'll even understand a little more...

Katrina I read it at 14 and found it long and dry... I would likely think differently of it now, but my recollection of slogging through it the last time is not particularly motivating

Steven Great book for this old Protestant. I can't imagine how it might have played in your house!

Carol Xenia, what an interesting background with which to read The Thornbirds! True love!

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