The Thorn Birds, Colleen Mccullough
Colleen Mccullough

The Thorn Birds

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In the rugged Australian Outback, three generations of Clearys live through joy and sadness, bitter defeat and magnificent triumph – driven by their dreams, sustained by remarkable strength of character… and torn by dark passions, violence and a scandalous family legacy of forbidden love.

It is a poignant love story, a powerful epic of struggle and sacrifice, a celebration of individuality and spirit. Most of all, it is the story of the Clearys' only daughter, Meggie, who can never possess the man she so desperately adores – Ralph de Bricassart. Ralph will rise from parish priest to the inner circles of the Vatican… but his passion for Meggie will follow him all the days of his life.

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al mshared an impression6 months ago
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Loved it when I was a teenager (15 years or so)

Ксения Петухова
Ксения Петуховаshared an impression8 months ago
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That's brilliant dramatic story.

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Poor Frank (

Ksenia Kosmacheva
Ksenia Kosmachevahas quoted16 days ago
And do you remember that they say when someone is loved so, the Gods become jealous, and strike the object down in the very fullness of its flower?
b3782190272has quoted3 months ago
After you’ve been in Sister Ag’s moldy old school a few days you’ll see it’s not only the Clearys she takes it out on, but the Marshalls and the MacDonalds as well. We‘re all poor. Now, if we were rich and rode to school in a big carriage like the O’Briens, they’d be all over us like a rash. But we can’t donate organs to the church, or gold vestments to the sacristy, or a new horse and buggy to the nuns. So we don’t matter. They can do what they like to us.
‘I remember one day Sister Ag was so mad at me that she kept screaming at me, “Cry, for the love of heaven! Make a noise, Francis Cleary! If you’d give me the satisfaction of hearing you bellow, I wouldn’t hit you so hard or so often!”
‘That’s another reason why she hates us; it’s where we’re better than the Marshalls and the Mac
Ilona Pantsiukhova
Ilona Pantsiukhova has quoted7 months ago
Any priest under fifty is a target for some of them, and a priest under thirty-five is usually a target for all of them. But it’s only the Protestant girls who openly try to seduce me.
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