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12 September 2012

Colleen McCullough: The Thornbirds

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An Australian Classic for my bookshelf
Thanks to a Harper Collins price reduction I bought a copy of The Thorn Birds for my Kindle Classics bookshelf. I read it when it was released in the late 1970's and was impressed with the quality of McCullough's work and her outstanding prose. I am an Aussie and she described the local background and characters so accurately and passionately. The story is a description of the attitudes at that time to relationships and to the Catholic Church - some have changed and others haven't. I look forward to reading it again.

It is now part of my small collection of outstanding books that are now on my modern classics Kindle bookshelf.  It will join Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, The Winds of War by Herman Wouk, God is an Englishman by R F Delderfield, Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth and a few others. I also added the full WWII memoirs by Winston Churchill when they were $1.99 each as Kindle Daily Deals (what a bargain for an outstanding and detailed and brilliantly written personal account of WWII from Churchill's perspective). Some day soon I will add a couple of Michener's but I am waiting for Centennial to be released on Kindle.

As a postscript let me say that I will not be viewing the mini-series again which starred Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown. While the acting was OK, as an Aussie I was appalled that it was filmed in California (in Lone Ranger country which doesn't look anything like the outback) and in Kawaii. I can still recall how I was stunned that the producers did not bother to use right hand drive cars.

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