The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCulloughAlternate Cover Edition ISBN 0380018179 (ISBN13: 9780380018178)
The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of this century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their seven children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister; and it ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine ONeill, sets a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.
The central figures in this enthralling story are the indomitable Meggie, the only Cleary daughter, and the one man she truly loves, the stunningly handsome and ambitious priest Ralph de Bricassart. Ralphs course moves him a long way indeed, from a remote Outback parish to the halls of the Vatican; and Meggies except for a brief and miserable marriage elsewhere, is fixed to the Drogheda that is part of her bones - but distance does not dim their feelings though it shapes their lives.
Wonderful characters people this book; strong and gentle, Paddy, hiding a private memory; dutiful Fiona, holding back love because it once betrayed her, violent, tormented Frank, and the other hardworking Cleary sons who give the boundless lands of Drogheda the energy and devotion most men save for women; Meggie; Ralph; and Meggies children, Justine and Dane. And the land itself; stark, relentless in its demands, brilliant in its flowering, prey to gigantic cycles of drought and flood, rich when nature is bountiful, surreal like no other place on earth.
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The series was enormously successful and became the United States' second highest-rated miniseries of all time behind Roots ; both series were produced by television veteran David L. The novel was originally developed as a feature film with Ed Lewis attached to produce. Ivan Moffat wrote an early draft of the script. Herbert Ross was the first director, and he saw Christopher Reeve about playing the lead. Then Peter Weir became attached to direct; Robert Redford was the favourite to play the lead. Eventually it was decided to turn it into a mini series. The role of Maggie Cleary became the most sought after role of the production, and was considered the role of a lifetime.
Sign in. Nineteen long years after their union, Cardinal de Bricassart returns to Drogheda. Once more, Meggie stands powerless before God's will, as tragedy befalls the Clearys. All her life, she waged war Against the backdrop of unrequited loves, bitter passions, and desperate inner conflicts, an affluent landowner in the arid s Australian Outback takes in her brother's family. How far is she To move on with her life, Meggie leaves Drogheda; however, on the velvety sands of a remote haven, Ralph yields under the burden of choice, as Meggie's graceful body intertwines with his.