The Thorn Birds Book Summary and Study Guide

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Young Meggie falls in love with a priest, and searches for answers regarding her religious beliefs, preferences in love, and where the future lies for both. Her love interest adores Meggie, but finds he is torn from doing the right thing when it comes to love, and his devotion to the Church. Meggie's life is followed from childhood, as a brow-beaten child growing up in rural Australia, to womanhood, where she must live with the choices that she has made. This is a literary classic full of beautifully descriptive scenes that Colleen McCullough is famous for. The Thorn Birds is truly one of the most sincere, tasteful, beautifully written love stories that can appease any romantic.
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The review of this Book prepared by Fins

A Coming of age story of a young austrailian girl in a forbidden love affair.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Australian (mate!) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Lover is    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   homemaker Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Australia Prairie?    -   Yes Island?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch    -   lot of descript of animal care Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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