The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough is the novel that deals with the love and romance that is related with the family. The relation between the family members has always been the topic of the different novels and stories. The delicate relations are sometimes thrashed by the members when they indulge in the lust of wealth or other material gains.The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough touches upon the sensitive issues which are related to the marriages and the family issues in very convincing manner.

Marriage is the sacred institute where new lives are born and are made the part of the society. The more the powerful the institution is, the more stable and powerful would be the society and the human beings. Each and every member of the family is to play the role to run the system successfully and in the smooth way. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough is based on the same topic of the family affairs in a very interesting manners.

The Thorn Birds is a powerful, romantic novel of the Clearys, a unique family. It begins in the early twentieth century, when Paddy Cleary relocates 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 O’Neill, charts a new path in life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

The feisty Meggie, the only Cleary daughter, and the one man she genuinely loves, the strikingly attractive and ambitious priest Ralph de Bricassart, are the primary players in this riveting novel.
Ralph’s path takes him from a remote Outback parish to the corridors of the Vatican, while Meggie’s, with the exception of a brief and unhappy marriage abroad, is anchored in the Drogheda that is part of her bones – yet distance does not lessen their affections, though it affects their lives.

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

This book is filled with wonderful characters: strong and gentle Paddy, who is hiding a private memory; dutiful Fiona, who is 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 Meggie’s children, Justine and Dane. And the land itself; harsh, unyielding in its demands, magnificent in its blossoming, subject to massive cycles of drought and flood, wealthy when nature is abundant, fantastical like no other place on Earth.

During Meggie’s difficult labour, Father Ralph pays her a visit. He’s come to say good-by as he prepares to leave Australia for Rome. He notices Meggie’s sadness and feels sorry for her. Justine is a difficult baby, so the Muellers send Meggie to a remote island resort to rest. Father Ralph returns to Australia, learns of Meggie’s whereabouts via Anne Mueller, and spends many days with her.

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

The lovers finally consummate their love there, and Ralph realises that, despite his goal to be the perfect priest, his desire for Meggie makes him a man like other men. He returns to the Church, and Meggie, who is now pregnant with Ralph’s kid, decides to divorce Luke. She sleeps with Luke one final time to ensure that her child’s paternity is not called into doubt, then tells Luke what she truly thinks of him and departs for Drogheda, leaving him to his cane-cutting.

If you’re looking for an authentic legal thriller with plenty of twists and turns, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough is for you.

About the Writer:

Colleen McCullough was born in Australia. A neuropathologist, she established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney before working as a researcher and teacher at Yale Medical School for ten years. Her writing career began with the publication of Tim, followed by The Thorn Birds, a record-breaking international bestseller. She lives on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific with her husband, Ric Robinson.

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