the thorn birds


this is the first novel that i have ever read.

i made it as my book report when i was in my sophomore high.  my literature teacher was surprised when i showed her the book.  as she browsed the pages, she told me that it was a book for adults and i was too young for such kind – for the rest of my classmates were mostly reading hardbound ‘hardy boys mystery series’.

“the thorn birds” is the towering saga of three generations of a remarkable family in the rugged australian outback.  the triumphs and tragedies, the dramas and disappointments, the passions and the pain of the cleary family and those who came into their lives.

as a 14-year-old, this book opened a lot of revelations to me.  ironically, i was studying then in an exclusive for boys catholic school and i was reading a book about a girl who falls in love with a priest.  anyways, i did not changed the book that i chose for my report – that is how stubborn i was during my adolescent years.  my teacher gave me a passing grade of 75%.