Book Reviews of The Bird Artist

The Bird Artist
The Bird Artist
Author: Howard Norman
ISBN-13: 9780374113308
ISBN-10: 0374113300
Publication Date: 7/1/1994
Pages: 289
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
A finely written work of literature and a great read. It is one that leaves an impression.
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A beautiful and haunting story, written in sparse prose; reads like old fashioned literature. I liked this book very much. Takes place in Nova Scotia around turn-of-the-century (last one that is!) and gives you a real flavor of small town island life. A joy and refreshingly different.
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Helpful Score: 2
A quirky book about small town life in Newfoundland in the 1800's. The characters were vey real, and exactly that, characters!
The book starts out with a confession. The writer admits to killing the keeper of the lighthouse. The rest of the story is about what led up to that murder and why. Interesting relationships between the townspeople, and an example of how people alter their lives and dreams to "get along" with the people they are surrounded by. I liked it!
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The story of Fabian Vas, from Witless Bay, Newfoundland, 1911. At age 20, Fabian is working at a boat factory and taking a correspondence course in bird painting.

Then his father leaves on a long hunting expedition, his mother takes up with the lighthouse keeper, and Fabian's world loses its bearings.
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Simply wonderful writing. The characters are so fully drawn - the sense of time and place so detailed. I didn't want it to end.
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This is a good, quick read. Not life-changing, heart wrenching, or bust- a- gut- laughing but still a solid, interesting book that you can finish on a plane ride, for example.
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Interesting book. We read this for my art book club and most of us really enjoyed it. I certainly got a feel for Greenland and Nova Scotia in it, kind of along the lines of The Shipping News. The characters seem very real.
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"The Bird Artist is a comfortable, pleasing read, with a satisfying ending and enough of a plot twist to propel the reader through the second half of the book with renewed relish.

While it may seem as though the author has given away the plot with the initial paragraph, this is certainly not the case. Norman skillfully balances tragedy and redemption to deliver a solid novel with just enough Newfoundland flair to satisfy but not detract from the robust characters, natural dialogue, and subtle imagery. " amazon review
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Loved this book from first to last page!
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Howard Fineman makes the place and time come alive in a gritty and dark way. I really enjoyed this book.