Birds of America Author:Mary McCarthy Birds of America is the story of Peter Levi, an innocent abroad, who is Miss McCarthy's Candide. In the fall of 1964, he arrives in France to do his junior year at the Sorbonne after spending a bizarre holiday in New England with his enchanting mother. In Paris he is shocked by the decapitated statues around the city, survivors of the Jacobins... more »' assault on the symbols of the old regime. Yet Peter is an egalitarian and in principle therfore a leveler.
Birds of America is a witty and tender Bildungsroman. The reader will like Peter and his family and the other migratory birds he meets along his flyway, some of them his friends. They are seen by Mary McCarthy with a warm, though hardly moist, eye.