Book Reviews of The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird
The Painted Bird
Author: Jerzy Kosinski
ISBN-13: 9780802134226
ISBN-10: 080213422X
Publication Date: 8/9/1995
Pages: 234
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: Grove Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Well written and powerful fictionalize view of worn torn eastern Europe during WW II. A real page turner!
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Harrowing story of a jewish boy wandering through eastern Europe during World War II.
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This book is autobiographical and an excellent study of the effects of the horror of war, especially on young children. Jerzy finally committed suicide but only after becoming one of the best authors of all time. A very worthwhile read if you have a strong stomach.
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awesome and disturbing book. one mans account of how he, as a small child, survived the nazi occupation of his homeland.
this new printing has a forward by the author.
warning- this book does have some very disturbing sexual practices
i found this book so interesting i finished it in one sitting.
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If Kafka's In the Penal Colony upset your appetite, this one is definitely not your forte. This explores the absolute worst of humanity. The ravages of occupying military forces have been portrayed for ages; in this the author described the outrages of the civilian population against its own. And, the military may well take second place in the atrocity category. But, if Kafka intrigues you, you will want to read this. I might also suggest some other equally disgusting classics: McKinley Kantor's Andersonville and Michener's The Bridge At Andau, both primarily non-fiction.
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This is the harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a young boy abandoned by his parents during World War Two. This is rather gory in many parts and as another reviewer says " warning, there are some rather unusual sexual practices" this is true. Not for the squimish. But very good book, as this is how it was then.
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Harrowing and compelling and sadly beautiful at times.
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a great read!
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Awesome book about the terror of war and a boy caught up in the pain, suffering and loss of his parents. The story is cruel and throws you in the midst of those who through no fault of their own find themselves in a nightmare that never seems to end no matter what they do or pray for. I had to put the book down several times just to take a break from the horror within.