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The Painted Bird de Jerzy N. Kosinski
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The Painted Bird (1965 original; edició 1995)

de Jerzy N. Kosinski

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A young boy, abandoned by his parents during World War II, wanders alone from one village to another in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe.
Membre:woolgathering
Títol:The Painted Bird
Autors:Jerzy N. Kosinski
Informació:Grove Pr (1995), ペーパーバック, 234 pages
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Etiquetes:polish literature, american literature, fiction, to read, to-read

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The Painted Bird de Jerzy Kosiński (1965)

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    Stbalbach: Kosinski & McCarthy were born 5 weeks apart in 1933 and were ages 6-12 during WWII. Both books are dark violent fables told from a child's view.
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Una de las novelas más conmovedoras y terribles que se hayan escrito sobre la barbarie vivida en Europa oriental durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
  inmalitia | Sep 13, 2021 |
For over 50 years people have been arguing over whether this book is autobiographical or fiction, original or plagiarized, written by Kosinski or by ghost riders.

I. Do. Not. Care. I couldn't put it down.

Trigger alerts abound so look out. It's non-stop cruelty and brutality. Men, women, children and animals. Beating, torture, rape, murder, incest, bestiality...you name it, it's in here.

If you like imagery, no matter if the picture is beautiful or hideous, and can handle things like GOT, TWD, Stephan King, this book is for you.

Here is an example involving gouged out eyes. Those of you with weak stomachs should look away now.

"And with a rapid movement such as women use to gouge out the rotten spots while peeling potatoes, he plunged the spoon into one of the boy's eyes and twisted it.

"The eye sprang out of his face like a yolk from a broken egg and rolled down the miller's hand onto the floor. The plowboy howled and shrieked, but the miller's hold kept him pinned against the wall. Then the blood-covered spoon plunged into the other eye, which sprang out even faster. For a moment the eye rested on the boy's cheek as if uncertain what to do next; then it finally tumbled down his shirt onto the floor.

"It all had happened in a moment. I could not believe what I had seen. Something like a glimmer of hope crossed my mind that the gouged eyes could be put back where they belonged...

"...The eyeballs lay on the floor. I walked around them, catching their steady stare. The cats timidly moved out into the middle of the room and began to play with the eyes as if they were balls of thread. Their own pupils narrowed to slits from the light of the oil lamp. The cats rolled the eyes around, sniffed them, licked them, and passed them to one another gently with their padded paws. Now it seemed that the eyes were staring at me from every corner of the room, as though they had acquired new life and motion of their own.

"I watched them with fascination. If the miller had not been there I myself would have taken them. Surely they could still see. I would keep them in my pocket and take them out when needed, placing them over my own. Then I would see twice as much, maybe even more. Perhaps I could attach them to the back of my head and they would tell me, thought I was not quite certain how, what went on behind me. Better still, I could leave the eyes somewhere and they would tell me later what happened during my absence."

I mean, come on! That's great stuff from the mind of our narrator, a 6-yo little boy in a rural village in Poland in 1939. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Jerzy Kosinski's book, "The Painted Bird", is not an easy read. I believe it's based on hardships suffered by the author as a young boy in eastern Europe as World War II was about to begin. With war coming, and his parents being either Jewish or Gypsy's, they sent the youngster to live with a foster family, thinking the boy would be safer. However, the foster mother died in a house fire, accidently started by the boy, and for the next four or five years, he wandered from village to village, living for times with other families, seemingly always suffering a new form of abuse.

War time in eastern Europe was hard enough on the civilian populations, but especially so for Jews or gypsies. The villagers didn't want to be caught hiding or protecting someone like that, and those that took in the youngster weren't doing it to help the boy, but to use him as a form of cheap labor until German troops got near.

The hardship the boy was subjected to makes for hard reading. I almost put the book aside several times, unwilling to read more. But eventually I finished it, just wanted to see the some good finally came to him. I can't really say that was true. The book is certainly a good reminder of the horrors of war, to local populations as well as to combatants, and especially to a youngster, alone and unwanted, too young to fend for himself. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
The Painted Bird (Kosinski, Jerzy) by Jerzy Kosinski (1995)
  arosoff | Jul 10, 2021 |
This was brutal. It is about a child surviving WWII after being sent to the country to be "safe." But his caretaker died and he was left to fend for himself. There is abuse and exploitation in all its varieties. I don't think any trigger is missed. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
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Jerzy Kosińskiautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Dillon, DianeAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Dillon, LeoAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Timmers, OscarTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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and only God, omnipotent indeed, knew they were mammals of a different breed.
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To the memory of my wife Mary Hayward Weir without whom even the past would lose its meaning.
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In the first weeks of World War II, in the fall of 1939, a six-year-old boy from a large city in Eastern Europe was sent by his parents, like thousands of other children to the shelter of a distant village.
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Per Author's note on the reverse of the half-title, the "Modern Library edition of The Painted Bird [1970] incorporates some changes which did not appear in any previous edition."
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