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The Painted Bird
The Painted Bird | Jerzy Kosinski
15 posts | 19 read | 14 to read
When the war separates a youth from his parents, he begins a terrible odyssey of suffering as he wanders from village to village.
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Jinjer
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It‘s 1939 in Eastern Europe. A 6-yo “Gypsy” boy has been separated from his parents. The white, superstitious peasants in the village where he was sent to be kept safe from the Nazis believe he is possessed by an evil spirit and that he can cast spells on them if they look him in the eye. They avoid him, run from him, and turn dogs loose on him.

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Jinjer
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Ever started a book on Kindle and then said “This book is so good I have to get the real book”? That just happened to me with Painted Bird. And when I say the book is “good” I don‘t mean a feel-good story. This book is non-stop monstrous brutality. It‘s no pleasure to read but I‘m rooting for this kid. I tend to read ebooks too fast so I want a physical book in my hands.

Soubhiville Great endorsement! Stacked. 1y
Jinjer @Soubhiville 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1y
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peacegypsy
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It‘s harsh, but the lesson is one to be heeded.

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BarbaraBB
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This was the first English book I read. In class. I was about 14 years old and the teacher made us read the whole story aloud to practice our English. #UnderPressure we had to read and listen to some of the most horrible scenes I have ever read about the aftermath of WWII. In my memory my English teacher sat amused and smiling behind his desk the whole time. Brrr. #SeptemBowie

kathedron Well, that sounds disturbing and downright abusive! 2y
Marchpane OMG I just read @shawnmooney's bail review of this book and this teacher must have been some kind of sadist! I'm sorry they put you through that 😔 2y
shawnmooney That was a despicable thing your teacher did! I am so sorry you had to endure that. @Marchpane (edited) 2y
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BarbaraBB @Marchpane I think so too. The scenes that @shawnmooney described I still remember vividly 😥 2y
Cinfhen I agree with @River_Voice Horrible! What is your native language? #curiousminds 2y
BarbaraBB @River_Voice @Cinfhen Looking back I also think it was really abusive. We were 14! My native language is Dutch. (edited) 2y
shawnmooney Incredibly abusive! 😤 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Wasn't the author of that book accused of making it up? Now I'm off to check out that review. 2y
BarbaraBB @RestlessFickleBookSlut Really?? Let me know what you find out please! 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Wikipedia not my favorite source, but it seems to always be the first to pop up un a search. And I only do quick, half-assed searches. 😂 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder And my bad - not making it up, plagiarising. 2y
BarbaraBB @RestlessFickleBookSlut Oh no! I didn't know this. This makes it even worse. 2y
ValerieAndBooks What an awful teacher, 😑 ugh!! 2y
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Ericmanciniwriter
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Book mail from the indefatigable book nut and Litsy-master @shawnmooney

I don't know what's cooler: the book itself or the fact that the SEA MAIL stamps and Japanese lettering make me feel like I'm living in a Wes Anderson movie.

Thanks Shawn!

shawnmooney 😂😂Enjoy! 2y
Betty_Bookworm You are in Warren? I am in Tiverton! 2y
Ericmanciniwriter @Betty_Bookworm I am! Let me know if you're going to any east bay bookish events 2y
Betty_Bookworm 👍🏻 2y
Suet624 Oh, you're a lucky boy. 😁 2y
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shawnmooney
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TRIGGER WARNINGS GALORE ON THIS, MY BAIL REVIEW: I abandoned this a quarter of the way in because of the violence. I can endure a lot but (AGAIN, TW, FOLKS) in Chapter 4 a man gouges his hired man's eyes out with a spoon for coveting his wife and in Chapter 5, the much-gang-raped village idiot and nymphomaniac Ludmila the Stupid is murdered by the village women by inserting and then shattering a bottle of manure inside her. I am done.

Books_Wine_Repeat This sounds seriously f__ked up! 😵😵😵 2y
saresmoore Gah! That's horrible! 2y
ValerieAndBooks Eww!! Definitely won't pick this one up then! 2y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Smart to bail ! 2y
rachelm Yiiiiiiiiiiikes 2y
8little_paws WHAT 2y
AudreyMorris Sounds awful! I bailed on Salvage the Bones because it was so violent. 2y
ReadingEnvy Yep don't need to read this one wow. 2y
shawnmooney @AudreyMorris That's so interesting – I bailed on it early because it seemed to be more about dogs than people. 2y
AudreyMorris @shawnmooney you were smart and got out early! I got either 100 pages in, or halfway (I can't remember but have it in Goodreads). There is people/people violence, there is people/dog violence, there is dog/dog violence. There may be more, I realized "wtf is this and why am I reading it?" And quit. 2y
shawnmooney @AudreyMorris I am not usually bothered by violence if it is a work of serious literature and I feel like there is a point to my having to vicariously experience it. In fact I am pretty sure this is the first book I've ever bailed on because of violence. 2y
AudreyMorris I do tend to avoid violent books (especially mysteries, because they are often too much). But I loved the dragon tattoo series, they were well done. I also tend to avoid war books--yet war memoirs tend to be fine. I'm weird. 2y
Moray_Reads 😨😰 2y
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saresmoore This immediately made me think of Havaa's Akim scarecrow. 2y
shawnmooney @saresmoore Wow....yes! 2y
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Bibliogeekery Love that mural 2y
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saresmoore Ugh. 2y
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shawnmooney
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Browsing through the 40,000 audiobooks available to me with my new premium membership of TuneIn last night I previewed the first half a chapter of this one – fabulously narrated with a lovely thick Polish accent – and now I've just ordered the paper copy to read conjointly. This will replace HHhH, which I bailed on today, as my war novel for whatever reading challenge that task belongs to.

ReadingEnvy Ooh I didn't bail on 4H but wished I had! 2y
shawnmooney @ReadingEnvy Oooh, we need to talk! And don't tell Thomas – my bail tweet made him cry this morning… 😂. Any experience with Kosinski? 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage How much is TuneIn?? 2y
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ReadingEnvy @shawnmooney I don't know kosinski 2y
shawnmooney @BarbaraTheBibliophage I believe it's $8 US a month 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Wow! That's so reasonable. Thanks. 2y
CherylDeFranceschi This book is heartbreaking. And amazing. 😍😢 2y
LeahBergen I've been curious about this one for years but heard it was a tough one. I can't wait to hear your thoughts! 2y
saresmoore In the very brief description, there is the phrase, "terrible odyssey of suffering." And via audio, no less! Enjoy? 2y
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OSChamberlain
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#Day9 of #AugustOfPages #AllTimeFaveBooks: had a little fun with the meme option 😜. Fave books ever! I really had to dig hard into piles to get some of these out. Hahaaa.

LauraBeth 😂😂 3y
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readingonarainyday Lol! 😂😂 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Best National Book Lovers Day post I have seen! Hahaha 3y
AmandaV 😂😂👍🏼 3y
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Bookbeez Haha! Yes!!! 😆😂 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage That is fantastic! 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub Hahah. This is the best. 😂 3y
kspenmoll Great post! 3y
BookishFeminist YES 😂😂😂 3y
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Who needs fireworks? It's the same thing, right?

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Elif
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This is an amazing book, full of strong feelings!

OSChamberlain I'm glad you feel that way! This book had such a strong impact on me, and it really bothers me when people say they couldn't get through it because of the violence!! 3y
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