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The Painted Bird

3 Ratings: -0.7
A book by Jerzy Kosinski

Many writers have portrayed the cruelty people inflict upon each other in the name of war or ideology or garden-variety hate, but few books will surpass Kosinski's first novel,The Painted Bird, for the sheer creepiness in its savagery. The story … see full wiki

Author: Jerzy Kosinski
Publisher: Grove Press
2 reviews about The Painted Bird
review by . September 06, 2010
I understand that, as a general rule, assessment of a work's quality should not be confused with moral judgements about the author's character. Monsters can write like angels, and vice versa. It's immaterial whether or not T.S. Eliot was beastly to his wife - it does nothing to alter the uncanny power of his poetry, the way whole chunks of it worm their way into your brain to the point you find yourself muttering lines under your breath, without even knowing precisely what they mean.   …
review by . December 13, 2009
Another village, another beating. The nameless child narrator of "The Painted Bird" is one unlucky person, and so are you while reading this inane exercise in page-turning masochism.    The thin, episodic storyline follows a young homeless boy, of possible Jewish or Gypsy extraction, who wanders across the swampy, war-blasted ruins of Eastern Europe during the early 1940s. One step ahead of the Nazis, who he knows will send him to an extermination camp, the boy must contend with …
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