*FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Originally published in , The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. Kosinski’s story follows . For all intents and purposes, Jerzy Kosinski was on the fast track for fame under fire with the publication of his third novel, The Painted Bird. It was universally assumed that Kosinski was the painted bird of the title, and that the book, like the stories its author so often told about his life.

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View all 56 comments. View all 10 comments. I was not sure whether the pleasure depended only on the knowledge of the power one had, or on its use. Czech Republic Ukraine Slovakia. He moves through a progression of conclusions. Retrieved from ” https: There was one scene that nearly did me in but it was not about the main character. Maybe if the book had followed a young man or adult, the story would be more believable, barely.

I should be weeping and thanking unknown deities that my lame childhood was all about having to walk to McDonalds and clean the pool. The main character is totally broken. The boy is dark haired and olive skinned.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Do recommend it but only for those with their own courage to plough through such a horrific tale. We a failure as a society, as a species, as individuals! Elie Wiesel, to be fair, acknowledges as much in his New York Times review, quoted at length on the first page of my edition:. After being thrown into a manure pit, he becomes mute.

It was rarely successful. This is an apt cover for Jerzy Kosinski’s fictiona The cover of the Mass Market Paperback edition from the s of The Painted Bird features a small section of Hieronymus Oosinski hell-landscape — dressed in sickly green and wearing a white hood, a creature kosibski a man’s body and head of a long-beaked bird walks on crutches carrying a large wicker basket on its back, and in the basket a small black devil with spiky fingers touches the shoulder of a wary young boy as he whispers into the boy’s ear.


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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. View all 32 comments. Justice, in particular, cannot be left to social institutions, but must be seen to personally and proportionately to the offences involved. View all 35 comments. A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II, “The Painted Bird” is a dark masterpiece paintsd examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love.

Feb 22, Kathryn rated it liked it Shelves: By the conclusion of the war, Kosinski has stripped every vestige of innocence from this boy, and extinguished any faith the reader might have had in humanity. From here, he journeys to another village where local townspeople turn him over to the Germans. I don’t know any details of Kosinski’s wartime experiences. He seemed to be an immensely intelligent man and his suicide the fodder of cult followings. Like, it starts off right away with exploding pet squirrels and just gets more and more unbelievable as you go.

The author originally said it was autobiographical. As these brightly colored creatures sought the safety of their fellows, the other birds, seeing them as threatening aliens, attacked and tore at the outcasts until they killed them.

The Painted Bird

I abandoned any plans I had to read The Painted Bird when I discovered that it was regarded as a sham, that its author a kind of counterculture celebrity in the late s and early s had falsely advertised the novel to his publishers as autobiography, and that many of his works may have been either partially plagiarized or partially written or translated for the author, still uneasy in the English language, by editors.


In the end, this novel is a pianted. This phantasmagoria of bestiality, rape, murder, torture, more rape, incest, beating, this unceasing onslaught directed against this small boy? Dec 22, The Crimson Fucker rated it really liked kosinsji.

He had a hell of a face, hell of thw haircut and a delivery that made his few scenes the most memorable of the 3 hour movie. Several days ago I saw my local library had a copy of The Painted Bird audio book and immediately checked it out.

The book describes the wandering boy’s encounters with peasants engaged in all forms of sexual and social deviance such ghe incestbestiality and rapeand in other forms of extreme violence exciting lust. No one who reads it will be unmoved by it.

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As a book that deals with the Holocaust, Kosinski managed to stay away from events surrounding the actual prison or labor camps where the Jews were gassed or incinerated. See all 3 questions about The Painted Bird….

To support an interpretation that emphasizes individualism, consider the titular metaphor. Which villain would come out on top? I found it difficult to imagine the main character in such a setting and that the majority of the people he met were only interested in hurting him.

Called by the Los Angeles Times “one of the most imposing novels of the decade,” it was eventually translated into more than thirty languages. I just have this inclination to believe that people are less likely to harm a child. Published August 9th by Grove Press first published A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Catagory 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in kosinsii flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

The Painted Bird enriches our literature and our lives.