The first edition of this classic Colleen McCullough book was published by Harper and Row in 1977. It was 533 pages long, and the original retail price was $9.95. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: FIRST EDITION is stated in the middle of the text on the copyright page. The bottom of the copyright page has the full number line 77 78 79 80 81 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. The dust jacket has price of $9.95 in the upper right of the front flap, and 0577 at the bottom of the front flap.
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Picture of the 1977 first edition dust jacket for The Thorn Birds.
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Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Thorn Birds.
This is Colleen McCullough's signature.
Other first edition points for books by Colleen McCullough include: Tim.
July 9, 2008, 1:48 pm
why, in the film ,are hughie, james and patrick never mentioned or included in the film?
July 13, 2008, 11:33 pm
Like most epic novels, a movie or mini-series can't possibly include everything. The Cleary brothers are aptly represented by Bob, Jack and Stuie. Gone With The Wind was the same; in the book Scarlett had three children, in the movie, just one.
September 5, 2009, 12:40 pm
My all time favorite book!
October 24, 2009, 7:37 am
My auntie who lives in Clontarf was addicted to the Thornbirds TV series when my daddy was sick in hospital. I was too young to remember this but my mother can remember the series being on tv. I can't say it's my all time favourite book as I haven't had the opportunity of reading it. Arthur Golden's Memoire's of a Geisha has won that position for me.
January 26, 2010, 11:48 pm
I read this book in my early twenties 2 times and it is my favorite . I hope to read it again very soon.
Can anyone tell me what the writer means about the thorn birds singing as they are dying? I don't get it. And know it is significant.
April 8, 2010, 1:38 pm
I read this novel 20 years ago when I was 15...now i re-read it and i still love it. This is a great book
May 15, 2010, 5:48 am
the book inspires me... it points out the real facts of life in an extra ordinary way. i have come to know one thing i.e.YOU CANNOT ROB GOD.
June 5, 2010, 10:35 pm
Jean.....the mini series Ralph explains it 'that the best is bought...only at the cost of great pain.
July 9, 2010, 7:38 pm
best mini series ever made
July 9, 2010, 7:41 pm
the thorn bird while impaling itself sings the loudest & most beautiful song and God in his Heavan stills to listen and that the best is oftern bought of great pain :-(...still makes me cry...
July 15, 2010, 4:12 pm
when we put the thorn to our breats, we know....and still we do it :-(
July 27, 2010, 1:31 am
I love the story too!
July 27, 2010, 1:38 am
I love the story! When i was young , i saw this program. I still remember . I want to buy the book but i can find. But the story is really GOOD!
August 16, 2010, 1:35 am
It means the person can express oneself only through the greatest suffering and pain. So this is a metaphor - the bird sings the most beautiful song only having its heart pierced with a thorn.
November 30, 2010, 10:04 pm
The most significant and tragic part of the book is when Pasty is shot in New Guinea... they really should have includes the twins' life
May 1, 2011, 9:54 am
I was 32 when my close friend Judith gave me this book for my birthday because I loved the mini series so much. 18 months later Judith had died age 29 leaving a husband and 9 month old baby daughter. Never was a book to me so meaningful. The Thornbirds.
June 6, 2011, 5:10 pm
Is it a book about divinity, the sacredness and uncompromsing principle of God? Or is it a story to tell the mockary of God's act?
Whoever you are, it is scaring and frightening. Can somebody tell more about the philosophical meaning or reflection behind. Thanks
July 1, 2011, 5:03 pm
Just about finished this epic novel.....will post again soon to compare with the Mini-Series which I still love all these years later.
July 19, 2011, 5:39 am
this very very beautiful tv mini series.i like can this.thank you very much.thank you Colleen Mc Cullough. i love you.you wonderful author.
October 1, 2011, 8:45 pm
I love The Thorn Birds mini-series. I used to watch it when I was little. Just recently, I met someone who was reading the book, and decided to look back at The Thorn Birds once again. Like the others have mentioned it is a story about great love and great suffering, and indeed it fits the statement that "great things come at a cost of great pain". The metaphore with the bird that searches for the perfect thorn tree and then impales itself while singing the most beautiful song is exeptional. For Meggie and Ralph, the "perfect thorn" was the fact that they loved eachother, but they couldn't be together, and the fact that they couldn't be together brought them a lot of pain and suffering. And their "beautiful song" was their endless deep love for eachother. While singing "the beautiful song" they woder why they had to go through so much pain and suffering to realize how much they loved and needed eachother. But now it's too late because life has passed them by. This book has a message for us the readers to not wait for things to happen to make us realize the consequence or meaning of something. Not just for love, but for anything in life. Because for most of the situations in life, you do get only one chance! In the case of Ralph and Meggie, they had many chances, but in the end they ran out of time.
Lynda, my condolences for the loss of your friend.
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