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. “Of all the remarkable fiction that emerged from World War II, nothing stands higher than Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird. A magnificent work of art, and a. The Painted Bird Poster. A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe Writers: Jerzy Kosinski (novel), Václav Marhoul (adaptation) | 1 more credit».

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A grieving widower pwinted to the country where a chance encounter rekindles memories from his past. When a hawk swoops pqinted, the flock leaves the pigeon isolated, and it becomes easy prey. 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.

Before you pick up this book, tne twice. To ask other readers questions about The Painted Birdplease sign up. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The cover of the Mass Market Paperback edition from the s of The Painted Bird features a small section of Hieronymus Bosch hell-landscape — dressed in sickly green and wearing a white hood, a creature with 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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As I mentioned above, most reviewers of this novel read it without even understanding it. In an afterword to the second edition, he describes his reaction to living in Switzerland in His first attempts involve treating pqinted situation in terms of some rational standard: Waterflies hovered nervously on every side of me.

In either case, the kosineki villagers despise and fear him for his supposed evil powers. When the woman dies, he is left to care for himself. The book is incredibly difficult to read.


After being thrown into a manure pit, he becomes mute. I agree with other reviews mentioning the lack of sophistication of the writing in The Painted Birdlargely due to the predominantly juvenile tone.

The Best Books of Learning about the author has also been interesting. I have heard that his voice changes rather dramatically from book to book, so maybe a second attempt is worth my time. Just goes to show how extreme was his direct experience of the forces of evil. When, finally, the Russian Army advances and he is taken in by a soldier named Gavrila, he learns: Every physical hurt you can concieve of, with little mention of the mental and emotional backlash.

Information This entry was posted on 1 August by John Pistelli in book reviewsfictionliterary criticismliterature and tagged american literaturefictionholocaust literaturejerzy kosinskijewish literatureliteraturenovelspolish literaturetwentieth century fictiontwentieth-century literature. I understood why some people were strong and others weak, some free and others enslaved, some rich and others poor, some well and others sick.

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And I do not mind reading gross scenes of violence as long as I feel it contributes something and isn’t just there bifd keep me wide-eyed long enough that I forget the book isn’t very well written and there’s been no character development. The Painted Birdafter showing me so much inhumane and malicious acts that people do to each other, has also reminded me of my humanity and the blessings and burdens of ensuring I don’t give in to the call of moral decay and disintegration of values, no jerxy how easy and even remotely tempting it is to act like lesser beings.

Power is the key, and it doesn’t require magic. In this way The painted Bird resembles something like Justine by de Sade — no plot, no characters, just lots of gruesome vignettes strung together.

Clearly they left him embittered and hating the country of his birth. You are commenting using your WordPress. It was only upon its publication by Houghton Mifflin that he quietly refrained from making such claims any further. Its crisp narrative is a well-paced succession of sensory detail given in a style that is simple without being affected like that of a Hemingway epigone or someone imitating the paratactical style of the Bible; the novel would repay strictly formal study by the student.


Many were even Holocaust deniers. View all 14 comments.

Untitled Robert Apinted Project. He had a hell of a face, hell of a haircut and a delivery that made his few scenes the most memorable of the 3 hour movie.

Refresh and try again. Dec 22, The Crimson Fucker rated it really liked it.

I am not shocked easily by gory details but I have to admit that this book made me feel bad every time I try to insert some humor in my initial thoughts in Goodreads for the reading updates while reading. He discusses its reception, some of his motives for writing it, and the background to the story.

From this point of view, I’m not surprised it was banned in commie Poland. Justice, in kerzy, cannot be left to social institutions, but must be seen to personally and proportionately to the offences involved.

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They were divorced in Description Originally published in”The Painted bird” established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure.

I also experienced huge problems connecting with the main character, a six-year-old boy. Italians hid Jews; there are virtually no cases of them betraying them for cash. The allegory Kosinski makes is very simple in my eyes. The atrocities seen by and committed to the little boy in the book are almost continual, before It was clear from the beginning this story was not going to be on the light side, and being a reader who typically tends toward darker material, that did not deter me in any way from launching into this book.

Called by the Los Angeles Times “one of the most imposing novels of the decade, ” it was eventuallly translated into more than thirty languages. View all 15 comments. They loved to scare and hurt kids.

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