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Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 0380018179 ISBN13 9780380018178The Thorn Birds is a robust romantic saga of a singular family the Clearys It begins in the early part of this century when Paddy Cleary moves his wife Fiona and their seven children to Drogheda the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister and it ends than half a century later when the only survivor of the third generation the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill sets a course of life and love halfway around the world from her rootsThe central figures in this enthralling story are the indomitable Meggie the only Cleary daughter and the one man she truly loves the stunningly handsome and ambitious priest Ralph de Bricassart Ralph's course moves him a long way indeed from a remote Outback parish to the halls of the Vatican and Meggie's except for a brief and miserable marriage elsewhere is fixed to the Drogheda that is part of her bones but distance does not dim their feelings though it shapes their livesWonderful characters people this book strong and gentle Paddy hiding a private memory dutiful Fiona holding back love because it once betrayed her violent tormented Frank and the other hardworking Cleary sons who give the boundless lands of Drogheda the energy and devotion most men save for women Meggie Ralph and Meggie's children Justine and Dane And the land itself stark relentless in its demands brilliant in its flowering prey to gigantic cycles of drought and flood rich when nature is bountiful surreal like no other place on earthFirst Edition Jacket

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