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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Nov 06, Bookcase Jim rated it really liked it. I should be appalled! A young woman, while attempting to kosinskj her father during a Catagory 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators. The boy, a living, breathing human being, is not recognized as one of their own by confused and uneducated peasants. In this sense, Kosinski pits the paint of the painted bird against the violence of the flock; the novel implicitly and ultimately exalts the artist, who represents only his own idiosyncrasy, over the officer who marches on behalf of a collective.

The garishly arrayed bird would then be released. Cuz like millions of years ago some sort of ameba divided itself in Sep 18, Emily May rated it it was ok Shelves: Suddenly a reed pierced the bladder. The New York Times. He is taken in, cared for, and politically indoctrinated by soldiers of the Red Army.


Jezry you pick up this book, think twice. But you can see their point — this is an anti-Polish novel — no, an anti-Polish-peasant novel — no, an anti-Polish-peasant-during-WW2 novel — well, definitely one of those.

University of Texas Press. I did find the superstitions of the Slavic peasants to be fascinating, but I would think long and hard before recommending this book.

The flock, confused by the stranger’s appearance, would begin to attack the painted bird and eventually kill it, not recognizing it as one of their own. Several days ago I bied my local library had a copy of The Painted Bird audio book and immediately checked it out.

But salvation is only temporary.

Just to compare this with S. Written with deep sincerity and sensitivity,” a review written in The New York Times Book Review and quoted by the book’s publisher. 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 painred.

The Painted Bird

They sat around and gleefully told each other that at last the Jews were getting their comeuppance. These types of story qualities should be effortless and conveyed seemlessly, without the reader even noticing. Finally, I’m going to add a personal note. Inhe became an American citizen.

Jerzy Kosinski, The Painted Bird | John Pistelli

Kosinski recounts incident after incident with horrifying intensity. After a period of understandable confusion, the boy tries desperately to make sense of his new reality.

As I mentioned above, most reviewers of this novel read it without even understanding it. Suffering a kind of Stockholm Syndrome, the boy considers his estranged parents as an inconvenient constraint on his freedom and potential. Apinted the end, this novel is a failure. But… another part of me is just not feeling it. Uses authors parameter Kosinsli articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from November Articles with permanently dead external links Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with broken links to citations.


Jun 17, Jonfaith rated it it was amazing. The Painted Bird was ridiculous, at times, in its extremes.

He struggles to make sense of the brutality he sees. May 11, Yuri Kruman rated it it was amazing.

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View all 32 comments. He states that there was a certain peasant custom he witnessed as a child before in which he describes it as follows: Hope and Justice appear cheaply broacaded within. You get the idea that this must have been one aggravating revolting brat of a kid. Another blurb, this one on the back of my old paperback edition, where it is jarringly discordant with the grotesque wraparound cover illustration, compares Kosinski to Anne Frank.