*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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Though I’ll have to wait til I’m in the mood for something soul-shatteringly depressing. Against the background of bland colors he protected an unfadable blackness.

The Painted Bird by Jerzy KosiƄski

I tend to be unconcerned if my interpretation of a book is backwards from the intentions of the author. What do you think is the main lesson learned by the boy and the many iconic symbols such as the significance of the “comet”?

University of Texas Press. View all 16 comments. It is the first, and the most famous, novel by one of the most important and original writers of this century. So maybe I am considering this novel from too much of a literal perspective.

So, yes, I did not enjoy reading this book but I was fully hypnotized into trudging along each chapter anyway. I feel like if I’d really wanted to experience violence, torture and rape without being moved in any way, then I could have just watched Game of Thrones.

Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Kielce – July 4, We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. The boy, a living, breathing human being, is not recognized as one of their own by confused and uneducated peasants.


The Painted Bird

Views Read Edit View history. I still think about the phone ringing at the end of the novel. His only means of defense was to do his best not to be noticed.

Not because hte is shocked; rather that one is embarrassed on the author’s behalf by his obsessive fascination for depravity. In the end, this novel is a failure.

Jerzy Kosinski, The Painted Bird | John Pistelli

I did find the superstitions of the Slavic peasants to be fascinating, but I would think long and hard before recommending this book. Return to Book Page. Email required Address never made public. I tend to believe this; art imitates life, not the other way around. View all 5 comments. He is also from time to time subject to equivalent cruelty by the invading German Kosinxki, not because he is either a Koxinski or a Jew but because he is an orphan with no obvious productive contribution to military efficiency.

But, what did I do? The main character is totally broken.

In fact he is subject to extreme sexual abuse. He is fundamentally unfit for family life. It is an incredibly difficult and important book, yhe the fact of the controversy surrounding it and the author only heightens its effect. It was not until the last few pages that I realized the author meant to do this, maybe an attempt to allow readers to better connect with the main character. Another gang of children tosses him into an icy river and laughs as he floats away, clinging to a large fish bladder.

Does the author provide any cause and effect? The Painted Bird kosinsko notorious for its horrors: Here is Kosinski describing the boy’s passage down an icy river. His entire person seemed to have something utterly superhuman about it. By all accounts there was little racism in Italy.


These, and many many more, became fact by the end of book. In an afterword to the second edition, he describes his reaction to living in Switzerland in I too believe that given the setting and circumstances, Kosinski offers a watered-down narrative.

Do we see how the events in this book have shaped the boy?

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His age, naivety, and innocence certainly allowed people increased opportunities to prey upon him but I just can not believe that these qualities encouraged the abuse on the scale found in this story.

He struggles to make sense of the brutality he sees. May 11, Yuri Kruman rated it it was amazing. I was not sure whether the pleasure depended only on kosinskj knowledge of the power one had, or on its use. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

From this point of view, I’m not surprised it was banned in commie Poland. Retrieved 22 June At times it reads like Holocaust porn, horror piled painteed horror with a sense he’s rather enjoying himself and inviting us to share his voyeuristic fascination. In his landscape there can be no particularization: Captured by evil, he becomes mute.

I find it somewhat insulting to all those people who genuinely suffered during the holocaust that Kosinski would use it in a such an awful, emotionally-manipulative way.

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