Hailed upon its publication as “a classic for readers not yet born” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Birdy is an inventive, hypnotic novel about friendship. Summary: Birdy is not a plot-driven book. If you enjoy lots of action, then it’s not for you, but you’ll be missing out. It’s a beautiful book about the. When William Wharton’s first novel, Birdy, was published in , he was already 53 years old, an American expatriate painter living in Paris.

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After high school, he enlisted in the US army, intending to be an engineer, but ended up in the infantry, and was wounded seriously during the Battle of the Bulge. Stay in Touch Sign up. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars. The scenes where reality blurs for Birdy as he begins to feel and live as one of his canaries and those of the battle scenes where Al learns too much about the nightmare of war and is forced to look too deeply inside himself will stay with you for a long, long time.

Birdy by William Wharton

In he turned to memoir to tell the story of his daughter’s death, and the subsequent legal battles to establish who was responsible. If you have all three, then you don’t need to die; you’re already in heaven.


While fighting in World War II, they find their dreams become all too real—and their lives are changed forever. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

What’s the Name o And only Al knows that Birdy is living his life as he always wanted to live it, as a bird. Please provide an email address. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. William Wharton was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Personal tools Log in. A boy had very sexual dreams about his pet bird [s].

Refresh and try again. If you have one of those going, that’s par for the course. Feb 04, Pages. I’ve also read Pride and Dad by the same author, and the movies that have been made of Dad and Birdy just don’t quite do the books justice. Topics Mentioning This Author. There’s the song of rivers and the sound of water and the song of fields and seeds in their natural places.

It’s a song I’ll never forget Bookbag recommend you at least borrow it. It’s a book without much plot but one with a great deal of tension wrought by willkam force of the writing and the intensity of past experience as it is recalled.


National Book Award in category First Novel.

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Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. A Father’s True Story, making it seem more inspirational, and less like a true crime title. Each week, our editors select the one biedy and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Birdy’s fascination with canaries–their habits, songs, and, above all, their flight–completely captures his imagination: I say it a lot, I know, but Birdy is a beautiful book, it really is.

He was born into “a poor, hard-working, ignorant Catholic family in Philadelphia”. Also in Vintage Contemporaries. Birdy is in a secure mental unit in a catatonic state, crouched upon the floor unmoving, unable even to feed himself. The best you can hope for is they’ll listen to you just so you’ll bircy to listen to them.