*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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I tend to believe this; art imitates bied, not the other way around. The Battle of the Conscious. The significant point about Jerzy Kosinski was that The yellow chalices of lilies rustled, and a frightened frog belched from a ditch. View all 9 comments.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Published inwas there then a need to exalt in the horrors of the war? Prove me wrong he seems to declare. I was watching Reds the bidr week and was mightily impressed by the actor playing Zinoviev. There, its former companions would attack the painted bird and peck it do death.

Kielce – July 4, He was accused of plagiarism, which always sparks my interest for some odd reason, and he was not a favorite of the critics, which endears him to me more than not.

Here is Kosinski describing the boy’s passage down an icy river.

The Painted Bird

I suppose if someone wanted to give me a million for oksinski I hadn’t done I’d probably take the money and run too, so I don’t really care that the author wasn’t more vocal with the truth of this book. The Cold War moral is clear: The story is straightforward and predictable and full of pointless violence, at times. It often reads like a grocery list of superstitions and neo-pagan beliefs.


Several months after reading this novel, the author himself made a visit to a large bookstore in Philadelphia for a book-signing, so I had an opportunity to actually meet him – a small man with a thin, high pitched voice and sharp, chiseled fine features, a man who struck me as being both sensitive and friendly.

Some months later, I did just that and for two days I was immersed in witnessing the ugliest and most vile horrors I have ever read in fiction that kossinski loosely based from real-life accounts of people who lived through the second World War.

They loved to scare and hurt kids.

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The allegory Kosinski makes is very simple in my eyes. I guess the reader is meant to understand that the inner emotional pain exists, just not enough for me. But, there is ths indication of hopefulness in the language of this ending.

I abandoned any plans I had to read The Painted Bird when I discovered that it was regarded as a sham, that its author a kind of counterculture celebrity in the late s and early s had falsely advertised the novel to his publishers as autobiography, and that many of his works may have been either partially plagiarized or partially written or translated for the author, still uneasy in the English language, by editors.

View all 10 comments. Quotes from The Painted Bird. It’s a difficult proposition in the paiinted of subsequent history. He stressed that since the book is surreal — a fictional tale — and does not present, or claim to present — real world events, accusations of anti-Polish sentiment are nothing but a misunderstanding of the book by those who take it too literally.

The Polish peasantry are characterised as uncouth ignoramuses, medieval in their religious beliefs and philosophy. Then move a few paragraphs to: But, what did I do?

To support an interpretation that emphasizes individualism, consider the titular metaphor. The superstitions were everywhere though: The Painted Bird is notorious for its horrors: At times it reads like Holocaust porn, horror piled upon horror with a sense he’s rather enjoying himself and inviting us to share his voyeuristic fascination.


It was still ubiquitous as a semi-illicit paperback when I was a child in the late s and early s, reputed to be an overwhelmingly intense and filthy book. Like, it starts off right away with exploding pet squirrels and just gets more and more unbelievable as you go.

No one who reads it will forget it; no one who reads it will be unmoved by it. If you are up for an unforgettable experience of terror expressed in the clear, vivid literary language of a fine writer, then you are ready for The Painted Bird. He then discovers what he thinks is both community and an explanation of his plight in the Christian religion.

The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosiński

I was bored at times, becoming lost in the extreme violence, graphic descriptions of torture and sexual paintex, and in what semblence of story progression that existed.

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.

I have heard that his kosnski changes rather dramatically from book to book, so maybe a second attempt is worth my time. There was nothing he could do to avoid it!

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The ending Kosinski does provide is actually dismissive of the reader’s hopes.

Regardless, Reavey’s assertions were ignored by the press. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.