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by William Wharton

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ISBN: 0140053549
Author: William Wharton
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books (1980)
Pages: 288
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 269
Size Fb2: 1837 kb
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Also by William Wharton.

Also by William Wharton. Aw, come on, Birdy! This is Al here, all the way from Dix.

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Read Birdy, by William Wharton online on Bookmate – An extraordinary story of war and friendship from one of America’s most revered authors of the 20th Century Two teenagers form an unlikely friends.

Read Birdy, by William Wharton online on Bookmate – An extraordinary story of war and friendship from one of America’s most revered authors of the 20th Century Two teenagers form an unlikely friend. An extraordinary story of war and friendship from one of America’s most revered authors of the 20th Century Two teenagers form an unlikely friendship in pre-War Philadelphia. Al is obsessed with lifting weights, looking good and chasing girls. Birdy is obsessed with flight. Birdy’s passion becomes all-encompassing. Birdy wants to fly. A few years later these young men find themselves emotionally and physically scarred by Word War Two.

Birdy is the debut novel of William Wharton, who was more than 50 years old when it was published. National Book Award in category First Novel. Birdy was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1980, ultimately losing to The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer. Birdy was adapted as a film of the same name, directed by Alan Parker and starring Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage. Naomi Wallace, a poet and playwright, adapted Birdy for the stage in 1997.

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Obituary: Writer and painter whose novel Birdy drew on his own wartime experiences. When William Wharton's first novel, Birdy, was published in 1979, he was already 53 years old, an American expatriate painter living in Paris. But his identity remained a mystery, because Wharton, who has died aged 82, chose that name as a pseudonym for his writing, while painting under his real name, Albert du Aime. The Wharton persona was soon the better known, as Birdy became an instant bestseller, won the American Book award for best first novel, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize.

William Wharton, a successful impressionist painter who at 53 published his first novel, Birdy, which won a National Book Award, became a critically acclaimed movie and led to a dozen more books, died Wednesday in Encinitas, Calif

William Wharton, a successful impressionist painter who at 53 published his first novel, Birdy, which won a National Book Award, became a critically acclaimed movie and led to a dozen more books, died Wednesday in Encinitas, Calif. He was 82. The cause was an infection Mr. Wharton contracted while being hospitalized for blood-pressure problems, said his son Matt du Aime. Mr. Wharton painted under his original name, Albert du Aime

An extraordinary story of war and friendship from one of America's most revered authors of the 20th Century. Two teenagers form an unlikely friendship in pre-War Philadelphia.

An extraordinary story of war and friendship from one of America's most revered authors of the 20th Century. Birdy's passion becomes all-encompassing

William Wharton was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1925. During the Second World War, Wharton served in the US army, until an injury led to his discharge. In 1978, Wharton's first novel, 'Birdy', was published to critical acclaim.

William Wharton was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1925. Before his death in 2008, Wharton penned 8 further novels, and 3 memoirs. The most recent memoir, 'Shrapnel', was published for the first time in English in 2012. Country of Publication.

Penquin Books paperback: set, printed and bound in Great Britain

Comments:

Mikale
Birdy a skinny kid obsessed with birds and flying, and his muscled atheletic friend intrested in girls are an unlikely pair, yet they spent much time together growing up having interesting experiences as boys. They keep pigeons for a while then Birdy becomes obsessed with canaries. He builds an avariy and breeds canaries. He spends hours watching them wishing he could fly, could be a bird himself. He falls in love with a female canary, Perta, and nightly dreams that he is a canary and is Perta's mate. They raise a dream family.

Birdy and Al join the army in world war II. Birdy ends up in a mental ward, catonic and acting like a bird. Al is badly injured and is sent back to the States for operations and plastic surgery. Al visits Birdy in the mental ward and talks to him eventually bringing him out of his catatonic-birdlike state. They both have discovered things about themselves they don't like to face, but they talk things out and help each other to face the their futures.

There are discriptions of horrible combat which have a viceral impact on the reader. Why must mankind throw their young men in front of cannons, mines, machine guns, sharpnel? It is horrible.
A facinating readable book.
Dikus
I really enjoyed this. I first was exposed to the movie which captured the books essence. It's set to different time periods but still is true in so many ways. Truly loved it!
Obong
This book is so weird, and completely fascinating. Wonderful perspective into the life of birds, and people.
Mr_TrOlOlO
One of the best books I've ever read. The movie's not bad, either.
Madis
I was so surprised at how quickly I received my book 'Birdy'. It was an older one, in pretty good condition according to the seller .. I was very pleased with the condition as it had never even been opened from what I see .. an older book, but as 'new' as it was the day it was originally purchased! Very nice surprise!
SoSok
A wonderfully schizoid story of two friends (complete opposites) that are bound together by inquisitive spirits as children and existentialist meltdowns as adults. It's very touching. There are also (I thought) emotional parallels between this story and Slaughterhouse Five.
Landamath
Couldn't put it down...great read!!!!!
I will quickly say that although this is somewhat of an acclaimed book I can't seem to get through it. This has been one of the few times in my life that I couldn't finish a book. It's so uneven I couldn't follow the plot. I will say this: this book is different and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a friendship story and a good one in the sense that it's unlike a conventional one. I just can't seem to digest what the author is getting at.(Hey, I didn't go to Harvard and I'm not going to pretend that I know everything under the sun.) I'm sure others will love this book, I didn't. I'll give the author the benefit of the doubt and give two stars because I didn't finish it. I don't know...

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