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Next Up: The Painted Bird

Just when I thought this list of books couldn’t get any more depressing, in steps The Painted Bird. This novel by Jerzy Kasinski is the story of an orphaned, homeless Jewish boy during War World 2. We see the world through the eyes of a horribly mistreated six year old. This one sounds like a great, peppy read for summer.

A few facts about The Painted Bird and its author Jerzy Kasinski:

  • The novel was published in 1965 by Houghton Mifflin.
  • Kosinski initially presented the book as autobiographical before it was discovered to be fictional years later.
  • In fact, some critics have claimed The Painted Bird was plagiarized from several popular Polish novels.
  • Kasinski wrote 14 novels, two of the most famous being The Painted Bird and Being There, which was adapted into an Academy Award winning film in 1979.
  • Kasinski lived a tortured life and struggled with being accused of plagiarism. He committed suicide in 1991.

A dark, depressing book from a suicidal author. Let’s get on with it.

Anyone familiar with it?

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. I read this book ages ago, in high school, but can’t remember a thing about it. I might have read Being There, too, but that’s also fuzzy. Curious to see what you have to say about it. Good luck!


    June 2, 2016
  2. OH my! Nope don’t need that depressing of a book, but will be interested to hear what you say about it. Check out my blog post today for a book to read. Totally different category, but it is a good book, trying to spread the word about it.


    June 2, 2016
  3. Seems to me the way you get on Time’s List is to write a really depressing novel. The depressinger the better.


    June 2, 2016
  4. I read this a few months ago and I thought it was very good albeit very disturbing and sad. Worth the read though if you can handle the subject material.


    June 4, 2016
  5. oh and he doesn’t hold back from graphic detail.


    June 4, 2016
  6. I read it about 10-15 years ago. I still remember many of the details. It’s brutal and haunting.


    June 5, 2016
  7. I don’t think I could handle it. Anything to do with children and mental illness, I find difficult, unless there’s a life affirming ending.


    June 6, 2016
  8. NatalieW #

    This is the one book I’ve read in my lifetime that I wish I could erase from my memory. So disturbing and horribly graphic. I’ve read disturbing books too, but sometimes an author really needs to use discretion when it comes to description of certain elements.


    June 21, 2016
  9. This does not sound like a book that will be on my TBR list. BTW, I wrote 3 reviews last week (2 books and a play) come visit, I’d love to read your thoughts on them!


    June 27, 2016

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