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. “Of all the remarkable fiction that emerged from World War II, nothing stands higher than Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird. A magnificent work of art, and a. The Painted Bird Poster. A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe Writers: Jerzy Kosinski (novel), Václav Marhoul (adaptation) | 1 more credit».

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They would then release the bird who flew straight back to its own. The premise of the tale, as noted by D. Every movement of his body seemed propelled by some tremendous internal force.

He then discovers what he thinks is both community and an explanation of his plight in the Christian religion. Suddenly a reed pierced the bladder. The abuse reaches such a pitch, at one point he reflects on the nature of evil: Cuz like millions of years ago some sort of ameba divided itself in Here’s the cover of the Pocket mass-market I just picked up pages. This Jdrzy turn may be distasteful but it appears the only way to achieve justice for his tormentors.

He received grants from Guggenheim Fellowship inFord Foundation ksoinskiand the American Academy inwhich allowed him to write a political non-fiction book, opening new doors of opportunity.

Children are tougher than we give them credit for, and I was comforted with the fact that he was resourceful in adapting to multiple thw where his own life and innocence are fully at stake.

I have heard that his voice changes rather dramatically from book to book, so maybe a second attempt is worth my time. The Bkrd Birdafter showing me so much inhumane and malicious tbe that people do to each other, has also reminded me of my humanity and the blessings and burdens of ensuring I don’t give in to the call of moral decay and disintegration of values, no matter how easy and even remotely tempting it is to act like lesser beings.


Written with deep sincerity and sensitivity. I mean, others fought to find meaning and truth behind the tale. I had nothing against his killing me. View all 32 comments. I don’t know any details of Kosinski’s wartime experiences.

The minds and souls of people were as open to these forces as a plowed field, and it was on this field that the Evil Ones incessantly scattered their malignant seed. And yes, that actor was Jerzy Kosinski.

The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosiński

IMHO, the book was not written as an invective against Polish peasants or Nazis alone, any more than it is solely an indictment of human nature in wartime. It felt like the whole universe decided to defecate on that poor kid! From the moment of signing a pact with the Devil, the more harm, misery, injury, and bitterness a man could inflict on those around him, the more help he kodinski expect. 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.

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There was a bit involving the contemplation of good, evil, religion, and lack of faith, and though I really liked these parts of the book, I still feel that the inner workings of the boy’s mind were glossed over. If shifted, any passing train will be diverted to a path of destruction.

The Painted Bird is a very episodic novel. The problem was perhaps that he was a successful, worldly author who played polo, moved in fashionable circles and even appeared as an actor in Warren Beatty ‘s Reds. This phantasmagoria nerzy bestiality, rape, murder, torture, more rape, incest, beating, this unceasing onslaught directed against this small boy?

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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. Inhe emigrated to paintted United States, creating a fake foundation which supposedly sponsored him; he later claimed that the letters from eminent Polish communist authorities guaranteeing his loyal return, which were needed for anyone leaving the communist country at that time, had all been forged by him.

It was about another boy. Passion Play Jerzy Kosinski. He is taken in, cared for, and politically indoctrinated by soldiers of jwrzy Red Army.

The Painted Bird

Human depravity in the extreme – this book in a nutshell. I tend to be unconcerned if my interpretation of a book is backwards from the intentions of the author. His entire person seemed to have something utterly superhuman about it.

Music, War and Love Placed in bied orphanage with all the other mutilated and mentally damaged children of war, new skills of survival are required. Throughout the rest of the book, the boy endures various kinds of violence and cruelty. He is also from time to time subject to equivalent cruelty by the invading German Army, not because he is either a Gypsy or a Jew but because he is an orphan with no obvious productive contribution to military efficiency.

View all 5 comments. The darkness of this book is tangible and unmitigated. View all 17 comments. Retrieved December 2, Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video. Archived at the Wayback Machine. It sort of feels like rubbernecking. Inhe became bigd American citizen.