The Painted Bird


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A portrait of the Nazi mentality, by the author of "Being There". A young boy, perhaps a Gypsy, perhaps a Jew, is abandoned by his parents during World War II. He is left to wander alone from one Slav village to another, sometimes being hounded and tortured and sometimes sheltered and taught.

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Jan 30, 2014

Rough Childhood

Incredible story of a childhood in war torn eastern Europe. Kosinski paints a bleak, haunting story of a world unknown to those of us who grew up in modern America.


Jul 14, 2012

violent but truthful

it's not an autobiography, but it feels like a compressed, symbolic memoir of "the other" of europe; whether jewish, gypsy, or simply the outsider, it is a great story of the journey of one child through eastern europe during WWII. be warned, it is violent and gruesome at parts, but none is gratuitous. we discover by the end that we are more desensitized to violence on a daily basis than we ever realized. an incredible author. never a dull moment. horrific picaresque. in some ways, a must read for anyone interested in literature.

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