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 The Painted Bird (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Painted Bird is a controversial 1965 novel by Jerzy Kosiński which describes the world as seen by a young fl-haired, fl-eyed boy who wanders about small towns scattered around Central or Eastern Europe (presumably Poland) during World War II.
When the man is particularly upset or bored, he takes one of his captured birds and paints it several colors.
To others, the purpose of the book, from a deontological standpoint, was not to depict the cruelty of one group of people but to show the nature of all humanity, and of all existence, to be cruel.
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The Painted Bird is a controversial novel by Jerzy Kosinski (additional info and facts about Jerzy Kosinski) in which the world is described through the eyes of a young, fl haired, fl eyed boy who finds himself lost in small towns scattered around Eastern Europe (presumably Poland or Bellorussia) during World War II.
The boy explains that when the man is particularly upset, or bored, he takes one of his captured birds and paints them several colours.
Some would argue that this novel contributed to the false impressions of the peasants of Eastern Europe.
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 Willem Hofhuizen, The Painted Bird
She sometimes disappears for several days, and it is during one such period of separation that Lekh, out of sheer frustration, paints one of his birds in beautiful colors and releases it.
The bird tries to join a flock of its own species, but the other birds attack and kill it because they do not recognize it as one of their own.
The story of the painted bird is a metaphor of how society casts out and destroys individuals who are “different”.
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When it was published in 1965, The Painted Bird was lauded as one of the most poignant and powerful evocations of the Holocaust, particularly because it was not a prototypical example of WWII literature.
The Painted Bird follows the wanderings of a young boy—believed to be a Gypsy, though he may be Jewish—whose parents entrust him into the arms of a stranger, believing his chances of survival are better without them.
The Painted Bird is ruthless in its depiction of peasant cruelty, and because the Nazis' unique weaponry—the gas chambers and crematoria—are absent from the story, the barbarity is more Sade than Wiesel.
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At first the flock would be fearful of such a different kind of bird, but later something inexplicable would happen and the flock would reel in mid-flight and fly towards the painted bird.
The flock’s fear of the painted bird seems to turn to anger and they would attack the alien and peck it to death.
The novel seems sadly to foreshadow later events, yet the tragedy of the Vietnam War, like so many others, is that the desire to do "good" results in the opposite.
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In The Painted Bird, Kosinski forces the boy to visit this extreme reaction when he is no longer able to defend himself against the gnashing teeth of Judas by simply escaping into the sleepy, detached state of stupor where he once found refuge.
However, the representation of silence depends heavily on speech and all that is effectively not silent; as a motif of the novel, silence would be inherently handicapped without the assistance of Kosinski’s eloquent narration, which serves as the boy’s matured consciousness.
At the very end of the novel, the boy regains his speech, proclaiming “loudly and incessantly like the peasants and then like the city folk…enraptured by the sounds that were heavy with meaning” (234).
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 PlanetPapers - Historical Analysis of 'The Painted Bird'
In the first several chapters of the novel the little protagonist is firmly convinced that demons and devils are part of the tangible, physical world.
She also attempts to heal him when he is ill, mixing vile treatments for him to drink such as "the juice of a squeezed onion, the bile of a billygoat or rabbit, and a dash of raw vodka." Despite her odd, vomit-inducing ways, the reader still gets a sense of her dedication: she cares.
The Painted Bird's historical contributions lie not in the realm of factual, unbiased, detail-laden information, but in giving us a new way of thinking about the facts that we already have.
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 Jerzy Kosinski
Though he was never the mute, brutalized child hero of "The Painted Bird," he probably really did escape being killed in Sharon Tate's house the night of the Manson murders because, according to James Park Sloan, he missed his plane to Los Angeles.
The central metaphor of Kosinski's first novel, "The Painted Bird," elaborates a medieval Polish legend: If a captured crow is beautifully painted and released to go back to its flock, the other crows will attack and kill it because it is different.
In school in Poland, later at Columbia and most significantly when his novels became bestsellers, his masks eventually were questioned, and his audience turned on him, furious at his hubris.
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 Jerzy Kosinski Bio
The striking stylistic differences apparent from one novel to another can be explained by the fact that he often changed the poorly paid, never-credited "editors" with whom he would sketch out a story line and collaborate as they filled in the details.
Whether he personally was the "hero" in The Painted Bird is not the point.
In this shattering novel, Kosinski invokes the terror and suffering of a million and a half murdered Jewish children.
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 Painted Bird   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The title of this painting is taken from Jerzy Kosinski’s novel of the same name.
In the novel, one of the characters speaks of the phenomena that occurs when a bird is captured, painted bright colors and let loose back into its flock.
The other birds will not accept the now brightly colored bird and will attack and kill it.
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 Facts and Fakes - the complete review Quarterly
Weinberger states that it was "Jerzy Kosinski's 1965 prize-winning novel, The Painted Bird".
Weinberger writes: "The Painted Bird is a classic case of how authorship determines reception", its importance greatest when Kosinski-as-war-victim is the authentic author and then diminishing as it is seen as translated, plagiarized, and finally merely retyped.
Not necessarily as The Painted Bird, but as as an element of our common literary and humanistic experience, a fact which would be remarked upon and followed through until the connection with the original novel was made.
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A graphically violent and deeply affecting novel of human brutality as seen through the eyes of a young orphan during the Holocaust.
One of the canonical titles of 20th century literature and Kosinski's finest, unsurpassable and magisterial achievement.
In addition, Kosinski drew a quirkily charming and self-deprecating caricature/drawing of himself: A beak-nosed profile that bears an uncanny resemblance to him, with a bird's feathered body, alluding both to author and novel.
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 The Painted Bird Summary & Essays - Jerzy Kosinski
Jerzy Kosinski's harrowing narrative, The Painted Bird, earned accolades from critics, yet also stirred a great deal of controversy when it was published in the United States in 1965.
The novel, based on Kosinski's own experiences in Poland during World War II, centers on a young, unnamed boy's struggle to survive during the war by hiding in several remote villages in an Eastern European country.
The novel endures, however, because of its powerful statement on the nature of cruelty and survival.
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 Talk:The Painted Bird (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He describes them using the same paint as Anti-Semitic books described Jews.
Perhaps you are a fucking idiot, or perhaps you didn't read what I wrote, but not once did I say anything of the sort.
I'll write up a larger outline where we can fill in several of the concept both of us espouse and that way this will have twice the info and non of the bias.
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 The Painted Bird
Having read a few other Holocaust era novels, I was recommended "The Painted Bird" by a friend of mine.
Like the other novels, it is gruesome and portrays a life most of us would like to imagine didn't exist.
This is a Kosinski novel in which events unfold in an imaginative crude way: the way of Kosinski's imagination.
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 Warsaw Voice - Black Caviar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
During this time, Kosiński was also working on a novel called The Painted Bird, a "pornography of violence" about a six-year-old Eastern European boy hiding during the war.
When it was published in 1965, The Painted Bird made Kosiński famous in the U.S. and reviled in Poland, where official propagandists denounced his unfavorable descriptions of Poles during wartime.
Another novel, Being There, was turned into a Peter Sellers movie-Kosiński wrote the screenplay-that once ranked among the 20 largest-grossing films ever made, along with Star Wars, The Exorcist and Jaws.
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 The Metaphysics of Quality Mailing List: MD The Brujo Is The Painted Bird   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The painted bird circled from one end of the flock to the
The painted bird would be forced farther and farther
finally found the painted birds they were usually dead.
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 Railing Against Passivity: The Works of Jerzy Kosinski
Like the protagonist of The Painted Bird, he was thus compelled to lead a nomadic lifestyle, wandering from village to Polish village in search of food and shelter.
Kosinski novel is the lack of a coherent plot structure.
Kosinski's childhood undoubtedly provided the grist for many of his novels; his experiences as a painted bird among the sparrows of Eastern Europe helped him to forge his Orwellian conceptions of society, his revulsions against collectivism.
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Both are told from the point-of-view of a relatively innocent narrator, whose original naivete is transformed by the scenes he witnesses into an understanding of the "horror" and a comprehension of man's capacity for evil.
When The Painted Bird was first released its author was hounded on one side by fellow Poles criticising him for playing down the atrocities and on the other side by governments and fanatics who said he had exaggerated them.
A disturbing yet curiously gripping read, The Painted Bird is a tale that had to be told.
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 Seattle Press on Line: Give Them the "Bird"
Indeed, until just recently The Painted Bird was never translated into his native tongue and not permitted to be sold there -- it told truths too painful to retell.
This is where the title takes on meaning as, Kosinski explains, it is an old Polish custom to take a bird from the flock, paint it differently, and watch it torn to pieces as an outsider when it attempts to return to the security of its own flock.
This novel, of course, although directly based on fact, is fiction with a storyline and development of plot.
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Kosinskiand#8217;s novel applies organic form to portray the appalling predicaments the boy encountered during the separation from his family.
While reading and#8220;The Painted Birdand#8221;, the reader gains the impression that religion seemed to be a high priority for the village people.
Kosinski paints a severely graphic portrayal of the effects and stresses war places on individuals.
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 The Elegant Variation: THE PAINTED BIRD
In his latest column at Tommywood, Tom Teicholz takes a look at The Painted Bird (including a comparison of the 1965 first edition with the 1976 reissue) as he tries to understand the work's lasting appeal, despite the controversies behind its creation.
"The Painted Bird" argues that brutality against those who are different is part of nature -- like the fate of the painted bird -- and that the Holocaust was, sadly, not so unnatural.
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 The Painted Bird
Originally published in 1965, The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure.
A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II, The Painted Bird is a dark masterpiece that examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love.
It is the first, and the most famous, novel by one of the most important and original writers of the last century.
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Before I ever heard of The Painted Bird, I read and loved another one of Kosinki's novels, Being There, a fable about a simple minded gardener who becomes one of the world's most powerful men.
The unspeakable events described so poetically in The Painted Bird are unique, even among Holocaust literature.
A story about an inconceivable future where government restricts the individual's freedom to think, Orwell may have been a bit premature with the date of this dystopic future, but he seems to have been correct about almost everything else.
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 Child Characters in Classic Adult Novels
Think critically about the work from the singular point of view of how the nature of the child and the condition of childhood are represented via the child character or characters.
Is the view of childhood represented by the novel appropriate to the date of composition and/or to the fictional time setting?
It might be helpful to examine Gillian Avery's work in relation to the your exploration of these novels: Avery, Gillian E. Behold the Child: American Children and Their Books 1621-1922 Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
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