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The Painted Bird


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 ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.667

Rough Childhood

by pragjohn on Jan 30, 2014

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.


violent but truthful

by CARLOS V on Jul 14, 2012

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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