Hailed upon its publication as “a classic for readers not yet born” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Birdy is an inventive, hypnotic novel about friendship. Summary: Birdy is not a plot-driven book. If you enjoy lots of action, then it’s not for you, but you’ll be missing out. It’s a beautiful book about the. When William Wharton’s first novel, Birdy, was published in , he was already 53 years old, an American expatriate painter living in Paris.

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Birdy’s fascination with canaries–their habits, songs, and, above all, their flight–completely captures his imagination: On one level, this is a novel about a boy named Birdy, who with his friend Al Ambrogio grows up in a Philadelphia suburb before World War II, and is fascinated by pigeons. Wharton sets this all up in a poignant frame: In he turned to memoir to tell the story of his daughter’s death, and the subsequent legal battles to establish who was responsible.

But his identity remained a mystery, because Wharton, who has died aged 82, chose that name as a pseudonym for his writing, while painting under his real name, Albert du Aime.


Pennsylvania 13 Sep 08, France 76 Aug 21, He published four more novels in the next six years, to decreasing sales. Birdy is the debut novel of William Whartonwho was more than 50 years old when it was published.

This isn’t parable or allegory, either–no Jonathan Livingston Seagull stuff. It won the U. It comes as if you’d thought it yourself.


Retrieved from ” https: He spent his time observing birds, charming them, catching them and training them. War had separated them and now that war is over they are together again, and yet they are still apart, for one has williwm with terrible physical injuries, the other with his senses destroyed.

He married another teacher, Rosemary Henry, in A boy had very sexual dreams about his pet bird [s] 7 30 Mar 17, Personal tools Log in.

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Buy Birdy by William Wharton at Amazon. Topics Mentioning This Author. Stay in Touch Sign up. As Wliliam watches him in his hospital cell, he recalls those childhood days and talks of them for hours which blend into days which blend into weeks.

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And eventually Al begins to come to terms with his experience. They both wanted to escape, to soar above and away from the squalor of their surroundings and find something more true, something different, something better.

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Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. These things must be memories in his blood carried through in his song. I’ve read Birdy six or seven times now, and each time, although I didn’t think there was any more room, it seems to fill blrdy up just a little bit more than did the last.


About Birdy Hailed upon its publication as “a classic for readers not yet born” Philadelphia InquirerBirdy is an inventive, hypnotic novel about friendship and family, dreaming and surviving, love and war, madness and beauty, and, above all, wwilliam.

And somehow, from Birdy, he found the friendship he needed. Birdy is a boy who simply is trying to get closer to an ineffable grace that humans don’t have, trying as hard and completely as he can. United Kingdom [ citation needed ].

We are experiencing technical difficulties. The scenes where reality blurs for Birdy as he begins to feel and live as one of his canaries and those of the battle scenes where Al learns too much about the nightmare of war and is forced to look too deeply inside himself will stay with you for a bitdy, long time.

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What’s the Name o It is somehow a true one. Al was a big, strong, blrdy, aggressive young man, and a most unlikely friend for the shy, withdrawn Birdy. There was a problem adding your email address. High school deflects Al’s attention toward girls, but Birdy moves from pigeons to canaries, eventually raising an entire aviary.