by William Wharton
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Birdy by William Wharton

Hailed upon its publication as "a classic for readers not yet born" (Philadelphia Inquirer), Birdy is an inventive, hypnotic novel about friendship and family, dreaming and surviving, love and war, madness and beauty, and, above all, "birdness." It tells the story of Al, a bold, hot-tempered boy whose goals in life are to life weights and pick up girls, and his strange friend Birdy, the skinny, tongue-tied perhaps genius who only wants to raise canaries and to fly. While fighting in World War II, they find their dreams become all too real—and their lives are changed forever.

In Birdy, William Wharton crafts an unforgettable tale that suggests another notion of sanity in a world that is manifestly insane.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679734123
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1992
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 445,893
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Birdy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Birdy is a great book that take you into the live of two young boys. From prom to their very first car it never lets your attention go. It's a marvel of a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Birdy' is, an, enchanting book, to read, as well, as, the 1984 film. It, reminds, me, of, old friends, which, should, remain, in, the heart, forever. For example, I, feel, like, I, was, like, Birdy, the more, optimistic, spontaneous, and my, long, lost friend, Laurie, was, like, Al, the more, pessimistic, yet, loyal, one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is about a boy whose only hope for surviving in the world is his love to birds. Higlhy recommended.