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26 January 2010 @ 11:30 am
The Painted Bird  
**Just finished "The Painted Bird"...
I don't really know what to say about it. The imagery that it presents you with is unbelievably rich, and descriptive. (And definitely gory.)

This book has presented humans to be extremely vicious, jealous, and sometimes just plan insane, and that these negative traits can cause irreparable damage. In this book, the intensity of actions carried out by various villagers lack any after thought about the repercussions that it[their actions] may cause.
Stupid Ludmila was rendered mentally unstable because she was viciously raped. This caused her to be sexually insatiable, and this then caused her to meet her death at the hands of jealous women.
Jealous beat his wife for cheating on him. He then gouged out the eyes of the plowboy, with whom the wife was cheating with, with a spoon. (I'm probably never going to look at a spoon the same way ever again.) Though these are very extreme examples of rage filled actions, they are none the less examples of human capability.
To me, this book looked at the mindset of individuals (and societies) in terms of what makes us different(in terms of appearance) and then equating that physical difference with an evil mind. (or evil actions.)
In the book, because the boy had dark hair, and a darker complexion, javascript:void(0);than the rest of the villagers, he was instantaneously seen as being an evil gypsy/Jew (Words from the book, they're not mine...)
Not only that, but the idea of the painted birds applies too. (Well the implications of the action applied onto humans does more so.)
The whole painted birds thing is basically something perceived as "fun," people would capture birds, and then paint them, their wings/bodies/faces with bright bold colours. These painted birds would then be released back into the wild. The bird would go back to its flock, and then get attacked because it was different looking.
This applies to humans as well. Just because our appearance is different, it doesn't make us less human. (The painted bird isn't less of a bird because it looks different.)
What I mentioned above about the appearance, and how it could negatively impact you, is the same as this.

Thank you invictus_86 for recommending this book to me. Though it was a bit gory, and there were scenes that made me cringe, I did enjoy the book. (If one can really enjoy a book of this nature.) I'm actually using it as an example for a paper for my history class. (I'm looking at the effect that World War II had on literature, specifically involving conflicts.)

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caly_queen: flowercaly_queen on January 27th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah that incest/bestiality thing disturbed me.

While the contemplation of death is something that does stick, and is unsettling, I'm sure that the boy wasn't the only one to do it during that time.

The skinned rabbit also freaked me out, and made me stop reading for like a few minutes. It was gross.

I'm definitely reading something lighter next. :) I'm trying to get my hands on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but can't seem to find it. :(