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Birdy is the debut novel of William Wharton , who was more than 50 years old when it was published. It won the U.
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Birdy is the debut novel of William Wharton , who was more than 50 years old when it was published. It won the U. National Book Award in category First Novel. Naomi Wallace , a poet and playwright, adapted Birdy for the stage in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Birdy author's memoirs tell of his involvement in a war crime
He was The cause was an infection Mr. Wharton contracted while being hospitalized for blood-pressure problems, said his son Matt du Aime. Wharton painted under his original name, Albert du Aime.
William Wharton, Author, Dies at 82
I have a soft spot for that film, and a fondness for its main characters. And it was a pretty big deal when it came out: It got critical raves and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. I think if I had read the book first I would have pegged it as a difficult book to make into a movie, mainly because so much of it takes place inside the mind of the title character. Birdy is the story of two working class Philly boys. One, nicknamed Birdy, is a quirky nonconformist with almost no social skills—or really almost no interest in the kind of socializing his peers are learning—and an extreme fascination, indeed obsession, with birds. The other, Al, is a tough Sicilian kid, brutally beaten by his father any time he gets out of line—which is often, indicating that extreme corporal punishment may not be such an effective child-raising technique—and interested in girls, sports, working out, making money, and conventional stuff like that, though deeper intellectually and more sensitive than you might picture someone of that description. Al and Birdy form an unlikely friendship, sharing numerous common and decidedly uncommon adventures as they grow up together.