This is a novel about the history of several generations of onefamilies. As in all similar works, it contains both drama, comedy, and elements of a love story. For those who want to know more, we present a brief summary. "Singing in the thorns" consists of seven parts, each of which focuses on one hero, viewing events, through the prism of his feelings and emotions.
In the first chapter we get acquainted with the smallesta member of Cleary's family - Maggie, who appears before the readers of a four-year-old baby. The narrative of this part covers the interval from 1915 to 1917, and shows the life of a large family of New Zealand. The mother of the family of Fiona is constantly at work, her children, for the most part, are brought up by nuns in rigor and humility. Of course, because of this state of affairs, problems often arise. The elder son rebels against such a life and complicates the situation even more. However, a letter from my aunt radically changes their lives. The whole family moved to Australia, to the estate of Drogheda. This ends the first part of the novel McCullough "Singing in the thorns." The brief content allows the reader to understand how poor Cleary was, what position they occupied in the society, and why they agreed without hesitation to move.
Part Two (1918-1928)
Part Three (1929-1932)
In the estate there is a big fire thattakes the lives of the head of the family and one of the sons. This sad event draws the remaining relatives together. To support Maggie in her grief, Ralph returns to Australia. But immediately after the funeral, he leaves, not drawing attention to himself.
Part Four (1933-1938)
Part Five (1938-1953)
События Второй мировой войны затрагивают и characters of the novel "Singing in the thorns". The summary of this part tells us that Maggie had a son, whom she named Dan. After a while, Cardinal Ralph comes back to Drogheda, not suspecting that he has a child. At this time, Maggie's brothers are taken to the front, and they will not return home.
Part Six (1954-1965 gg.)
Part Seven (1965-1969)
Justin is having a hard time surviving his brother's death andhead goes into work. After a while she marries, which she tells her mother in her letter. In addition, she decides to never have children. And considering that all the other members of the family were killed, this is the end of the Cleary family. This ends the novel "Singing in the thorns." The summary of the last part shows the reader how much the war changed the outlook on life among the younger generation, made them both more life-loving and independent.
After the book was published, it was filmed, butthe author did not like the film version at all. She called her monstrous. "Singing in the thorns" is a novel, the summary of which can not be conveyed by several voluminous sentences. Each part requires a full analysis and analysis.