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The book The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski at first struck me as utterly grotesque almost to the point of unreadable For an example the scenes with the miller and his help and Stupid Ludmila come to mind However after the first hundred pages or so of the book it became interesting on a visceral level To begin with one cannot help but be filled with admiration for the sheer tenacity of the Boy In this day and age in our sanitized and safe world with its numerous safety nets this no-frills brutal world the Boy lives in seems like hell In discussion today it was brought up by some people that the trials suffered by the Boy seem unreal too much and somewhat unbelievable to an extent While I agree to a point with some of those comments I think that the experiences described by Kosinski have a high likelihood of actually happening amidst war My Grandmother who has lived through WWII and the Korean War has on occasion told me that people lose all sense of morality in the midst of war and that the most unthinkable of things happen as though it were nothing Therefore Kosinski is probably not lying per se However it is difficult to believe that one seven in the beginning year old boy could have possibly survived for so long and under such conditions Rather I think that Kosinski was synthesizing many different views on the human condition into one view- the Boys To make this character and thus the readers viewpoint as neutral as possible Kosinski made the character quite young so he hasnt quite developed his own self identities and prejudices In essence he is a blank tablet for outside experiences to influence In this way Kosinski shows his readers what he thinks war does to an individual The Painted Bird is a laboratory of sorts in which Kosinski attempts to explain what it is
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