How To Make A Bird

How To Make A Bird Mannie is searching for the thing she doesn t yet know but it s like a runaway kite pulling her heart forward So she s leaving home She s heading for the city with nothing but a long red dress a str

  • Title: How To Make A Bird
  • Author: Martine Murray
  • ISBN: 9781741141092
  • Page: 375
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  • Mannie is searching for the thing she doesn t yet know, but it s like a runaway kite pulling her heart forward So she s leaving home She s heading for the city with nothing but a long red dress, a strong hunch, and an unknown address in her pocket As the day turns to night, Mannie makes a lot of discoveries and not exactly the ones she planned to make.

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    1. How to Make a Bird by Martine Murray is a well-written coming of age story. A young teenage girl, dealing with loss and the grief it brings, sets out on a journey to discover exactly what's happened to her suddenly upended life.The story moves at a pace to hold the reader's interest. The author has a great talent of using words to describe an image perfectly. From page 190:'I got up off the wall. My bare feet felt the footpath and I looked at them poking out from my dress like little white mice. [...]

    2. Overall, the book is very quiet. The writing is terrific and, in a way, kind of pretty. Murray has a talent for turning ordinary things into something beautiful. While the book gets interesting when the past and secrets are uncovered, the book is too quiet for my taste. It did not compel me to keep reading, though I did read the whole book. There was a lot more character development than plot in my opinion. Some people have no problem with that in a book, but this was not my cup of tea (for lack [...]

    3. I was reminded of Alex Miller in the beautiful word pictures the author paints with her writing. She inhabits the mind of this young girl "Mannie", who catches an early morning train from Daylesford to Melbourne "on business". She makes intruiging observations about the people she meets, and has memories of her life with her family - her brother Eddie, her quiet country vet Father, and her French mother who suffers from a kind of manic depression, which makes life in the household a bit up and d [...]

    4. Okay, I'm still gathering my thoughts, but to be honest I'm a little bit torn with my review on this one. While it was without a doubt, a powerful and engaging read, if I'm being entirely honest I'd have to say it wasn't as great as I'd hoped. Some chapters were definitely 'wow' but the story seemed to drag in other parts, and the 'climax' was a bit of a let down. That might be through no fault but my own for getting my hopes up, but was a slight disappointment nonetheless. One final concern tha [...]

    5. This is a truly beautiful but tragic story. I loved the writing, it reminded me of poetry, the words chosen are beautiful and the sentences are beautiful and philosophical. I wanted to quote everything to be honest. I didn’t especially like Manon Clarkeson, but I felt really sorry for her.It is a thing to read a book about poverty in the Middle Ages, but you do not really realize what it is. However, when you read about a girl who doesn’t have the money to take a lunch box and eat at the hig [...]

    6. Early one morning, 17 year-old Mannie Clarkeson leaves home for good on her bicycle wearing her mother’s red evening gown. As she embarks on her journey, we discover bit-by-bit through flashback scenes why she left. This beginning and the title hooked me immediately. Mannie’s mother is mentally unstable, her father kind and protective to a fault, her brother the center of attention, and Harry, his friend, different from the other young men. Then one night, an event shatters all their lives a [...]

    7. In this first person narrative, Mannie (Age 17 or 18?) heads to Melbourne - riding her bicycle to the train station in her mother's red evening gown - on a few errands to work out where she is in her life and where she is going.This book is a beautifully written story of dealing with loss and family, pensive and melancholy - but not maudlin. I love how Murray unfolds the details of Mannie's story over the course of a long two day journey. She jumps into the events and then tells the back story i [...]

    8. How To Make A Bird, in my eyes, is a written masterpiece. Read this!:'THe moon was lying pale and quivery in the sky, like a bony fingermark on a black cloth. The houses were hushed and still and I was telling myself there was no reason to feel sad, not even for the wings, or the way the moon was fading, getting thin like tissue. There wasn't even one piece of brightness to ache over. The fields were like crinkled-up grey blankets huddled over a sleeping earth.'While it is written so vibrantly a [...]

    9. OK, I normally don't write reviews but this book i just weird. Ok at first I loved it with it's beautiful language and observations, but then it got worse and worse and by the end i just hated this book. I rated it two because of the observations and language is beautiful but the storyline is all whacked up. It is only over a two day period but to much happens and the ending is just to weird and the ending is depressing. I really dislike this book but i mean no offence if you like it. I guess it [...]

    10. How To Make A Bird is a breathtaking book written by Martine Murray. The book is about a girl named Mannie who lives in a very unstable house. There are so many things around her that are really troublesome and it's interesting to see how she deals with it. She deals with it by running away and going on a journey. The book is so well written with some lyrical, beautiful, well-descriptive abilities. On an emotional level, if you're experiencing things like the character Mannie, then it's so easy [...]

    11. 3.5- The character development and delivery in this book were phenomenal. I felt like I was in Mannie's head, hearing her thoughts. It took a few chapters for me to get wrapped up in the story, but once I got engaged, I couldn't wait to see what was going to be revealed next. The story contains layer after layer of Mannie's complicated life and gives a strong account of how she eventually rises above all the obstacles and comes to terms with who she really is and what makes her happy. Very sweet [...]

    12. While I think I liked it, my first reaction was 'how depressing' - it is possible to like something that is depressing, though, and I believe I liked this. I chose it for the title - birds, baseball, bakingI'm a sucker for books with those possibilities (and rewarded often enough to continue to be a sucker). I did like very much her description of waiting and wanting, of how it makes you live a sort of zig-zaggy life. So true. And I was glad she survived - that she didn't give up and end everyth [...]

    13. Mannie's getting out of town. She hopes to end up in Paris but first she has to make a few stops to get answers to some questions about her depressed, possibly bipolar mother and about her golden boy brother. Told in the present with flashbacks, readers journey with Mannie as she tries to figure out her past.Murray's writing shows flashes of brilliance but tries way too hard in other places. How to Make a Bird would make a good read-a-like for readers who enjoy Melina Marchetta and Deb Caletti.

    14. How to Make a Bird is a lovely coming of age story about a girl in Australia who runs away and figures out truths about herself and her family.There is a lot of detail and metaphors. Some of the time I really liked all of the detail but it was too much at other times. I thought the book hit a good balance of tragedy and happier moments. It's not a happy book but it isn't a real downer, either.

    15. Not very gripping. Not into it yet. So far, it doesn't have much of a plot. Meh. I'll give it another 50 pages.Well, it wasn't terrible. I wouldn't recommend it or read it again, though. It just wasn't really my style. It was more "this is how I feel right now" than "this is happening right now", if that makes sense. It just doesn't have that much plot development. One good thing: the emotion. I could really feel it. But that didn't really make up for the plot deficiency, in my opinion.

    16. inbetweenwritingandreading.bloThe DNF Collection.DNF.Boring as Hell.Beautifully written But still boring U_U [image error]

    17. I was so confused with the past and present in this one. Wasn't very interesting to keep me entertained, the only thing I really liked was the descriptive writing, the author had a lot of potential to write an amazing novel, I guess I just really don't like the sappy emotional dramas or something. :(

    18. This book was powerful and full of emotion, but I found that I was a little bored. I wanted something more, although I'm not quite sure what. I also found that the ending was appropriate but could have foreshadowed Mannie's future a bit more. But overall, it was beautifully written and relatively enjoyable to read.

    19. I almost gave up on this book - a bit of a slow start. I'm so glad I stuck with it - such a beautiful, aching story, lovely language and imagery. My favorite kind of book: family, loss, heartbreak, hope.

    20. This book is very different, to most of the books I read. It was in the end a very good book though. I enjoyed it. It was very sad and strange.

    21. Beautiful writing, sad story. The heroine is flawed but her depth and strength won me over. I wish the ending had more resolution. Lovely read though.

    22. this book has been one of my favourites since i read it. everyone should open it's pages and delve into martine murrays beautiful world

    23. I loved this book so much! my sister just randomly picked it out one day and now it's in my top ten! ya'll all should really truely read it! it was lovely!

    24. Wow. What a beautifully written book. The way the author captured what Mannie was thinking & feeling gave me goosebumps from time to time. Lyrical writing. Wow.

    25. (A nostalgia read) Nice, definitely a light read, i guess it works if you can relate to it, but you'd get stuck on the fluttery language otherwise.

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