Painted Bird, The

painted bird, the

painted by peasants and released, it is rejected and killed by its original flock. [Pol. Tradition: Weiss, 345]
See: Cruelty

Painted Bird, The

Kosinski novel about a foundling boy struck dumb by inhuman treatment. [Am. Lit.: Weiss, 345]
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I had avoided it for years, partly, I now think, because I was afraid that I wouldn't be accepted in that community, just as I'd always been the painted bird, the odd one, outside it.
Kosinski then published the novel Painted Bird, The (1965), followed by Steps (1968), which won the National Book Award, and Being There (1970; film, 1979).