The Bird Artist

The Bird Artist

Book - 1994
Average Rating:
Rate this:

Howard Norman's The Bird Artist , the first book of his Canadian trilogy, begins in 1911. Its narrator, Fabian Vas is a bird artist: He draws and paints the birds of Witless Bay, his remote Newfoundland coastal village home. In the first paragraph of his tale Fabian reveals that he has murdered the village lighthouse keeper, Botho August. Later, he confesses who and what drove him to his crime--a measured, profoundly engrossing story of passion, betrayal, guilt, and redemption between men and women.

The Bird Artist is a 1994 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, c1994
ISBN: 9780312130275
Branch Call Number: NORMAN
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 21 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Manateestarz Jul 10, 2016

A dark, quirky return to the land of Newfoundland that Howard Norman knows best. We have many of the features of his other works, such as a fascination with the names of his characters such as Romeo Gillette and Botho August and his examination of the witty eccentrics that populate the harsh landscape. A well written book about young Fabian Vas,his singular talent painting the birds of the area, his crime and his betrothal to an unknown cousin. Norman examines Fabian's inner life and chronicles his struggles. While masterfully written, not as charming as Northern Lights or as compelling as Next Life Might be Kinder. Still, a good read.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

A collection of compelling characters bring this story, set in turn-of-the-century Newfoundland, to life.

Jul 09, 2011

Michael J. Fox - his favorite novel - story takes place in Newfoundland

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SL

To Top