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Corvus: A Life with Birds Paperback – March 30, 2010
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A must read for anyone interested in birds, nature, or just good story telling!
The author winds herself and the reader up with flowing forays in avian knowledge garnered from her personal studies to then compare them with her own experiential observations not as a researcher but rather as a family member and caretaker of her avian home-mates.
I like the book in it’s entirety particularly the wit and humor inherent in the author’s perspectives. Though like her described rook who soaks his dry food in water, the book does feel like it could use a bit of the same treatment in one or two of the intellectual passages. But the avian experience pieces, often including broader thoughts and themes are precious enough to more than compensate.
Some more scholarly perhaps will see her views to be flawed, heretical even, but it would not be surprising to see science in it’s slow crawl towards enlightenment discover what is already in these pages.
Well written, enjoyable, caustically humorous in parts, and well worth the read.
Well written, very factual, descriptive and interesting account of a dedicated birdkeeper which also gives a glimpse into life in Scotland in an upper class family.
Very much enjoyed the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fascinating and well written. A book you will want to share with friends. Author lives in Scotland. That made the book even more interestingPublished 7 months ago by Louise Witherspoon
Beautiful, empathic, erudite prose. More for animal lovers than science geeks, but I am both, and satisfied at both levels.Published 10 months ago by R. P. RIBEYRE
Just lovely. I love reading books that let the characteristics and qualities of wildlife amazing creation shine! It's a good book.Published on May 14, 2014 by bluesky
A beautiful story about her amazing birds. If you like ravens, magpies, etc., you will enjoy this book a lot!Published on November 15, 2013 by shiny
I am very interested in birds, in general, and have had a particular fondness for crows ever since many of them died in our area due to West Nile Virus. Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Berg
I was so charmed by this book. The birds are wonderful, the anecdotes are wonderful, and I suspect the author is wonderful too. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by expat in germany
I'm partially sighted so I listened to a digital book beautifully and flawlessly read by Mitzi Friedlander.
The book is,simply, a tour de force! Read more
The warm, lyrical and thoughtful account of a family's relationships with the wild birds who have consented to share house space with them is a beautiful read, by turns... Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Lady Fancifull