- File Size: 621 KB
- Print Length: 194 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 23, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01C6B9V6Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As I follow our human-like avian characters Tom, Sally, Daisy and Simon in their growing up pains, courtship, and taking on adult responsibilities like fatherhood and struggles to survive, it was amusing to see the not infallible higher avian powers, Father Aves and Petraus pulling puppet strings that decided the fates of our birdy friends. Even more amusing was that as Tom's life was crumbling because Sally loved him no more, he recognized that it was the higher power Father Aves wreaking havoc in his life.
Multi-faceted themes to say the least, like for example the sexist aspects of the male versus female bird roles in the bird community. Sally may be a top notch, practical & doting mother bird, but she was not sympathetic enough to an overworked career minded Tom, who grew up as a singleton, had assumed a very busy community job as the top bird in the community and wanted nothing more than a clean and uncrowded nest to sleep in at night with his sweet Sally. Another profound theme that reminded me of human failings was the right for the unborn in the egg to be given warmth till it hatches and experience life to the fullest seems a natural strong mother instincts programmed into these mother birds. I was horrified with Sally when she defied my faith in the animal or avian kingdom when she abandoned her love egg with Simon after failing to peck a hole in the egg to end its life. Even though humans are at the top of the food chain, we are horrendously wicked to readily deprive the unborn their right to life when life becomes inconvenient.
In any case, we have much to learn from these birds as they go about their lives doing what is expected of them. Even when they are served lemons or when Aves gives them a Daisy, doggedly they carry on working, migrating, courting, making nests, laying eggs, hatching them and raising their chicks. Storms may destroy their nests, cats may eat their babies, the Telemachus may snatch them from mid-air while they least expect it, yet they carry on fearlessly bearing whatever would come their way courtesy of Father Aves. So it is also, I believe, with our own lives. Just as it was in Job's, the necessary sufferings we go through in life are mostly beyond our control but necessary to take us to where we are meant to be today. We are all subjects to mother Destiny and our fates are sealed long before our existence.Telemachus
Apart from the story I loved the writing style of the author as it brought to life rich and vivid images of wild life.I highly recommend this book to everyone both for its entertaining value and also for the moral teachings
The main male bird has different female bird that he believes is supposed to be his. She ends up choosing a different male bird as a mate who seems to be a prime choice, but turns out to be drunken and abusive. The actual Telemachus is believed to be a huge male bird that hunts and kills the birds who stray too far from the community. even after reading the book, I still felt that Telemachus represented more than just a huge bird with killer claws, though.
In order to completely grasp and appreciate a story like this one, you should have a pretty open mind and be somewhat of a deep thinker. All in all, though, it's a very good read.
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