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A tender, touching, and often witty memoir of a man and his unusual pet,
This review is from: The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl (Hardcover)
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Martin Windrow shares his 15 years with Mumble, his pet tawny owl, with us. This memoir is loving and often witty, but it is tinged with an anger the author has carried for twenty years after Mumble's death.
I suspect that there will be controversy about this book on these pages. The idea of raising a wild creature as a pet stirs different emotions in different people. Regardless of a person's opinion, the author here does portray a long pet/owner relationship as a happy one for both concerned.
Actually, a larger part of the book gives details on owls, especially the tawny owl, so there is an academic tone here. It's the latter chapters that tell us more specifically about the life shared by Windrow and Mumble. All in all, this is a memorable book which animal lovers especially will enjoy. The author is given credit for his admonitions at the book's start against "rescuing" an abandoned owlet you might think "lost". On the other hand, he shares the joy one can have in properly raising a creature such as a tawny owl and establishing a pet relationship.
The book is nicely enhanced with a number of drawings and photographs. Some of the photoghs were a bit indistinct in the reviewer's copy, but may be much clearer in the published version.
I enthusiastically endorse this book for all readers who love animals.
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Initial post: Apr 28, 2014 9:56:01 AM PDT
Nice review. I think it is also worth mentioning that it is not illegal in the UK to own an owl or other raptor. I hope readers of the book will understand that going in.
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