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A wonderful tale of a man and his owl,
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This review is from: The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar (Kindle Edition)
First and foremost this is a deeply moving, but never sentimental story of one man and the owl he reared from a chick. It is written with a restrained, wry 'Englishness' that conveys the powerful bond between man and owl as they move live first in a London high-rise flat and then in the Sussex countryside. As the story unfolds you get a real sense of a time and place, primarily Seventies Britain, that no longer exists.
Writing from detailed diary entries (some of which are quoted) the author goes into detail about Mumble's behaviour. His careful observations are delivered with clarity and humour, and demonstrate formidable knowledge as well as his background in history publishing (with comparisons to military aircraft proving particularly insightful). He breaks the story and the careful observations with succinct and useful chapters on various aspects of owls, in our culture, in their natural habitat etc.
In summary highly recommended as a heartfelt but restrained celebration of the life of Mumble the owl, an education about these fascinating creatures and a compelling evocation of a time before iphones and the internet.
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Initial post: 22 Mar 2014 17:11:51 GMT
How can you possibly give away the ending of a book in the first line of a review??? That has really put me off buying the book now!
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2014 18:31:29 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
The ending is in the introduction. It doesn't ruin the book at all.
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