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Fantastic in both senses!,
This review is from: The Peregrine (Paperback)
Various things baffled me when I began reading this book. For example, the author seemed to have been birding every day for a year. Great if you can do it, of course, but it seemed a little unlikely. Secondly, there are numerous references to Peregrines hovering. I've seen a Buzzard do it briefly, but the only species I've ever watched performing the feat frequently has been the Kestrel. And were there that many Peregrines in the south-east of 1950s England, anyway? Alarm bells were ringing.
All these points were cleared up in Cousins' excellent introduction. We find that the author was more concerned with capturing the essence of birding, rather than the literal truth of listing species seen, time, weather conditions and so on. To achieve this, the main texts of the book are written in heightened, poetic prose. How much of what we are told actually happened is debatable, but I would argue this misses the point. Rather, the reader will find much to enjoy in the author's beautiful descriptions. Which birdwatcher hasn't fantasised about regularly seeing unusual birds in his area? And how many of us wish we had such skill to capture in words the transcendental moments that making birding such a wonderful pastime? And, really, if the author made (quite a lot) of it up, where's the harm?
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Initial post: 20 Dec 2014 20:19:24 GMT
Cousins' introduction? you don't have a peregrine's eyesight
Posted on 20 Dec 2014 20:19:52 GMT
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Posted on 25 May 2016 15:30:24 BDT
King Billy says:
Whereas you obviously have a Peregrine's grasp of written English.
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