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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply glorious, 30 May 2009
This review is from: Crow Country (Paperback)
Originally written for the hard back edition, this review has been copied here as Amazon don't seem to have sorted out their links and, to be honest, I wanted to provide some counterbalance to those reviews which take a somewhat different view, and with which I so obviously disagree!

Crow Country isn't just a profile of this very British bird, it's also a philosophy, a biography, an investigation and a wonderfully lyrical description of the British countryside. The subtitle "A meditation on birds, landscape and nature" is a perfect summary of this glorious slim volume: 192 pages of sheer joy. From the wonderful opening chapter where Mark Cocker almost literally paints with words the evening gathering of corvids in his local fields, I was totally wrapped up in this passionate and beautifully written book. The blurb describes this as a "prose poem". Too right. For me, this is one of the all-time great books on British natural history.
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Initial post: 4 May 2012 21:45:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 May 2012 21:48:53 BDT
gille liath says:
What on earth makes this a 'very British bird'? Most parts of the world have crows...

I have to say, your praise has done more to put me off this book than others' criticism. I don't think it's for me.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2012 09:53:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 May 2012 10:18:22 BDT
Blencathra says:
Indeed, most parts of the world do have species, with the carrion crow being distributed throughout most of western Europe. I was trying, in a fairly shorthand way, to highlight how ubiquitous crows are in Britain, and how important they are as part of the British countryside. I'd not dispute for one second Germans or French claiming that they are very German/French birds too! My apologies if my comment was misleading (BTW, my OH agrees with you!).
I'm sorry if my comments have put you off a book that you might have otherwise enjoyed, but if they have saved you from reading one that isn't for you, then I'm happy that the review will have done its job. As you will have gathered, I loved it, but it would be a boring world if we all enjoyed the same books. Having said that, I would be interested to know why my praise has put you off - not really the intended effect!
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