Rich and fascinating,
This review is from: Crow Country (Hardcover)
For me great art reflects some fundamental truth about the human condition, and I feel this book does just that. Part-autobiography, part natural history, Crow Country is a rich and fascinating account of the interface between corvids and humans, and the history and psycho-geography of this relationship.
It is one of the best accounts I have read of the crucial place wildlife can have in human experience and imagination. When I hear the chuckling of the flock of jackdaws that roosts in the old church a mile away from where I live in Kent it conjures up profound feelings of connectedness and harmony in me, and Cocker is at his best as he describes his own feelings and thoughts as he walks the strange and elusive landscapes of the Broads in search of his beloved rooks.
I really love this book and would recommend it to anyone who feels, as the author does, that "natural history can serve as a metaphor for life itself". And for anyone who appreciates great writing and great art.