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The Absence of Wings by [Stewart, Mark]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2085 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N36WZNO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #574,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a collection of very touching stories written in such a way as to deliver a shocking impact on the reader. Throughout the world and time man has been the cause of many animals becoming extinct mainly through fashion and greed. In this book author Mark Stewart becomes the voice of even more endangered species, their feelings fears and lack of understanding as to why humans can do this to them. It is very heart breaking and although a massive percentage of people will say it doesn't mean me, I wouldn't do that they are wrong because by standing back and doing nothing we are as guilty.
Unfortunately quite often in the past people were unaware of the cruelty that was inflicted on animals in order for them to have make up, trinkets and medicines. Mark Stewart is the animals representative in this book, their voice to plead and make a case for a chance to rebuild their numbers and not become just a distant memory to be  admired on the internet and in books as a thing in the past. When they are gone there is no coming back. These days there is no excuse of ignorance, we as humans have never had knowledge at out finger tips  like we do nowadays.
I thought that the way Mark Stewart set the book out and became the voice of the animals describing the conditions in which they were living and the life they had once had was very clever. It made me try to guess what the animal was. It made their plights more real rather than just describing the conditions.
I wish this author so much luck to get his message out there and just hope it isn't too late. Knowing the consequences of our actions and that of others, and doing nothing about it makes us far from being intelligent creatures ourselves.
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Why? Why? Why? It's a question I often ask myself about the treatment of the creatures on this earth and it was also a question that came to me many times whilst reading this collection of short stories. Why does man wreak so much havoc on the earth? Why are we so cruel to the living creatures we share our world with?

Mark Stewart's stories look at the fates of, amongst others, a shark, whale, rabbit, squirrel, polar bear, rhino and elephant. Creatures great and small and all hunted or mistreated in some way.

When the author approached me to ask me to review this book I asked him if it would break my heart. He said no, but that I might shed a tear. I didn't do that but I felt an overwhelming sadness. The stories are very literary in style, quite wordy and I struggled with that a bit, but they're also lyrical and moving and it's obvious Stewart cares deeply about the natural world.

I've long been a supporter of various animal charities, finding it hard to comprehend the cruelty in the world. If you care too then you may find these stories well worth a read. Not an easy read at all but the reader is put right into the heart of each story, imagining how each creature feels. It's heartbreaking stuff and The Absence of Wings is an important lesson to us all in how to behave and how not to behave.
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It's unusual to find such a superb command of the English language among Indie writers nowadays. Vignettes of animals, mammals and fish with which we share our planet, and the often tragic results of their interaction with mankind is a difficult topic to make readable, but this author succeeds in doing just that. The short-story format makes this an easy read for the train, the plane or bedtime, and despite the poignancy which overlays each chapter, the language used to describe each character is so beautiful, it really is quite uplifting. If you're looking for a read that rises above the often trite badly written trash published nowadays, try this book.
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